South Bend Named Finalist for Smart City North America Awards

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The City of South Bend has been named a finalist for the International Data Corporation (IDC)’s 2019 Smart City North America Awards. The finalist project, Combined Sewer Overflow Real-time Decision Support System, leverages EmNet machine learning technology for efficient water management. Awards are dependent on public voting, which runs through 5:00 p.m. EST on April 4. Votes can be cast at

“This project is a great example of how a start-up, a university, and a city government can identify a challenge and partner to prototype a solution.” Said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “Our smart sewers result in real cost savings and better infrastructure for residents.”

EmNet, a Xylem brand and South Bend-born company, was founded in 2004 in partnership with the City and the University of Notre Dame. Before the implementation of EmNet’s system, the City of South Bend sewer system would overflow polluted water into the St. Joseph River. Now, the City has reduced overflow volumes by more than 70 percent annually and E.coli concentrations are down by more than 50 percent.

“The comprehensive real-time decision support system has reduced South Bend overflow volume roughly one billion gallons of water per year,” said Luis Montestruque at EmNet. “We are proud of the value that our partnership has created. South Bend is the place of our first deployment and the place we call home.”

The Smart City North America Awards (SCNAA) recognize North American municipalities like South Bend that have made strides in leveraging technology to make life better for residents. Winners will be recognized at the Smart Cities NYC event on May 14, 2019.