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Water Utility Management

Water utility management systems monitor and collect data on the infrastructure used to store and deliver water to improve the efficiency of water delivery to customers. Aging infrastructure means that the vast majority of the reticulation network that delivers water to customers have been invisible to the utility company. By placing IoT sensors on water utility infrastructure, the utility operator can collect data on the water flowing between the different points to detect leakages, shortages, quality levels, and consumption levels. Sensors can also assess the condition of infrastructure to enable preventative and Predictive Maintenance.

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  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
    Mining
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
    Quality Assurance
  • CASE STUDIES
  • Siemens: Automation of the Oguz-Gabala-Baku water pipeline, Azerbaijan
    The Oguz-Gabala-Baku water pipeline project dates back to plans from the 1970’s. Baku’s growth was historically driven by the booming oil industry and required the import of drinking water from outside of the city. Before the construction of the pipeline, some 60 percent of the city’s households received water for only a few hours daily. After completion of the project, 75 percent of the two million Baku residents are now served around the clock with potable water, based on World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The 262-kilometer pipeline requires no pumping station, but uses the altitude differences between the Caucasian mountains and the capital to supply 432,000 m³/d to the Ceyranbatan water reservoir. To the people of Baku, the pipeline is “the most important project not only in 2010, but of the last 20 years.”
    Itron: Improve Turlock's Water Communication Module
    The City of Turlock has a population of more than 70,000 across a 17-square-mile service territory. The City of Turlock recognized changing water conditions and the need to take action to address impacts from California's drought to ensure future availability of water for residents. The city was interested in automating its meter reading and leak detection processes in support of conservation measures.
    Opti: Hydromodification
    An undersized wet pond outside of Portland needed intelligent flow control function and hydromodification for improvements to water quality.
  • MARKET SIZE
  • The water quality monitoring market is expected to be valued at USD 4.69 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.54% between 2016 and 2025.

    Source: Markets and Markets

  • BUSINESS VIEWPOINT
  • What is the business value of Water Quality and Leakage Monitoring?

    - Extra revenues through cost savings: water management costs can be  reduced by real-time monitoring of all operations (including leaks, pressure sensors, and IoT software analytics), consequently resulting in optimized asset utilization, improved operational processes, energy costs savings, minimized human intervention, lower maintenance costs, and lower infrastructure costs

    - Productivity increase: IoT allows real-time control for smarter business decisions, reduced operating costs, optimized processes and resources, and service time reduction

    - Increased efficiency: water management companies and associations can use real-time operational control to make smarter business decisions and reduce operating costs

    - Improved operational process control and monitoring

    -Optimized and transparent asset utilization: smart meters, sensors, and connectivity significantly improve tracking of all assets, providing real-time visibility into the supply chain

    - Optimized and transparent asset utilization: by using sensors and connectivity, water companies significantly improve tracking of all their assets, gaining real-time visibility into their supply chains

    - Real-time knowledge of water usage statistics and analytics for smarter and faster decisions: IoT analytics can eliminate data irregularities and provide a real-time view on unbilled water statistics or any relevant statistic needed in the decision making process.

    - Minimal maintenance costs while improving safety and reliability of network operations: being able to the locate all assets, to do real-time monitoring and to control and run preventive maintenance on critical pieces of infrastructure and machinery, water companies significantly reduce maintenance costs and minimize response time.

     

  • STAKEHOLDER VIEWPOINT
  • TECHNOLOGY VIEWPOINT
  • DATA VIEWPOINT
  • Why is important the real-time data analytics in a water management system?

    An IoT based water management system leverages the power of real-time data analytics to:

    - Respond and avoid emergencies efficiently

    - Recapture revenue

    - Lower energy costs

    - Reduce emergency repair scenarios

    -Detect and manage water loss

    - Predict potential pipe failures

    - Manage water pressure

    - Better allocate maintenance and repair costs

     

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