Use Cases Construction & Buildings Intelligent Urban Water Supply Management

Intelligent Urban Water Supply Management

Intelligent Urban Water Supply Management uses IoT gateways to securely connect the water supply asset (e.g. pressurizing pumps) to the cloud service platform where advanced analytics are applied to the operational data communicated from the assets. The operational insight obtained from the analytics are used to drive the water supply domain applications to monitor and provide advanced maintenance capability, monitor water quality, detect water leakages, reduce energy consumption of pressurizing pumps and ensure equitable water distributions to the points of consumption during water peak usage hours and water supply shortages.
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The Municipality of Orford Use eWON for Water Supply
The Municipality of Orford Use eWON for Water Supply
Orford, Quebec is home to 3,600 people. The rugged hills surrounding the town complicate the job of supplying water to its residents, businesses and fire protection services.
IIC - Intelligent Urban Water Supply Testbed
IIC - Intelligent Urban Water Supply Testbed
Water, after air, is the second most critical natural resource our lives depend upon. Maintaining adequate clean and safe water supply to urban residents has become ever-challenging. This is especially so under the pressure from the rapid urbanization of the populations in developing countries and increasingly severe constraints of available water resources in many parts of the world. The situation is exacerbated by the inadequate and aging equipment deployed in the water supply infrastructure and the ineffectiveness in the management of the operations of the equipment. The consequence of these conditions impacts to the health and quality of lives of millions of urban residents. The prevailing conditions in the urban water supply systems include: • Safety: Inability to timely detect water quality issues that may lead to health problems • Service Availability: Inability to detect, address and prevent, on a timely basis, operational issues that cause unnecessary service outages • Efficiency: Inability to assess and identify water leakages, and to identify and address energy over-consumption in heavy operational assets (e.g. water-pressurizing bumps), both leading to wastefulness of valuable resources and in the latter case negatively impacting the environment • Effectiveness: Inability to optimize the operation of a group of water-pressuring pumps to provide equitable water supply and to avoid equipment damages under these conditions.
The mosque needed a way to test its water supply and whenever the system registers a potential problem with the ph, sourcing, distribution, or cleanliness needed to be alerted.

Smart Water Metering Market size will exceed USD 3 Billion by 2024.

Source: Global Market Insights, Inc.


What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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What business value do Intelligent Urban Water Supply systems?

- Increase the safety and quality of the water supply by employing system-wide water quality monitoring, supported by analytics, to raise water quality issues & identify sources of degradation.

- Improve the availability of the water supply by employing advanced asset maintenance capabilities with real-time monitoring, fault detection, and preventive maintenance to improve water supply asset reliability.

- Enhance efficiency of water supply operations by employing advanced analytics on water supply asset operational data to reduce asset energy consumption, detect water leakage and optimize system-wide water distribution during peak usage hours or under shortage in supply.


Which technologies are used in a system and what are the critical technology?
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What technologies are used on Intelligent urban water?

EPANET (a water distribution system and pumping simulation tool) that allows complex rule-based decisions to be optimized. This enables extensive exploration of optimization of pumping especially in multiple tanks and multiple pump station systems.

What is SWG?

Smart water grids (SWGs) for use in water management platforms, which integrates information and communication technology (ICT) into a single water management scheme. SWG technology is seen as a promising solution for resolving recent critical global water problems. To ensure the security of water quantity, safety of water quality, and ICT-based water management solutions, SWG technology should integrate five prime research areas:

- Platform configuration in both water and ICT networks

- Guarantee water resources including both natural and manufactured water

- Intelligent control of water flow using bi-directional communication in water infrastructure

- Better management scheme dealing with risk-minimization for assets in the water infrastructure

- Energy efficiency in operating and maintaining water infrastructure. 

What System/Network Monitoring Methods are available?

Automated Meter Reading (AMR): is a method of obtaining water meter readings through radio-transmitted signals. Using AMR technology, utility personnel can walk or drive by residences to collect water usage readings.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI): this technology was improved to help optimize water distribution networks including sewer and combined sewer system. AMI is a system that remotely and continuously collects and transmits information to various parties. 

Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA): this is a computer-controlled system that helps to monitor and control processes. SCADA systems acquire information from remote devices such as pumps, valves, transmitters, and others. SCADA systems consist of four levels of components/communication: field instrumentation, PLCs/RTUs, Comms/Telemetry, and SCADA Host.



What data is obtained by the system and what are the critical data management decision points?
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What data can we get thanks to Intelligent urban water systems?

Intelligent urban water systems use state-of-the-art sensors and specialized software to continuously monitor and analyze the health of a system such as a water supply treatment system and network. This results in detailed information such as water consumption by hour, total volumes consumed, or minimum hourly flow per day, being relayed to water authorities.

How is data obtained by the system?

Smart Water Grid technology arises from data transmission, which utilizes radio frequency (RF).


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