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One of the major challenges for sustainable development faced by both the developed and developing countries is to ensure that all people continue to have reliable access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services. According to the UN World Water Development Report, by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater. Life is literally dependent on our ability to match the supply and demand of water, of appropriate quality, to specific communities and users at specific times or rates. Our homes, factories, cities, farms, and recreation areas require water, and their success (i.e., Sustainability) relies on the effective functioning of natural and human water delivery systems.


Water scarcity and water quality are emerging as key issues of public concern and increasing inhibitors of growth in cities and countries around the world. As a result, the market for safe, available water, infrastructure and technologies that treat and transport water is expected to continue to grow rapidly as stakeholders look for new solutions and approaches to integrated water resource management.


Every time your utility gathers, treats, and distributes water — every time a pump starts, every time a tank is filled, every time a tap is opened — you are also generating and distributing data. In general terms, each and every water management activity creates data that can reveal valuable network operations and business insight. The challenge is to transform this massive amount of data into meaningful information and transfer it quickly and accurately throughout the utility to all functions and departments that can use it, both within the utility and beyond. A smart water network not only provides enhanced automated process control, but also can fully process data in real time to yield the meaningful information that can be put to work — to save water and labour costs, optimize compliance and security, and ensure good customer service.

What Is Smart Water Network

A smart water network is a fully integrated set of products, solutions and systems that enable water utilities to:


·         Remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems, pre-emptively prioritize and manage maintenance issues, and remotely control and optimize all aspects of the water distribution network using data-driven insights

·         Comply transparently and confidently with regulatory and policy requirements on water quality and conservation

·         Provide water customers with the information and tools they need to make informed choices about their behaviors and water usage patterns


The smart water network takes advantage of real-time data, from pumps, tanks, valves and other vital distribution network points, to automate process control and support real-time operations decisions as needed. It operates with an information management system with open channels that also make operations data available accurately, securely and in a timely manner to business processes across the utility. This enterprise approach not only improves efficiency and effectiveness of treatment and distribution functions, but also supports planning, O&M coordination, customer service, and business office activities. The three core elements of Smart Water Networks are:


·         Information: Making full use of all data generated by a water utility


·         Integration: Utilizing current IT systems to maximize previous investments


·         Innovation: Designing a system flexible enough to meet future challenges


Use of GIS in Smart Water Network

Water resource assessment and management are inherently geographical activities requiring the handling of multiple forms of spatial data. Various combinations of geographic information systems (GISs) and simulation models will be required to improve our knowledge in these areas. GISs offer powerful new tools for the collection, storage, management, and display of map related information, whereas simulation models can provide decision- makers with interactive analysis tools for understanding the physical system and judging how management actions might affect that system.

GIS has played a major role in the development of distributed hydrologic models and in improving our understanding of the spatial aspects of the distribution and movement of water in landscapes. It has also greatly influenced the study of the impact of land use on water resources. The management of water resources requires a wide range of spatial data, from hydrography and water distribution and collection systems, representing the status of water resources, to phenomena influencing the quality and movement of water such as terrain, climate, soils, and land use.
Simply, information from a well-integrated system is accurate, secure, ontime and helps the utility as a whole making better decisions in less time. The cross-departmental nature of the smart water network even allows the utility to take proactive actions in areas where it was not possible before. Managing water leaks is a good example, because the occurrence of a leak usually impacts several departments. The utility operating with a smart water network has reliable information that can help prevent leaks and expedite location and repair when they do occur — and save costs and water.

In addition, GIS also helps in monitoring surface and sub-surface water quality by measuring oxygen, pH, bacterial content, etc. It also measures flow rate of water and turbidity.


Advantages of Smart Water Networks

Improved leakage and pressure management: Utilities around the globe report loss of around 40% of clean water due to leaks. By reducing the amount of water leaked, smart water networks can reduce the amount of money wasted on producing or purchasing water, consuming energy required to pump water and treating water for distribution.

Strategic prioritization and allocation of capital expenditures: Employing dynamic asset management tools can result in a 15 percent savings on capital expenditures by strategically directing investment. To close the gap between the capital spending required and the amount of financing available, utilities need access to information, to better understand the evolving status of their network assets, including pipes.

Streamlined network operations and maintenance: Utilities can save upto 20% in vehicle and labor efficiency and productivity by implementing smarter that provides the critical data, via remote operations. A smart water network solution can help streamline network operations and sustain maintenance by automating tasks associated with routine maintenance and operation of the water distribution system.

Streamlined water quality monitoring: Smart water networks can save up to 70 percent of quality monitoring costs, and far more in avoided catastrophe. A smart water network solution for water quality monitoring would enable utilities to automatically sample and test for water quality and intervene quickly to mitigate potential issues.


A Way Forward

Smart water networks will begin to take hold when the potential value for utilities becomes abundantly clear and the ability to capture that value is made easier. Only with a concerted effort from all major stakeholders can we truly redefine the water industry as it stands today and overcome the looming challenges posed by water scarcity and water quality. Some steps should be taken by Utilities, Municipalities and Regulators for adoption of smart water networks.


Utilities and municipalities

·         Help technology providers pilot solutions and establish benefits of smart water networks.

·         Explore opportunities to learn more about the benefits of investing in holistic solutions to smart water networks.

·         Identify an internal smart water network champion.



·         Reward and incentivize improvements in operational efficiency.

·         Leverage smart water technologies to achieve higher water quality standards.



Smart water networks represent a tremendous opportunity for water utilities to realize significant financial savings, address global concerns on water safety and quality and position themselves for an increasingly resource-constrained future. The time is right for utilities to seize this opportunity, but that success will require the collective effort and collaboration of stakeholders across the water industry.


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