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The need for real-time information can make or break the performance of water supply management of a plant. By Jayati Shukla, Offer Manager (Water & Wastewater), AVEVA Asia Pacific.

In April 2018, a Reuters report revealed the fact that South Asia’s per capita water availability was already below the world average. There could be water scarcity in the region by 2025, ie: less than 1,000 cubic metres/person leading up to a “Day Zero” situation when taps of the cities run dry. Population growth and global warming are just some of the issues that brought about this water crisis, and to top it all there was the issue of poor management of water resources. The need to monitor, manage, supply water across cities has never been more critical as it is now.

Enter smart water solutions – that evaluate and control the operations that run the water collection, storage, treatment and supply networks. It is an intricate network governed by technology that strategically micro-manages, down to a detail, every part of the water journey from source to tap. With digitisation in operations of water management, organisations are now able to estimate the trends that evolve during the various processes in the lifecycle. It can be a way to secure the future of vital resources.

In a customer-centric environment, forecasting the behavioural patterns in water use can lead to better planning and scheduling of operations. The need for real-time information in such a case can make or break the performance of water supply management of a plant as it faces the challenges of coping with the demand for continuous supply of high water quality across a large area.

So how do we get this done?

A range of SMART Water Network Management software solutions by AVEVA to optimise and operate water supply network are proven examples of the digitisation that is taking over the water and wastewater industry.

The Aquis – Water Network Management software is an advanced and comprehensive water management solution. The Aquis hydraulic modelling tool simulates the behaviour of flow directions, pressure, and water quality conditions in the water distribution network. The Aquis model can be configured to retrieve real-time data from various sources, such as a SCADA or GIS systems, weather forecast information, valve databases, billing data, etc. Based on this data, it can run real-time simulations for real-time control of the entire network. Aquis – Water Network Management includes several features and modules for pressure management, optimisation of pumping plans and real-time leak management which enable water utilities to save on operating costs and capital investments.

Water Network Optimisation (WNO) is an extension of Aquis smart water solution, which forms the Water Command Centre wherein the operators in the plant are empowered with information and data that is easily decipherable and streamlined to provide the right inputs at the right time. WNO helps transform network management proactively through alerts and information to the SCADA operators along with visualisation embedded in the human machine interface (HMI).

Transforming this real-time data into real-time action sets the stage for mobility as a platform in this situation. Digitisation extends to mobility as it connects the dots across various points in the operations of the water network to ensure visibility across for all the stakeholders at various levels in the operations.

With this overview, what would be the investments involved in such a digitisation process to drive operations and performance?

  1. Infrastructure – A full-fledged control and command centre that would provide complete visibility so that teams managing the water network understand and act based on trends and reactions that emanate from the various systems.
  2. Data And Operational Security – Provide a secure digital environment that cannot be manipulated and responds to certain pre-defined operations that have been embedded in the system.
  3. Data Feed And Storage – The infrastructure management involves managing the historical and real-time data that helps to efficiently plan operations and maintenance actions.

A full-fledged digitised water network management facility can now gain predictive alerts for upcoming unknown problems, analyse historical data for improvement, enable a faster response for corrective measures, and lead collaborations across departments for the effort to reduce water loss.

The adoption of AVEVA’s smart technologies, advanced data analytics, holistic and integrated approach with secure wireless connectivity will be the right fit for the efficient management of any water utility.

AVEVA, understands that quality, quantity and water pressure points are the key performance criteria that can be addressed with real-time analytics, water network supervision and optimisation that can transform water network management from a reactive to a proactive process. Digitisation is about bringing your world to you at your fingertips… and that’s what is envisioned here.

AVEVA’s digitalised water networks in the advanced utilities are experiencing tangible and intangible benefits such as:

  • Reduction of Non Revenue Water (NRW) by 15 percent.
  • Reduction of energy cost by 20 percent.
  • Increase in operational efficiency by 25 percent.
  • Reduction of carbon footprint by 20 percent.

Currently, there are ongoing utility projects in Southeast Asia, China and India. We are sure these utilities will also benefit from digitalisation.

There is an opportunity for every utility to employ AVEVA’s unique digitalised solution:

  • To ensure the taps are not “just running” but running with adequate quantity and quality for consumers,
  • To ensure the utilities also run at highest efficiency to achieve economic balance between their CAPEX, OPEX and concessions.

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