Use Cases Water Quality and Leakage Monitoring

Water Quality and Leakage Monitoring

Smart Water Monitoring Platforms are ultra-low-power sensor nodes designed for use in rugged environments and deployment in hard-to-access locations. They detect damages in the water supply infrastructure and potential risks to public health or environmental damage in real-time.

Water leaks typically go undetected or are responded to only after the event. Therefore, a significant amount of water is lost due to excessive irrigation (only 70% of the water supplied is consumed by agriculture).

The demand for innovative solutions to enable more efficient use of available water resources, to improve drinking water quality, and improve water resource planning is growing. Due to this, some analysts estimate the global water sector to be worth 1 trillion USD per year by 2025.

IoT enables precise control over water resources data, thus allowing an efficient and optimized management of water companies. Smart water management systems can make a fast and significant improvement to the cost and reliability of water supplies, especially in urban areas and in agriculture.

There are various applications for smart water management such as water leakage detection, watering management through sensors, drinking water quality monitoring, quality control of pools and water reserves, etc. At present, water companies have numerous sensors and devices which are able to provide input for detailed reports about relevant business critical factors – including water temperature, water quality/composition, water pressure, water flow, etc. However, most water companies still lack advanced real-time reporting and prediction capabilities to monitor “changing” factors. As a consequence, there is a focus on real-time data extraction, reporting, visualization.


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The water treatment facility in Lannion, France has been tasked to treat and manage the water supply for the town and surrounding region of 22,000 people, using two plant locations to process almost two million gallons each and every day. By any standard, that’s a lot for one operation to manage and maintain all by itself. To help catch problems before they even start, they implement a water treatment facility alarm notification system.
Relieving the Pressure on Water Companies and Opening Global Markets
Relieving the Pressure on Water Companies and Opening Global Markets
In the UK more than 3.3 billion litres of water are lost through leaking pipes every day. That’s equivalent to 20 percent of the nation’s water supply and enough to service the needs of 11 million consumers. Meanwhile the Environment Agency predicts water levels could drop by a further 10 - 15 per cent over the coming decades due to climate change and population growth. Water authorities are therefore facing increasing demand to find new and innovative ways to monitor water flow within pipes and ensure any possible loss is found and stopped as efficiently as possible. This pressure in part has a financial implication; water companies work to strict leakage targets by Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales. Failure to meet these targets will result in a fine. There is also pressure from increasing environmentally conscious customers and will be impacted by the effects of a drought in the case of a severe water shortage. As recently as 2012 the UK was hit by the worst drought in 25 years, which led to a hosepipe ban for over 20 million households. At the time the blame was put firmly at the door of water companies for failing to prevent leaks.
An undersized wet pond outside of Portland needed intelligent flow control function and hydromodification for improvements to water quality.

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

What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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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.


What data is obtained by the system and what are the critical data management decision points?
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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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