Solving the Water Industry’s challenges through innovation is vital if we are to achieve Ofwat’s tough targets during AMP 7 and further develop smart water quality.
As the emphasis of harnessing better collaboration to enable true innovation increases, water professionals are becoming more motivated to look for intelligent, resilient and effective solutions.
Regulation is driving change in water quality and is challenging the industry to continue improving performance, and new technologies have a major role to play. To meet these demanding targets, water companies need to change their behaviours, innovate and collaborate.
Technological innovation is crucial for an industry that’s network is large in size and scope, spans the length and breadth of the country and is suffering from age degradation. A predictive and proactive understanding of pipeline activity has long been sought out by water utilities and it is essential for operators to have access to reliable and actionable insights that allow them to co-ordinate an appropriate response.
A pioneering project is currently underway, which has seen a major water company initially investing in ATi’s surveying ‘lift and shift’ tools, NephNet, ChlorNet and SiteBox. This equipment is deployed in various controlled problem areas, with the data helping to identify problems and pinch-point locations. Following data analytics, the lift and shift equipment can then be moved to the next priority area, while permanent solutions using MetriNet, in partnership with close technology providers, are then installed. The permanently installed MetriNet and collaborative technology solutions then use dedicated apps to pull the data from each area together to deliver real insight and value.
Embracing these new technologies and employing them in legacy infrastructures will help water companies extract deeper insights on their pipeline networks and enhance operational efficiencies. Collaborative, intelligent, networked systems will not only help identify issues such as leaks, but will also improve operational tactics, promote conservation and help minimise consumption.
Moving forwards, the industry needs networked solutions that allow water suppliers to effectively monitor pipelines in real time. ATi UK has developed and identified how data from smart sensors can give water companies a much-needed boost in their efforts to move towards a truly smart water quality network.