Defining Attributes and Demonstrating Benefits of Intelligent Water Networks

Jun 5, 2019

As with other industries, newly developed technologies drive water utilities to adapt their day-to-day operations. Water networks have been a special focus, with new instrumentation options for water production, transmission, distribution, wastewater collection, and consumer end-points coming to market. Implementing these technologies can improve the efficiency and reliability of water networks, but with a myriad of options, utilities need guidance on which technologies are most worthwhile and how they should be implemented.  In 2015, WRF initiated this Focus Area to define the characteristics, components, benefits, and costs of intelligent distribution and collection systems. Examining multiple available technologies, the projects funded under this Focus Area seek to demonstrate tangible improvements in distribution and collection systems and recommend ways to implement, integrate, and optimize smart technologies so that utilities can improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and provide better customer service.

 

Focus Area Objectives

  1. Define characteristics and components of intelligent distribution and collection systems, as well as their benefits and costs
  2. Using multiple available technologies, demonstrate tangible improvements in one or more distribution and collection systems
  3. Investigate and summarize ways to implement, integrate, and optimize various technologies to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and provide better customer service

 

Focus Area Project Timeline and Value

Defining Attributes and Demonstrating Benefits of Intelligent Water Systems

  • Timeline: 2015–2016
  • Total Project Value: $103,560
  • Focus Area Objectives: Characterize

Defining Optimum Security and Communication Methodologies for Intelligent Water Networks

  • Timeline: 2016–2018
  • Total Project Value: $240,493
  • Focus Area Objectives: Enhance

Building Workforce Skills for Intelligent Water Operations

  • Timeline: 2017
  • Total Project Value: $184,921 
  • Focus Area Objectives: Enhance

Intelligent Water Networks Summit

  • Timeline: 2017–2018
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: Characterize, Demonstrate, Enhance

Utilizing Smart Water Networks to Manage Pressure and Flow to Reduce Water Loss and Extend Useful Life Pipes

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: Demonstrate, Enhance

Future Project: Data Management - Integration and Analytics

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: TBD

Future Project: Advancing Smart Metering Technology for Utilities and Their Customers

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: TBD

Future Project: Assessing the Benefits of Intelligent Water System Components

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: Enhance

Future Project: Enabling Intelligent Water Systems - Meeting Power Requirements

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Total Project Value: TBD
  • Focus Area Objectives: Enhance

Cumulative Project Value for Focus Area (to date): $528,974

 

Projects Funded Outside of the Focus Area Program that meet a Focus Area Objective

Not applicable at this time. Numerous related AMR/AMI projects have been funding in the last decade, but are not directly relevant to this Focus Area.

Project Status

Year Initiated: 2015

Year Completed: Ongoing

 

TAC Members

Kevin Morley, AWWA

Steve Allgeier, EPA

Keith Kolkebeck, United Water

Paul Gagliardo, American Water

Clifford Chan, EBMUD

Chase Berkeley, BWSC

Reid Campbell, Halifax Regional Water Commission