Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Lisican showcases a handful of features to read in the April 2017 issue of Water & Wastes Digest.
How to implement & get the most out of a smart water network
One-third of utilities around the globe report a loss of more than 40% of clean water due to leaks.
Smart water networks address this issue. With cohesive communication capabilities and massive amounts of real-time data, smart water networks enable utilities to identify leaks, better serve customers and conserve water.
A smart water network is an integrated set of products, solutions and systems that enable utilities to:
To avoid missing an opportunity to improve operational efficiency, utilities should follow these steps to water and revenue conservation with a smart water network:
1. Determine your needs. It is important to identify exactly what you need when implementing smart technology. Are you looking to only monitor for leaks or do you also want to send direct messages to customers, alerting them to heavy usage? Or perhaps you want a long-lasting technology to lead you into the future. Once you determine what you need, you can select the technology best suited for you.
2. Select your technology. As you shop for a smart water network, make sure your selection is sustainable, intelligent, reliable and customizable.
A sustainable communication network needs to meet your needs today and in the future. Consider a multi-application network that is scalable to support other technology in the future. This consideration does not just impact utilities—the right network can be scaled to address other needs within a city, such as lighting.
Intelligence is equally important. The influx of data from a smart water network can overwhelm many utilities. The right network offers alarms and alerts to streamline data and provide exactly the information a utility requires to make decisions.
It also is vital to ensure that your smart water network will last for many years to come. Communications systems can become obsolete after just a few years, so make certain you select a dependable, upgradeable, long-lasting technology.
Lastly, take customization into consideration. Like all utilities, your organization is unique, so your smart water network solution must be unique too. When selecting a network, confirm it can be customized to suit your needs.
3. Plan your deployment. Once you select your technology, begin putting it to use. Follow these deployment steps:
4. Make the most of your data. Now that your smart water network is in full operation, turn your data into actionable insights by doing the following:
Water utilities that implement a smart water network will: