Indian water utilities use IBM solution to create smart networks

IBM water distribution solution
India water utilities Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Kerala Water Utility is using IBM’s water distribution solution to create smart water networks

In Asia, India’s Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Kerala Water Utility (KWA) are utilising technology company IBM’s analytics technology to manage water distribution systems.

According to a local publication, the water utilities have selected to implement IBM’s Big Data and predictive analytics to meet the country’s increasing demand for water due to scarcity, rapid population growth and economic development.

For example, the growth in Bengaluru’s population from 5.4 million in 2000 to over 10 million in 2015 is putting pressure on the city’s water distribution.

The Financial Express reported the crisis has driven BWSSB to partner with IBM for the creation of an operational dashboard based on the IBM Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) to monitor, administer and manage the water supply networks.

The IBM India Software Lab developed the water distribution solution containing the GIS (geo information system) for Bengaluru to enable a real-time view of flow meters.

By converting meter data into a geo-spatial visual map, the software helps BWSSB engineers to better monitor water flow and distribution.

It also has the ability to zoom in and out, and pan and click on a specific flow meter,

IBM partners with KWA

On the other hand, the KWA is using IBM Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyse, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Trivandrum.

The utility has resorted to utilise IBM’s water distribution solution to curb non-revenue water losses due to leaking infrastructure and unauthorised use of water affecting almost 45% of fresh water.

The solution provides the city’s water supply networks and KWA management with a unified and real time view of the transmission and consumption of water across the city of Trivandrum.

The smart sensors working in conjunction with the IBM Intelligent Operations Water software enables workers to receive alerts via smart devices so they can respond in near real time to get the problem fixed.

In addition, the sensors installed throughout the treatment process allow KWA to measure water turbidity, salinity, conductivity, PH and chlorine levels in real time.

The water distribution solution also helps KWA in tracking its 210,000 water meters across the city on consumption, thereby reducing billing anomalies and improving revenue collection by more than 10%.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.