water utilities and IoT solutions deployment
UK utility South West Water Limited entered into a deal with technology management firm Hitachi Consulting to optimise its operations.

Under the three-year contract, Hitachi Consulting will integrate IoT solutions into utility’s network to ensure real-time management of the water distribution system.

The IoT solutions will include Supervisory Control and Data Access (SCADA) system and communications infrastructure for network data telemetry.

Hitachi Consulting will use Microsoft’s cloud based IoT solutions suite Azure technologies to help the utility firm manage multiple applications to improve customer service and maintain reliability of its network.

South West Water Limited will use the technologies to comply with future regulations within the UK water industry.

[quote] Kevin Nankivell, head of Information Technology at South West Water, commented:  “We collect huge volumes of data on water quality, network performance, customer service, maintenance and a variety of other measures, and it can be a challenge to consolidate and analyse these sources of information in a cost effective manner.”

Claire Thomas, senior account manager at Hitachi Consulting, added: “South West Water has ambitious plans to change the way data is used, to make it a key strategic asset within its organisation.” [Hitachi to accelerate smart grid development in the US]

South West Water Limited provides water and wastewater services to homes and businesses in English cities of Devon, Cornwall and parts of Dorset and Somerset.

IoT solutions and operational efficiency

The news follows the signing of a demand response contract by UK utility company Welsh Water with Open Energi to reduce power usage by it water plants.

The deployment of the solution is expected to help Welsh Water to lower its energy costs. Moreover, by implementing the project, the water company believes it will assist its power supplier, National Grid, to manage peak demand.

The contract also falls under the water utility’s efforts to contribute towards increased adoption of renewable energy sources and reduced carbon emissions.

The system is said automatically adjusts the utility’s water pumps to low power consuming in the event that the grid demand exceeds the power available.

On the other hand, the system will raise the power demand from the Welsh Water plants during times when generation from renewable energy resources is high to avoid waste of energy generated.

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Nicholas Nhede
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.