Canadian city automates management of water distribution

The city of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada partnered with data analytics firm Innovyze to improve management of its water distribution network.

 The solutions provider deployed its smart water solution, SCADAWatch suite, within the city’s water distribution system to automate management of the network.

The solution will provide the city’s water division with simpler and optimised access to data regarding events taking shape within the system.

The solution will provide the city’s water division with simpler and optimised access to data regarding events taking shape within the water distribution system.

The technology collects data from multiple network equipment and technologies including advanced metering infrastructure and SCADA and presents it to users on a single dashboard. This will help the city to improve its response to situations such as water leakages, by reducing the time it spends in processing meter usage data and signals sent from sensors placed within the water distribution network.

The solutions provider claims the city will reduce its non-revenue water, energy usage and system maintenance costs through real-time management of its water system.

[quote] The technology is expected to help the city improve the life-span of its water processing, distribution and metering assets.

Water network modernisation

The project falls under efforts by the city to continue modernising its water network as well as employ technologies which would allow system operators to plan ahead for the reliability of the water distribution network.

The project is expected to help the city to enhance its customer services by ensuring consumers improve their water efficiency and reduce costs.

Jeff Cowburn, hydraulic network specialist for Abbotsford, said, “Today, the water industry faces unique challenges. The need for water conservation, data accuracy and timeliness, operational efficiency and maintenance of distribution system hydraulics and water quality integrity has never been more pressing.” [Smart meters to dominate global smart water networks market].

The city’s water department provides smart water services to some 160,000 consumers and operates a distribution network comprising 907 km of distribution mains, 95 km of transmission mains, 12 storage reservoirs, 53 pumps, 71 control valves and 30 pressure zones.


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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.