Innovations are equipping water utilities with the ability to change the templates of water distribution and drive modernization.
FREMONT, CA: Water delivery infrastructure is now going through the much-needed transformation. Water consumption patterns, as well as weather patterns, have undergone many changes over time. Technological breakthroughs that can combat the negative impacts of the changing patterns have also emerged. By adopting these interventions, water utilities can easily future-proof operations and services. Although water shortage seems imminent now, technological advances have sparked created opportunities for scarcity mitigation through reduced wastage and enhanced water distribution efficiency. Some innovations in the domain of water distribution that can prove to be transformative are discussed below.
• Smarter Distribution with Smart Grids
Water distribution assets are under the spell of modernization now. This has resulted in the development of smart water grids. These grids are equipped with smart sensors, smart meters and smart controls, and they are going to define the future of water distribution and management. By deploying these evolved grids, water utilities can centralize functions and foster efficient water supply networks. Besides, every step in water distribution and management will become relatively easy and data-driven.
• Access to Critical Metrics in Real-Time
Critical metrics that demonstrate the quality of water and the condition of the distribution infrastructure are becoming easily accessible. Distribution systems can thus consider the quality and contamination of water during distribution. Similarly, data about leakages and defects can also enable preventive maintenance capabilities, resulting in reduced wastage and costs of repair.
• Network Analytics Spanning Across Distribution Facilities
By incorporating cloud-backed analytics solutions that cover the entire distribution network throughout the day, water utilities can evolve unmatched capabilities. Besides, such visibility also empowers water utilities to adopt a shared-service model. A shared service model enables smaller facilities to overcome the limitations of costs and modernize water distribution.
Automated, need-based water supply systems with intelligent valves and pumps will mark the future of water distribution. The earlier water utilities adopt the innovations, the better will be the prospects of achieving efficiency and sustainability.