Smart and Integrated Water Infrastructure Technologies have disrupted and questioned the old-fashioned practices in maintaining expansive water infrastructure systems around the world. These technologies address the growing momentum of the threats and concerns of traditional water infrastructure maintenance methods, like the age-based water infrastructure asset maintenance approach, explaining how innovative approaches are more crucial than conservative asset management strategies. Technologically advanced approaches can be deployed to overcome the economic, social and environmental consequences during water infrastructure management.
Utilising such technologies can deliver a range of advantages for water utility service enablers when manoeuvring and maintaining infrastructure health and resilience to enable seamless levels of services to their target communities. Some of the most remarkable advantages of using innovative technology in managing water infrastructure are:
- Conversing and recovering energy and nutrients during infrastructural operations
- Ensuring the steadfast and dynamic resilience of infrastructure despite the changing environmental and climatic conditions
- Improving the compliance to water quality standards in estuaries, oceans and watersheds
- Improving the greening of water infrastructure management
- Mitigate costs, risks and disaster recovery difficulties with smart water monitoring
- Mitigating the impact of the water from energy production
- Optimising performance from smaller systems to expansive and elastic water infrastructures
- Preserving water resources and encouraging reuse of water
- Upheave the reliability of water sanitation and drinking water quality standards, and more.
Ten of The Most Noteworthy Technologies Used in Water Infrastructure Management
CCTV Infrastructure Inspection Fleets
Consolidated Intuitive Dashboards
Big Data Technologies
Emerging Satellite Technologies
IIoT Sensor Networks
A technological upgrade that can facilitate the worrisome and costly water main ruptures in water infrastructures is IIoT-powered Nanosensor Networks. The big data collected by these integrated and interoperable smart sensors allows uninterrupted water services and optimises the water distribution systems holistically. This technology is used to accumulate sensors like smart pressures and flow mentors, leakage monitoring sensors, water quality and usage sensors and more to an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure). The data extracted by this IIoT-powered sensor network allows the asset managers to calibrate water and hydraulic models with District Metered Areas (DMAs), Active Leak Detection, Pressure Management Technologies and more.
Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
Predictive and prescriptive analytics play key roles in water infrastructure management and maintenance. These technologies use AI and ML models powered by predictive and prescriptive analytics to discover hidden patterns of parametric behaviours of water infrastructure. Thus, the water infrastructure utilisers can use the insights derived by these tools to predict maintenance requirements and prescribe careful utilisation of resources, prioritisation of maintenance protocol based on asset conditions, and put a permanent stop to spontaneous asset risk, failures and suboptimal performances. With informed predictive and prescriptive maintenance, water utility managers can ensure that water infrastructures are not struck by prolonged downtimes or random financial or structural conundrums during operation.
Scalable GIS Mapping
Simulation Platforms for Event-driven Infrastructure Insights
Smart Digital Twins
User-defined AI and ML Algorithms
Technologies Keep Surprising The Water Utility Industry
Many technologies have been disrupting the water infrastructure management efforts around the globe. With elastic water infrastructure, sprawling populations and dynamic climatic events, the need for more innovative technologies is a need. The top ten technologies have delivered amazing benefits for water utility service enablers to save money significantly, time and efforts, ensuring the health and unfaltering performance of water assets. However, the search for more disruptive technologies and newer ways to optimise smart, resilient and integrated systems is at a clear place to start in the near future.