Smart water systems consist of IoT-enabled sensors that collect real-time data and can be used to optimize water facilities by detecting leaks, monitoring how water is distributed, monitoring overflow, and identifying maintenance issues. Nonrevenue water (NRW) refers to water that has been produced but is “lost” before reaching the consumer, either through leaks or because of metering inaccuracies. It is estimated that, in the United States alone, reducing NRW losses by half would generate $2.9 billion and provide water to an additional 90 million residents.
Goals and Objectives
Remote monitoring of NRW can be achieved by using a variety of sensor technologies or historical pattern analysis to reduce water waste and its associated costs.
Solution components including IoT sensors, wireless, big data/analytics, processor capacity, memory, communication network modules, device management software, and meter data management software (Digital twin technology is also being deployed for water network optimization.)
Use Case Summary
Smart water management systems leverage technology to detect leakages and maintenance issues earlier, to proactively fix and maintain equipment, and to pinpoint aberrant patterns in water usage to flag metering inaccuracies and improve the service.