We are all keenly aware that water is a precious resource we need to protect. Its essential for our good health and well-being. With rapidly growing urban populations, however, water utilities worldwide are struggling to provide clean water and sanitation to their consumers.
High levels of water loss in distribution networks known as Non-Revenue Water (NRW) is a large part of the problem. The World Bank estimates more than $14 billion is lost every year by water utilities around the world due to NRW and that reducing those losses by half would generate $2.9 billion and serve an additional 90 million people. [Source: The Challenge of Reducing Non-Revenue Water in Developing Countries, The World Bank]
NRW loss has many causes. Physical losses from ageing & inadequate infrastructure is a major source of NRW. In fact, 60% of water is lost due to leaky pipes around the world 30% of pipes are between 40 and 80 years old in water systems that serve 100,000 or more people. [Source: Water Waste Statistics from Leaky Pipes] Commercial lossescaused by the under-registration or faulty customer meters, data handling errors, theft and unbilled authorized consumption are examples of additional NRW challenges.
Proactively addressing NRW provides many benefits. Proper management can help improve service to existing customers and promote economic growth by providing new business opportunities. In fact, where active water loss reduction programs have been implemented, the benefits to consumers and utilities alike have been significant. The increased amount of clean, treated water in the system eliminates the need to look for new sources of water. The increased revenue collected by the water utilities helps support the investments needed in infrastructure upgrades and that, in turn, provides new job opportunities. It is, in fact, far more efficient and cost effective to invest in non-revenue water reduction than it is to invest in capital projects to augment water supply capacity.
In spite of these compelling benefits, reducing NRW can be challenging. Often, utility leaders do not have access to information about the causes and cost of NRW and analytic capabilities needed to determine the actions that can be taken to reduce it.
What is needed is an intelligent water management solution that provides:
- Real-time water distribution network awareness with alerts that inform utility managers of sudden breaches in Key Performance indicators (KPIs) so they can take direct action and publish early warnings to enterprise systems.
- Proactive water loss management that helps evaluate beforehand the impact of NRW reduction initiatives, and plan optimal strategies to reach set goals and objectives.
- Recommended actions to help network teams reduce NRW based on analysis of goals, water balance data, trends, and forecasts.
TCS IUX Intelligent Water Management is a comprehensive solution that provides utilities and water networks with a more systematic approach to the proactive management and execution of water loss reduction across all levels of the water network for both real time response and long term planning. Its integrated and easy to use, designed with a flexible, modular, cloud-based architecture to launch smart water initiatives quickly and cost-effectively. Please watch the video below for more information about IUX Intelligent Water Management.
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