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Water Network Monitoring

What is Water Network Monitoring?

Water Network Monitoring helps utilities ensure that water flows continuously and smoothly to consumers.

It takes online information that is already collected by supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems as well as data generated by other systems. It processes the data to show real time predictions and views of the network and its behavior. When anomalies are detected, an alert is issued.

Timely warning and analysis of network anomalies means that the utility's operational staff can react before a visible and costly failure develops, energy is wasted or quality degrades.

Water network monitoring is a pure software layer that requires no physical installation and therefore requires little investment. Using TaKaDu, network issues such as leaks can be detected in advance, before they become a critical problem. As a result, water network operations are more water and energy efficient, while repair and detection expenses are reduced.

How Water Network Monitoring Works

Typically utilities use raw or barely-processed data from sensors measuring flow, pressure, and water quality indicators. Raw SCADA readings contain the information that can reduce water loss, but such information is obscured by noisy readings, network operations activities, faulty meters, variable consumption, and many other complications. Analysts do a great job but it is labor intensive and not adept at detecting all issues.

TaKaDu's water network monitoring identifies subtle clues in the data through a process of statistical analysis, as opposed to using  fixed absolute or percentage-change bounds. The network data is analyzed as a whole, not just as a collection of unrelated meters. Repeating patterns and ongoing long-term changes can be discovered in the data; small leaks can be detected and treated.

TaKaDu's Approach

TaKaDu's patented technology system takes the many signals transmitted by the network and cleans the data of network, meter, and SCADA noise. It then identifies the structure of routine network consumption and operation, and finds and categorizes irregular events and patterns. Instead of trying to learn about network health by using just night-line readings (with all the associated problems), network health is constantly re-assessed, while taking into account the huge variability and seasonality associated with water networks.

TaKaDu's water network monitoring is powered by advanced algorithms and mathematical models that identify patterns and correlate them to identify the events that really matter to the network operator. This approach requires no network changes, hardware additions or other field work. The system just makes better use of the existing data within the network.

Changing the Way Water Networks Are Monitored

TaKaDu's water network monitoring is proven to prevent, weeks or months ahead of time, many significant events in real-world networks. It does so not by way of prediction, but rather by alerting utilities to anomalies in network behaviour and classifying them. In some cases, TaKaDu can geo-locate an event, indicating in which part of the network it is likely to exist.

Water network monitoring ensures a high-quality water supply to consumers while, at the same time, optimizing utility operations and energy consumption, and minimizing non-revenue water and leaks.

 

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Ultimately, our customers will benefit from this leading edge technology, because being more efficient means we can keep bills as low as possible”

George Theo, CEO, Unitywater

 
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