Vitens and KWR partners in SmartWater4Europe
The intelligent drinking water provision of the future
It is estimated that every year about € 20 billion is invested to keep Europe’s water distribution networks up to date. Under the leadership of the Dutch water company Vitens, a consortium of 21 European partners, including KWR, submitted a research proposal to the European Commission for the development and demonstration of “smart” mains networks: SmartWater4Europe. The proposal has been accepted and the projects starts on 1 January 2014.
Studying 35,000 km of water mains in four countries
Smart networks make it possible, on the basis of real-time information on water quality, energy consumption and leakages, for network managers to intervene quickly and effectively and manage their networks well. The European Commission recognises the potential of these networks and has made the funding available, within the framework of the FP7 programme Water Innovation Demonstration Projects, for the consortium to conduct a four-year research project.
Implementing models for smart networks
By working together within the consortium, the participants can carry out tests with sensors and software on a combined network of no less than 35,000 km in four European countries. KWR provides for the research into the application of models in the establishment and operation of smart mains networks, with a focus on water quality, leakage losses and energy optimisation.
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Peter van Thienen
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