The Potential Future Innovative Application of Municipal Water Supply Database
Authors: Thewodros G. Mamo, Ilan Juran
The use of multi parameter sensors for the day to day operational and management activities become an essential component of leading water utility companies in the effort to modernize their water distribution pipeline networks systems. The integration of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), geographic information system (GIS) technology and smart automatic meter reading (AMR) by water utility companies to their systems, with the widespread deployment of multi-parameter sensors to monitor water distribution pipeline networks operational activities, allows vast amount of data to be collected, analyzed, and acted upon in the shortest periods of time. These multi-parameter sensors not only respond to the change of operational pattern to produce data, they also embed with computing and communication capabilities. These systems are able to store, process locally and transfer data they produce to the water utility companies’ main database. Therefore the main aim of this paper is to explore the potential future uses of this operational water distribution pipeline networks database considering the current limited use by highlighting the immediate opportunities these data will creates for the purpose of an innovative application to monitor and identify anomalies and optimize water utility operational and management practices.