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Title: INTELLIGENT WATER NETWORK - STRATEGIC ENABLER FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT: HOW CAN SINGAPORE ADOPT SMART TECHNOLOGIES INTO ITS WATER DISTRIBUTION/SUPPLY PLANS?
Authors: S BUVANA
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Sekhar Kondepudi
2014/2015 PFM
Smart Water Network
Smart Water Technologies
Supply Side
Sustainable Water management
Water Footprint
Singapore
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2015
Citation: S BUVANA (2015-07-23). INTELLIGENT WATER NETWORK - STRATEGIC ENABLER FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT: HOW CAN SINGAPORE ADOPT SMART TECHNOLOGIES INTO ITS WATER DISTRIBUTION/SUPPLY PLANS?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Today the word “sustainable’ is the new age word that is increasingly gaining importance across many countries. Water being a scarce yet essential resource for human needs is a prime agenda on many governments’ lists. There is a need to provide probable solutions to tackle the ever increasing issues faced by the global water supply day to day by both developing and developed countries. Water impacts almost every aspect of human life from basic the need for survival like drinking water to empowering the world economy in areas of production of food and goods and services. The rising foot print of water coupled with the water network plagued with issues such increasing areas of severe water stress, aging infrastructure which are incapable of handling large volumes of water supply, inaccessibility to clean drinking water and problems of water leakages (non -revenue water) are key problem factors that need to be addressed. Due to poor water management practices in some countries around the world, such as insufficient water distribution channels, even in the midst of water ability, transfer could be prevented. It is key to note that factors such as drastic population growth numbers and climate change have a part to play in increasing demand forces for water. Climate change is causing unpredictable weather patterns which renders water as scarce in many urban areas around the world. It is predicted that by 2025, approximately 1.8 billion people will face chronic water shortages in the areas they live and almost 67% of the global population will be located in water stressed areas due to the rise in demand, increase in urban population numbers and climate change. Thus, upon identifying the underlying water issues like increasing demand not meeting the supply end of utilities, substantial gaps between these events are then identified. This paper addresses the importance of water as a resource irreplaceable and the impending need to find a sustainable yet probable solution in better managing the water network. Smart Water Management and the smart technologies accompanying the integration of such a system is then discussed. This dissertation seeks to find the opportunities and costs of incorporating an enhanced intelligent water network. Relevant smart water techniques and tools such as smart sensors, smart meters, GIS, semantics and SCADA data monitoring tools are then brought into discussion. Their relevance in the smart water supply management industry and how the problems of water deficits and water leakages could be controlled using the smart technologies layers into operational duties are explained. The tangible benefits incurred on the utility side and the macro environmental level are discussed. The scope of this dissertation analyses the implementation of smart water technologies especially in Singapore’s distribution of urban water supply. Field work entailing various case studies and the effects of integrated smart water management are studied upon to analyze the feasibilities of Smart Water Technologies. Expert opinion interview extracts abstract ideas on the current resource management and the possibilities of integrating smart water management throughout the supply chain with enhanced quality testing and optimal levels of water pressures in Singapore’s context. The assessment will review the implementation and the cost-benefit analysis of integration of smart water technologies in Singapore water network. Smart solutions are offered in lieu with enhancing the operators’ efficient levels of water distribution and lowering of operational costs. In concluding sections in addition to looking into the supply chain of water and the incorporation of smart tools to save energy and costs; further ideas are built upon into expanding technological tools into the demand aspects of water resource.
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