Dale A. Martin
Nowadays there is a real need for a smart, energy-efficient water management system in almost every area of the economy, as security of supply and efficiency are key factors. SIWA, a software based on digitalisation and developed by Siemens, supported the company in avoiding a lot of unnecessary environmental burdens and it also provides a real business benefit from cost savings.
The digitalisation of the water sector
Solutions of the macro-sustainability challenges
Improving the efficiency of water distribution and usage
What´s the solution?
Siemens has created the SIWA Water Management System to avoid unnecessary water loss and optimize the use of resources. This system is based on digitalization and automatisation and it uses data from various sources, such as sensors, water meters and weather forecasts. The SIWA Water Management System offers a modular solution for pipelines, drinking water and wastewater networks, and these software modules can be combined flexibly. It helps in optimizing the processes, identifying and naming the exact place of outflows and it also dynamically simulates the systems. Among the modules, SIWA LeakControl reliably locates smaller and larger spills, providing instant and highly accurate information. You can find the spills in a multi-phase process. First, the networks are monitored continuously, so it can identify the leakage’s location with the flow rate. Further sensors then pinpoint the location of the problem.
The benefits of the system are obvious as it reduces energy consumption while improving the security of supply, thereby saving costs. The SIWA OPTIM module aims to minimize the costs of water and energy and therefore it calculates the most economical numbers/ schedules for pumping, wells and water tanks. SIWA LeakControl saves costs by reducing water leakage. SIWA OPTIM increases cost efficiency by calculating the optimal schedule for the operations, while increasing reliability and security of supply. The system reduces energy consumption and operating costs during the pumping processes.
The system can reduce the energy consumption by at least 20%.