More and more people are becoming aware of the need to conserve water for environmental reasons. Due to restrictions surrounding drought-related water use, the water utilities are finding themselves struggling due to less sale of water to the customers and hence facing challenges to stay financially sound. Water is increasingly becoming one of the world’s most precious resources, and hence data scientists are working continuously to help water companies and water provision utilities around the globe in providing more effective and efficient management of drinking water through the targeted use of big data and advanced analytics. Use of Water has been increasing at more than twice the rate of population growth in the last century. Water companies, Utilities and other Water Provisioning sourcers in cities are facing new challenges in providing a high quality supply of drinking water, all the while, maintaining the conversation of resources like costs and energy use to a minimum. There are many areas where automated meter infrastructures (AMI) has already been implemented to measure the water consumption, providing highly accurate readings. On top of this, employing advanced analytics on the collected data can provide an additional layer of insight, which could be a very critical help for both customers and water utilities in gaining control of the water network and managing valuable water resources more effectively.
Big data and analytics technology help clients harness the explosion of data coming from a growing number of sensors and resources– including data collected from utility meter readings and industrial sensors. Hence water management companies and utilities can benefit greatly from reliable fault detection, and early indications of abnormal consumption, to determine whenever and wherever there is a leakage of water waste, and optimized customer interactions. Whether or not there were prior usage patterns that occurred before, these advanced features allow learning of the facts like, if it is appropriate for the current seasonal demand, and whether it coincides with what neighboring families are consuming.
The Application of Smart Water Analytics is to identify patterns and problems in the complete water provision and circulation life cycle and differentiate between issues such as excessive use of water and any possible leakage of water which could result in the waste of millions of gallons of water. It also provides water utilities with accurate insight in identifying when low or no water use signals a problem. This will effectively reduce the number of false alerts which further helps technicians know most optimal schedule when meters need replacement or repair.