Study on Benefits and Economic Feasibility of Smart Water Distribution System


Authors : Pankaj R. Barate, N.V.Bhalerao

Volume/Issue : Volume 2 - 2017, Issue 8 - August

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Today total availability of water resources in India is currently under stress because of less rainfall and climatic changes. On other hand there is continuous increase in the demand of water due to increase in population. Particularly Maharashtra witnessed some severe drought condition in last few years. As a result growing city like Pimpri Chinch wad is facing problem to supply sufficient quantity and good quality of water for domestic use. To tackle this problem and decrease the percentage of non-revenue water they have proposed to upgrade their existing water distribution system by smart 24×7 water distribution system. In this they are proposed to use smart technique such as SCADA and smart metering. Lot of research are done on this type of project worldwide. From literature review it is clear that implementation of such smart technique showing good result in terms of water savings by reducing water leakages as well as water theft. While researchers divided in opinion about the economic feasibility of such projects. Thus to study benefits and economic feasibility of proposed water distribution system by PCMC we have followed seven steps under research methodology. In this research paper some recommendations are given to PCMC to make this system more efficient and smart. Outcome of this research are encouraging as this proposed system considerably reduces the water loss due to water theft and leakages. As a result there is decrease in the percentage of non-revenue water, it ultimately increase the revenue generated from water.

Keywords : Smart; Water; Distribution System; Non-revenue water; Smart meter; SCADA.

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