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Water management goes digital at Western Water

8 December 2017

Western Water has taken a leap into the digital age, becoming the first water corporation in Australia to trial Waternamics, an online water and sewer management system

Waternamics is a digital platform that uses Veolia/IBM software to monitor assets and systems in real time and collect data on how the system is performing.

“Waternamics will allow us to monitor exactly what is happening around our water and sewer networks in real time,” Western Water’s Managing Director, Neil Brennan, says.

“That will help us identify issues before they affect customers, and respond quickly with all the information we need at hand.”

The system will collect data on the performance of infrastructure such as pipes and pumps to help identify when an asset needs maintenance or upgrading.

It will include a range of information, from water pressure inside pipes underground to the street view above them.

“That means easier access to critical information, better customer service and more efficient use of resources,” Mr Brennan says.

Western Water is trialling Waternamics under the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) program, a partnership between Victorian water corporations, Vicwater and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

“The IWN program is aimed at supporting innovation to benefit the whole water industry and we are looking forward to sharing what we learn from Waternamics with our IWN partners,” Mr Brennan says.



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