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Periodic Report Summary 2 - SMARTWATER4EUROPE (Demonstration of integrated smart water supply solutions at 4 sites across Europe)

Project Context and Objectives:
SmartWater4Europe contributes to the EIP Water by accelerating demonstration and thereby deployment of innovative smart water network technology solutions for upgrading the reliability, efficiency, quality control, sustainability and resiliency of metropolitan drinking water supply services. It therefore effectively contributes to solving societal challenges, enhancing European SME's competitiveness and effectively supporting job creation and economic growth in the emerging sensing, information and communication technology (SICT) sector for smart water networks applications. Furthermore, the supply and demand should be brought together to accelerate acceptance of innovations and speed up market penetration.
The ‘Smart Water Management’ addresses the priorities and aims of the EIP Water and consists of:
• Real time measurement and sensing instrumentation;
• Communication between components;
• Data management;
• Real-time data analysis and modelling for decision support and control;
• Automation, control and response strategies.

In principle the main technology and ICT building blocks enabling Smart Water Management have been developed. However, 5 Major hurdles on the road to application of Smart Water Management exist, i.e.:
1. Lack of integrated and open solutions: available technology is fragmented, concerns various
technology fields (sensors, ict, water modelling, control) and offers partial solutions. A lack of clear user-friendly, integrated and open solutions exists;
2. Difficulty to comply with all user requirements: solutions must be integrated in existing water distribution management systems. As management systems differ strongly with respect to the aspects addressed and their level of automation, it is difficult to comply to all user requirements;
3. Lack of validated business cases for solutions: although tested at laboratory and pilot scale, many technologies have not been applied in integrated full scale solutions. Therefore business cases have not been elaborated yet based on validation in real life. Technology validation at demonstration scale and the creation of business cases is a ‘conditio sine qua non’ for further application of solutions;
4. Lack of business intelligence awareness: water utilities have been dominated by traditional
operations focusing on long term investments and continuity. Historically, water utilities have separate departments doing separate jobs. Data analysis and algorithmic calculations on all data of all departments are not performed;
5. Lack of political and regulatory support: policies and measures of governmental and regulatory bodies do not actively support the application of smart solutions for water supply management.
The SmartWater4Europe consortium seeks to overcome these hurdles by developing and demonstrating integrated solutions for smart management of water distribution networks. Integrated solutions will be demonstrated at large scale in 5 themes and at 4 locations in the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and France.

The demonstration themes concern:
1. Water quality management;
2. Leakage management;
3. Energy optimization;
4. Customer interaction;
5. Smart water supply management (integrating the above mentioned themes and including
response strategies at each of the 4 demonstration locations).

The themes have been selected based on the following aspects:
1. High potential of innovation;
2. Major contribution to the objectives of water companies;
3. Substantial potential for creating business opportunities;
4. High potential savings and contribution to resource efficiency.

Based on the demonstration and validation results SW4EU will create business cases for application of the solutions and exploit and disseminate the project results.

Project Results:
A kick-off for SW4EU was organized in December 2013 in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). The official start of the project is the 1st of January 2014.
The website ( and the extranet site are online and every 3 months a newsletter is produced with the early achievements and the progress of the project. We joined some existing EIP groups like RTWQM, SmartH2O and iWIDGET and are working together with them.
We are working conform the tasks, deliverables and milestones from the description of work that where translated in to a Masterplan. We are working in a matrix organization with dependencies between the work packages and the demonstration sites. We installed an Executive Board consisting of all the work package leaders, the demo site owners, the coordinator and his back office. Every 3 months we have an executive board meeting where the progress of the project is being discussed. The minutes of these meetings are being sent to all the consortium members.
In January 2015 Acciona found a new demo site location and asked for a 6 month extension of the deliverables for preparing its demo site at the city of Burgos. This delay affected the deliverables of WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP4 on the given time schedule. An extension until month 18 was needed. The specification activities for WP 2 were completed according to plan, but the technological developments were not fully completed by month 12. The testing of the last developments could not start until after month 12. This meant that testing did require work in the first quarter of the second year of the project, and an extension of the work package until month 18 was needed. All the deliverables for the first reporting period are finished and uploaded.
The demonstration programs for all the demo sites are produced and being followed. The activities completed are aligned with the annex 1 (Description of work). The use of resources has been proportional to the time and budgets spend on activities to make these demonstration programs. All the deliverables for the second reporting period are finished and uploaded.
Sensors are installed and running at the demo sites. The generated data is collected and analyzed. Event classification has started. Bactiline is still in development and therefor not implemented. The sensors are being evaluated to be able to detect water quality events.
Overall the progress of leak detection is good with planned activities underway in all four demo sites. Some activities have been delayed, some completed ahead of schedule, but broadly the project is on plan. 3 algorithms (Minimal Night Consumption, Balance and Forecasting) out of 4 to detect leakage online have already been designed and developed. The forth one (pollution) is not yet developed.
Thames Water went through a reorganization which delayed recruiting for six months. This had in impact on the resources available to carry out some of the tasks at their demo site location. However the demonstration program has been designed to compensate for those delays.
Evaluating the first results it seems that investments needed for energy reduction are far beyond the financial revenues. We came to the conclusion that energy optimisation in the demonstration site is not viable, and proposed to provide a simple tool for energy visualisation instead.
An online account management website has launched at Thames Water with consumption visible at monthly level at best, a mobile optimized (responsive) version is to be developed by Solvd and will show users consumption at a more granular level.
The first operational dashboard was created this dashboard displays amongst other events customer phone calls, pipe burst and water quality sensor events. Based on these alerts, customers are informed sooner using a Vitens website for interruption information (

Potential Impact:
Based on the demonstration and validation results SmartWater4Europe will create business cases for application of the solutions and exploit and disseminate the project results.
The scientific and technological objectives of the project are:
1. To integrate and demonstrate 12 innovative solutions on water quality management, leakage management,
energy optimization and customer interaction.
2. To demonstrate 4 integrated solutions for smart water supply management and verify that these can meet
the requirements for smart water supply management.
3. To establish and guard integration and standardization aspects in order to optimize market uptake.
4. To establish business cases and establish deployment potential and market uptake routes.

With an estimated savings potential of about € 10 billion worldwide annually Smart Water Management is a major challenge for society and offers an enormous market potential to industries and SMEs providing smart water solutions.

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