An Irish water company was able to reduce their pump usage by more than 90%; practically, for 22 hours each day ,Through the installation of a smart pressure management device.
Plug and Play
Prior to the installation of the AVK Smart Wter PMD, the pumps at the Charleville reservoir had worked continuously 24/7 to maintain the reservoir at full capacity. Now, the reservoir inlet (the location of the control valve and PMD) is closed off to allow the water level in the reservoir to drop before the pumps are activated.
This has brought two major benefits:
Water quality has improved due to increased water turnover, and
There have been huge energy savings as the pump’s activity has been reduced by 22 hours per day.
Also, it is projected that this will have a major impact on the longevity of the pumps, which means less maintenance/replacement costs.
Internet of Things
Whilst the reservoir is a closed-loop installation, the full benefit of smart water devices like the PMD are realized when they are distributed across the water network. The ability of smart water devices to send and receive data and instructions via the Internet of Things (IoT) enables water companies to respond to network events in real time. It is envisaged that the PMD will be integrated into the water company’s SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system.
The smart PMD is just one of a portfolio of smart water network products being launched by AVK during 2020. It places AVK Smart Water in the vanguard of companies developing solutions for water companies in this frontier technology.