Software Strategies Water-monitoring software and cloud-based storage help boost utilities’ bottom lines. By Dan Rafter ISTOCK PHOTOS M aynilad Water Services is the largest private water provider in the Philippines, serving a population of 9 million people in the west-ern portion of Manila. Th e system faced a challenge, though: It needed to make better, and faster decisions on which pipes needed immediate maintenance, which leaks needed to be repaired fi rst, and which meters needed to be replaced. Maynilad had plenty of data it could turn to in order to help make these decisions. But unfortunately, this data was spread throughout the utility. Water utility workers in the billing department had key data. So did those working in the distribution department. But these numbers were siloed and rarely shared. Maynilad needed all its data stored in one, easy-to-access location. Th at’s where OSIsoft and its PI System water-monitoring soft ware came in. Maynilad now extracts data from its business department and places the numbers into its Data Warehouse. It then uses OSIsoft ’s PI System to collect and download fi eld data—numbers on everything from the amount of water customers are currently consuming to the amount of pressure fl owing through-out the system. Maynilad officials are calling this new system FIELD MOUS, Field Monitoring User System. With this system, Maynilad utility managers can now instantly view the amount of water pressure and fl ow along its water lines, monitor the status of reservoirs and pumping stations, and receive constant information from its water treatment plant. Th e system also sends Maynilad alerts when water pressure suddenly drops or surges, when water fl ow changes, or when end-users’ consump-tion deviates from traditional patterns. Th e results have been impressive. Maynilad reports that since launching FIELD MOUS, annual water loss has dropped by 27.1%. Th e utility has recov-ered 640 million liters of treated water that it otherwise would have lost. Maynilad is an example of a trend among water utilities. More of them are relying on the combination of water-monitoring soft ware and cloud-based data storage to better track their treated water as it moves through their distribu-tion systems. Th is technology is key for utilities that hope to reduce the amount of water that leaks out of their 16 WATER EFFICIENCY WWW.WATEREFFICIENCY.NET
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