The Irish Water selected EMR Integrated Solutions for the supply and installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.The €1 million ($1.1 million) deal falls under efforts by Irish Water to upgrade the telemetry of data regarding the performance of its water distribution infrastructure in Waterford and Leitrim.
The new SCADA system is expected to help Irish Water to increase automation and improve management and monitoring of its water network through access to real-time data on the performance of the water system.
For instance, the programme is expected to help Irish Water to better make use of data communicated by some remote terminal units (RTU) and data loggers installed at some 200 sites within the utility's water network in Waterford.
In Leitrim, the installation of the new SCADA system will help data acquisition from GPRS enabled RTUs and data loggers installed at 90 sites to monitor the flow and pressure of water being distributed to consumers.
The development is expected to help Irish Water to quickly identify water leaks and to improve the quality of water being distributed to consumers. Moreover, the programme will enable Irish Water to improve management of water reservoir tanks and treatment plants.
“This capital investment project supports Irish Water’s on-going efforts to streamline water distribution networks in the country, and having greater control over assets in the field allows them to quickly identify and react to adverse events as they occur,” said Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR Integrated Solutions.
“Minimising network leakage is a key objective and the ability to remotely measure and monitor flows plays a critical role in helping Irish Water to achieve that.”
Irish Water and infrastructure upgrades
The deal falls under efforts by Irish Water to modernise its water network. Irish Water is a government entity, provides water services throughout Ireland and says it will invest €500 million ($594 million) to upgrade its water network over the next four years.
The upgrades will include the replacement of old and damaged distribution pipes with new models to save up to 180 million litres of water from leaks.
Irish Water distributes 1.7 billion litres of water a day, of which nearly half is lost to water leaks. [Australian city councils embark on water efficiency programmes]
The development is expected to reduce the utility’s water lost to leaks from 47% now to 38% by the end of 2021.
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