Modern water supply infrastructures require high levels of flexibility and supply reliability, which carry in their wake cost increases. Asset management therefore requires combining operational safety and efficiency.
Modern water supply infrastructures require high levels of flexibility and supply reliability, which carry in their wake cost increases. Asset management therefore requires combining operational safety and efficiency. In this context, operation in different tariff situations – comparable to system demand control in the energy sector (demand response) – can be just as helpful as demand-based inspection (including data management, real-time analysis), plant condition evaluation (including material testing) and tailored investment and depreciation models.
Safeguarding and ensuring the supply of drinking water to domestic and industrial properties is one of the fundamental tasks of the water sector. Any meaningful risk assessment of supply reliability consequently includes costs and customer expectations as well as peak demand management. A clear distinction is made between resilience against natural incidents such as, for instance, extreme weather phenomena, and third-party interference (e. g. IT security or threats). During natural incidents the heating up of resources and/or the drinking water plays a significant role for distribution.
Operationally safe components and systems and adequate capacities are fundamental in ensuring the reliable supply of drinking water. Intelligent capacity management may, in turn, create new fields of business (water on demand).
Digitisation offers a wide range of tools that enhance the options of the water industry: distributed data acquisition; transmission and integration of vast amounts of data; automated analyses and the visualisation or simulation and optimisation of scenarios. There is huge potential for using digital data for decision-making and management processes - almost in real time.
This helps to improve and optimise both the economic efficiency and flexibility of the water supply industry. Likewise, digitisation creates new customer expectations with regard to the availability of digital services, the possibility to interact through new media and the handling of personalised data.