Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded a contract to supply and commission a smart water distribution project in the emirate as part of its efforts to boost operational efficiencies.
The project will monitor and control remote data collection of the water distribution network in Dubai, said a statement from Dewa.
The smart water management system can read main smart meters and compare them with other meters in the local area, and monitor consumption on a 24/7 basis. If there is a defect or leak, this will be detected by the smart monitoring system at the control centre, making it easier for operators in the control room to isolate places with large leakages, it stated.
This helps reduce water losses in distribution networks, and informs maintenance teams where to go to repair the damage. It also enhances the efficiency of the water distribution network, increases its reliability, and ensures the continuity and stability of water supply in various parts of Dubai, all the time, said the Dubai utility firm.
The smart water distribution project is part of Dewa’s strategic plan to enhance the operational efficiency of its water network, and meet growing demand for its services, according to the highest standards of efficiency and reliability.
On the new project, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa, said: "The main objective of the project is to improve operational efficiencies, through the installation of smart meters in each area of Dubai. This will improve our implementation of the Smart Dubai initiative."
“The project includes state-of-the-art technology, and a training programme for technicians to manage the system with a total cost of Dh65.4 million ($17.8 million). The implementation of the project is going as per schedule, and is expected to be complete in two years,” he added.