21 January 2018
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a project to supply and commission a smart water distribution project. The project will monitor and control remote data collection of the water distribution network in Dubai. This 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.
“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 of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world. To achieve this, we launched the Smart Applications through Smart Meters and Grids initiative to enable DEWA to build a smart grid,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“The project includes state-of-the-art technology, and a training programme for technicians to manage the system with a total cost of AED 65.4 million. The implementation of the project is going according to plan, and is expected to be complete in two years,” added Al Tayer.
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. 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.