Dewa to adopt advanced smart systems to reduce water network losses. The grid saved the authority over Dh62 million in leaks last year.
14 June 2022, 12:00 AM
30 June 2022, 12:00 AM
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is investing in its advanced smart grid and the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to enhance its leadership and global excellence in water network losses and is surpassing its global counterparts.
In 2021, DEWA's water network losses decreased to 5.3 per cent. This is one of the best records globally and compares favourably to North America, where water losses are around 15 per cent. Such records demonstrate DEWA's position as one of the most prominent and distinguished global utilities.
DEWA adopts pressure management and district metred systems to identify areas with leaks. For non-visible leaks, it uses automation and digital transformation projects, acoustic technology (noise loggers, ground microphones, correlators and hydrophones) and helium gas technology used in distribution pipelines to detect these in the water network. From 2013 to 2021, 7,008 leaks were detected, which saved 4,069.93 million gallons and Dh62.8 million.
The total investment in DEWA's Smart Grid programme is upwards of Dh7 billion. A Smart Grid provides advanced features that include interoperability across the entire electricity and water network. It is an integral part of DEWA's strategy to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for managing facilities and services according to smart and integrated systems using disruptive technologies and Fourth Industrial Revolution applications.
DEWA's Smart Grid Strategy 2021 – 2035 includes six main themes: Foundational Capabilities; Grid Automation; Smart Energy Solutions and Green Mobility; Smart Water; Smart Grid Artificial Intelligence; and Innovative Value-Added Services. To achieve the short-term goals of its Smart Grid Strategy 2014-2035, DEWA replaced all its mechanical water metres with smart ones in 2020. It also started operating the Smart Metres Analysis and Diagnosis Centre, where 879,000 smart metres are read and monitored remotely every 15 minutes.
DEWA has achieved substantial savings in developing the water network to promote its effectiveness and reliability as well as raise the water flow to meet the comprehensive development needs as well as the growing demand. It provides its services to more than a million customers in Dubai according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency. DEWA's current capacity has reached 13,417 MW of electricity and 490 MIGD of water.