The smart meters can remotely detect possible leaks or defects in the distribution network that need to be fixed
Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded a project to supply and commission a smart water distribution project that will ensure the reliability, continuity and stability of water supply in various parts of Dubai.
The 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.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, said the installation of smart meters in each area of Dubai will improve its operational efficiencies as part of the 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. The implementation of the project is going according to plan, and is expected to be complete in two years,” Al Tayer said.
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.
Defects or leaks can be easily 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 feature helps reduce water losses in distribution networks, and informs maintenance teams where to go to repair the damage.