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Smart Water Management towards Future Water Sustainable Networks

Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources Departament, CERIS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, D02 PN40 Dublin, Ireland
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Water 2020, 12(1), 58;
Received: 2 November 2019 / Revised: 13 December 2019 / Accepted: 19 December 2019 / Published: 21 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Challenges in Water Systems)
Water management towards smart cities is an issue increasingly appreciated under financial and environmental sustainability focus in any water sector. The main objective of this research is to disclose the technological breakthroughs associated with water and energy use. A methodology is proposed and applied in a case study to analyze the benefits to develop smart water grids, showing the advantages offered by the development of control measures. The case study showed the positive results, particularly savings of 57 GWh and 100 Mm3 in a period of twelve years when different measures from the common ones were developed for the monitoring and control of water losses in smart water management. These savings contributed to reducing the CO2 emissions to 47,385 t CO2-eq. Finally, in order to evaluate the financial effort and savings obtained in this reference systems (RS) network, the investment required in the monitoring and water losses control in a correlation model case (CMC) was estimated, and, as a consequence, the losses level presented a significant reduction towards sustainable values in the next nine years. Since the pressure control is one of the main issues for the reduction of leakage, an estimation of energy production for Portugal is also presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart water management; smart water grids; water drinking network; water losses; energy production smart water management; smart water grids; water drinking network; water losses; energy production
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Ramos, H.M.; McNabola, A.; López-Jiménez, P.A.; Pérez-Sánchez, M. Smart Water Management towards Future Water Sustainable Networks. Water 2020, 12, 58.

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Ramos HM, McNabola A, López-Jiménez PA, Pérez-Sánchez M. Smart Water Management towards Future Water Sustainable Networks. Water. 2020; 12(1):58.

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Ramos, Helena M.; McNabola, Aonghus; López-Jiménez, P. A.; Pérez-Sánchez, Modesto. 2020. "Smart Water Management towards Future Water Sustainable Networks" Water 12, no. 1: 58.

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