A Flexible Decision Support System for Efficient and Integrated Water Resources Management

David Sancho, Álvaro Rodríguez, Rafael Sánchez-Diezma, Xavier Llort

Thursday 2 july 2015

12:36 - 12:39h at North America (level 0)

Themes: (T) Special session, (ST) FP7 ICT and water, Poster pitches

Parallel session: Poster pitches: 11I. Special session: FP7 ICT and Water

In this work we present the Decision Support System module that is being developed in the scope of UrbanWater, which is an EU-FP7 project aimed at designing and developing innovative ICT solutions to integrate real-time knowledge on water demand and supply across water distribution networks. UrbanWater proposes to develop an ICT-based platform for efficient and integrated management of urban water resources by connecting manifold data sources and data processing modules. The diversity of the data sources (which include water availability data, household consumption data, and water distribution information among others) and the data processing modules (which include water availability prediction, water demand prediction, and leakage detection) lead to the design and development of a highly flexible Spatial Decision Support System that is able to orchestrate the various elements in an efficient and coordinated way in order to provide useful recommendations to water managers. The Spatial Decision Support System plays an important role within the UrbanWater project acting as the central deductive element that provides an off-line and on-line operation framework that enables to (i) effectively estimate water demand in urban water areas to manage water distribution networks in an efficient way; (ii) reduce waste of water and economic losses associated to leakages; (iii) smoothen daily water demand peaks in order to save costs; and (iv) provide an off-line and on-line operation framework that allows defining scenarios of availability and demand to test specific strategies for the distribution network operation, directly contributing to accomplish the main objectives of the project.