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Chilean water utility group partners with TaKaDu to improve network management

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Esval and Aguas del Valle, the second largest water utility outside of the Chilean capital of Santiago, has partnered with TaKaDu to improve its water network management and protect water resources in two Chilean regions.

TaKaDu’s Central Event Management (CEM) system will be implemented across the entire water network, which corresponds to around 7,000km of pipelines, where around 13,000 sensors have now been deployed.

The agreement will also see the two parties cooperate with Blass, which acts as TaKaDu’s local partner and is a leader in the implementation of smart water networks in Chile.

The sensors and management system will enable network events such as leaks, burst, water quality status and others to be detected, at the same time as maintaining a continuous and remote monitoring of variables including flow, pressures and levels.

“With this technology we can detect, analyse and manage events in the usual operation of our system, both in the production and distribution of drinking water, as in the collection and transfer of wastewater,” explained Orlando Sepúlveda, COO of Esval. “The information obtained will give us an accurate diagnosis of our network, in order to anticipate eventual emergencies and optimise our service.”

He added that “the improvement in water management has been one of our priorities, due to the structural drought that has affected us for more than a decade. In recent years we have developed various initiatives that have allowed us to reduce non-revenue water, and this is an important step further.

“For the incorporation of this new technology, we have partnered with the company TaKaDu, an expert in software development for water networks monitoring, following the model of Israel, one of the world's leading countries in water efficiency. With this, we aim to reduce the water losses in our network from 5% to an additional 10%, which allows us to optimise the use of available water and thus continue to deliver a quality service to our customers.”

Using big data analytics, TaKaDu’s CEM solution allows water companies to manage their entire lifecycle of network events, prioritising those with the greatest impact. Through its local partner Blass, the solution has already been rolled out with four water companies operating in Chile: Esval/Aguas del Valle, Essbio/Nuevosur, Aguas Magallanes and Aguas Antofagasta.

"Transforming data into knowledge, TaKaDu plays an important role in water companies around the world,” added Amir Peleg, founder and CEO of TaKaDu. “TaKaDu becomes a powerful management tool for its users, centralizing the company's operations, helping to reduce energy and labour costs. We are proud to work alongside companies such as Esval and Aguas del Valle, as well as other companies in Chile and the world.”

Andrés Calderón, Blass co-founder, added: “In recent years there has been a significant increase in the adoption of technology by water utilities in Chile, positioning the country as a Latin American leader in smart water networks operation. We are very excited about the alliance developed with Esval and Aguas del Valle. It represents a great step for the protection of water resources in the central regions of Chile, which was hit hard by an extensive drought. We are deeply committed to supporting our clients to solve this challenge, bringing high-tech solutions to our country.”