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Southern Nevada pilots intelligent water system solution

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WaterStart and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) have partnered with Xylem to pilot test its Water Network Optimisation solution.
This is part of the Xylem Vue digital portfolio, aimed at helping increase efficiencies and optimise the operation of Southern Nevada’s water systems.
Through the joint test project, SNWA will evaluate the capabilities of the Water Network Optimisation solution to improve energy management strategies, enhance system performance, and reduce operating and maintenance costs of Southern Nevada’s regional water system.
“Southern Nevada’s regional water system is multi-faceted and highly advanced with complex infrastructure networks and system controls that help ensure safe and reliable distribution of high-quality water throughout our community,” said Dave Johnson, SNWA deputy general manager of operations.
“While our system is quite efficient, this pilot project will enhance our operations through water system modeling, allowing us to increase operational efficiencies that benefit local water users and rate payers.”
Through this partnership, Xylem will develop a real-time, highly-accurate model of SNWA’s water system that integrates operational data to help SNWA optimise operational processes, reduce energy use, assess water infrastructure condition, and/or address complex operational challenges in a safe and controlled environment.
The Xylem system will help guide existing SNWA operations staff with timely recommendations.
“Xylem’s Water Network Optimisation solution uses operational systems, GIS, and sensor data combined with hydraulic modeling to study and manage the water system as a whole. Up until now, there hasn’t been anything overarching for complex water systems like that operated by SNWA,” said WaterStart executive director Nathan Allen. “If successful, this joint test project may help revolutionise how the water industry manages its operations.”