Objectives of Waternomics

Broad Objectives:

  • To introduce demand response and accountability principles (water footprint) in the water sector.
  • To engage consumers in new, interactive, and personalized ways that bring water efficiency to the forefront and leads to changes in water behaviours.
  • To empower corporate decision makers and municipal area managers with a water information platform together with relevant tools and methodologies to enact ICT-enabled water management programs.
  • To promote ICT enabled water awareness to millions of people using airports and water utilities as pilot examples.
  • To make possible new water pricing options and policy actions by combining water availability and consumption data.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Platform: To develop the Waternomics Platform that integrates water usage related information from meters, sensors, data analysis (leak and fault detection), and hydro-meteorological information to offer water information platform and services to end-users.
  2. Analysis Techniques: To develop data analysis techniques that include fault detection diagnosis rules for water networks using consumption data, historical benchmarking, like equipment benchmarking, and simulation methods to support water conservation strategies and behaviour change recommendations.
  3. Software Applications: To develop and deliver personalized information services to end users and decision makers via dashboards, smartphone applications and web portals (Platform Applications).
  4. ICT Functionality: To develop a low-cost leak detection method, hardware, and software for water networks using a dedicated microphone in combination with a smartphone.
  5. ICT Hardware: To develop an advanced flow-sensing method, hardware and software for water networks using magnetometer and mems/strain gauge based sensors including the set-up and development of a database.
  6. Methodology: To develop a standards-based methodology for the design of ICT-based water management programs at the corporate and municipal levels.
  7. Validation: To demonstrate and validate the WATERNOMICS Platform, methodology, hardware, software, and analytics across three project pilots that target domestic, corporate, and municipal stakeholders for a duration of 12 months.
  8. Dissemination: To conduct scientific and stakeholder-targeted dissemination. Scientifically, to publish no fewer than four joint publications between ICT and water stakeholders in international peer-reviewed publications. With respect to stakeholders, to bring together ICT and Water stakeholders and increase ICT-innovation in water via three dedicated project workshops, a final training exercise to stakeholders combined with the last project workshop and dedicated training activities for each of the three pilots.