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Water - heart of sustainable development

Water - heart of sustainable development

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March every year, and each year it highlights a specific aspect of fresh water. This year’s theme is ‘Nature for Water’, which will be amplified through the South African Department of Water and Sanitation’s National Water Week awareness campaign from 18-24 March 2018.

“These campaigns serve as a powerful reminder of the value of water and the role it plays in Sustainable Development Goal 6, growth of the economy and the eradication of poverty,” says Marc Ramsay, Vice President for the Industry Business Unit, Schneider Electric South Africa.

“Memorably, this year’s Water Day will be marked by the launch of the ‘International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028)’ by the UN General Assembly.”

Daunting facts

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home, affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

  • Water consumption grows by 2.5% per year faster than world's population (~1%)
  • 20% of the world‘s population is without access to safe drinking water
  • Demand is shifting to regions with already scarce resources
  • Rising need for sustainable infrastructure solutions
  • Industrial/municipal wastewater need to be subject to higher treatment standards
  • Cities/urban regions will be competing on water quality standard
  • Water is involved in producing all other forms of energy
  • Increasing water scarcity
  • Rising energy expenses for water treatment

Schneider Electric water management expertise

Through its EcoStruxure solutions for water and wastewater, Schneider Electric has succeeded in giving major water customers around the world, up to 30% in energy savings, increased operational efficiency up to 25% and reduced the total cost of ownership by as much as 20%.

The Water Corporation, Perth, Australia is the principal supplier of water, wastewater, and drainage services in Western Australia to hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and farms, as well as providing bulk water to farms for irrigation. Its services, projects and activities span over 2.6 million square kilometres, making this the world’s largest geographic area of any water utility.

Through its Schneider SCADA alliance, it has invested $A 65 million over eight years, creating:

  • 14 distinct schemes on ‘full scale’ SCADA and 24/7 remote management
  • 43 schemes on ‘basic monitoring’
  • 3 500+ individual sites, of which 2 800 have full SCADA (control, alarm monitoring, data collection capability)
  • 280 000 measured control points and growing

“The organisation noted that its data has now become a valuable asset,” continues Marc Ramsay. “It found that it got the best returns for its investment in smart technologies (critical controls, complex process environment, water loss, improve system understanding). EcoStruxure also allows it to keep controls and technology ‘simple’ in remote locations (high-level alarms, chlorine alarms – response etc.)”

Moving to a smart water network

Moving to a smart water network

Unpacking the offering

Unpacking the offering

Other international successes

Schneider Electric has helped a Chinese industrial water customer manage 14 wastewater treatment plants centrally, reducing its energy consumption by 52%, saving 5 GWh per year, with a ROI of 1.5 years.

In Qatar, Schneider Electric helped the Qatar Water and Electricity Corporation Kahramaa reduce its NRW by 39%, between 2007 and 2011, helping the company save 14 million m3/year, with a ROI of 6 months.

It has helped Las Vegas Valley Water District increase asset uptime by 15%, reduce maintenance costs by 25%, and improve regulation compliance by more than 30%

“EcoStruxure systems allow customers to centrally monitor all plants and pumping stations, provide an energy benchmark and contextualisation and prioritise their capital and operational investment. This is achieved by field crew optimisation and prioritisation, using people as sensors to provide real-time update of IT/OT systems, with complete customer satisfaction,” concludes Marc Ramsay

With a global presence in over 100 countries and over 36 000+ customer installations, Schneider Electric is the leader in water and waste software and SCADA, with over 40 000 installed licenses. It is a leader in telemetry, remotely controlling vast areas in many major markets. Its strong position in automation and control helps major cities such as Paris, London, Beijing, New York, Toronto and Sydney.