Dubai Electricity and water Authority (DEWA) has commenced work on a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the main water network in Dubai remotely.
The project is part of DEWA's strategic plan to enhance the efficiency of water networks to meet the growing demand for water supply at the highest levels of availability and reliability. It also aims to enhance Dubai's infrastructure to meet the requirements of sustainable development, and promote the Emirate as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy.
"The key objective of implementing the SCADA system is to increase operational efficiency by monitoring the main water network round the clock and control the entire network through automatic valves or through direct orders from operators from the Monitoring Room. This contributes to identifying leakages in the shortest possible time and reducing unaccounted-for water losses in the main transmission network. The project will enhance the efficiency of the water transmission network, increase reliability and secure uninterrupted and stable water supplies to different areas of Dubai at all times," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA.
The project comprises state-of-the-art technologies and programmes as well as a hydraulic model of the main water network in Dubai. The project also comprises a programme to train technicians in managing the system at the highest level of efficiency. At an estimated total cost of AED 14 million, the project aims to increase operational efficiency of the main water network to meet the increasing growth and demand for water and reduce water losses all over Dubai," added Al Tayer.
"The project will be accomplished in accordance with the set schedule, and is expected to be finished within seven months," concluded Al Tayer.