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Optimising water and wastewater treatment networks

Climate change, rampant urbanisation and increasingly strict regulations have made the management of water more complex than ever. We’re drawing on our extensive expertise to develop new solutions capable of monitoring water networks in real time to continuously improve the quality of water delivered.

Challenges

Optimising the performance of water networks

Monitoring networks in real time
Anticipating the risk of failure
Reducing operating costs
Our innovations

Managing drinking water networks in real time

Ninety per cent of the leaks in drinking water networks are invisible – a perennial challenge for our customers. SUEZ’s AQUADVANCED® Water Networks modular software solution allows our customers to monitor drinking water networks in real time to quickly detect any anomalies or potential problems.

AQUADVANCED® Water Networks is an innovative modular tool that optimises performance indicators relating to drinking water networks (flow rate, pressure, quality) and helps to identify and anticipate water leaks and control water quality for residents.

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Detecting leaks in real time

Leaks don’t just result in the loss of water; they also increase operating costs and the frequency of water supply interruptions . With AQUADVANCED® Water Networks, local authorities can detect leaks in real time and take action.

Unique decision support software

AQUADVANCED® Water Networks uses data collected by sensors installed throughout the entire drinking water distribution network to measure flows, flow rates and pressure, enabling identification and anticipation of network anomalies. It also collates large volumes of data from various sources, such as the SCADA (Supervisor Control And Data Acquisition) system, the GIS (Geographical Information System) or remote metering. AQUADVANCED® Water Networks centralises, processes, analyses and uses all this data, making it a genuine control and decision support tool. A water quality module added in 2016 further enhanced the system’s capabilities.

Cleaning pipes with ice

Industrial manufacturers need to keep their networks, such as wastewater, effluents, oil and gas, clean, and at the same time limit the environmental impacts of chemicals or large quantities of water used in the cleaning process. Our ice pigging service offers an innovative solution, using ice to clean pipes.
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“With Ice Pigging, we offer our industrial customers a solution for cleaning their water systems, simply and effectively”

Carlos Campos,Chief Operating Officer of the SUEZ Advanced Solutions Factories.

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Just a few litres of ice is all it takes

In an industrial situation, it usually takes hundreds of litres of water to keep pipelines clean; ice pigging technology consumes just a few litres of ice. This quick and economical new technology uses the natural abrasive qualities of ice to remove sediments and other foreign substances, such as crystallised salts and biofilms, from pipelines. In a UK-based yoghurt manufacturing plant, ice pigging recovered more than 75% of the value-added product that had been deposited in the pipelines while significantly reducing the consumption of chemicals. Our world-leading ice pigging process was recognised with the 2016 World Food Innovation Award in the Best Manufacturing/Processing Technology category.

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Anticipating flood risk

Periods of heavy rain can have significant impacts, from the saturation of wastewater networks and treatment plants to wastewater overflows and high volumes of urban and natural environment pollution in the trickling water. To better anticipate the risk of flooding, SUEZ has developed AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage for our local government customers.
AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage enables local authorities to choose the solution that meets their needs, from monitoring an environment and anticipating the risks of flooding and pollution of the natural environment, to the predictive and dynamic management of their whole network.

AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage provides sewer system operators with an anticipatory and dynamic network management tool. It can be used to call on storage capacities in the right place and at the right time, avoid the saturation of networks and take early action in the event of heavy rain, preventing serious pollution caused by overflows.

Anticipate, react, optimise and improve your environment

AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage offers a global view of the complete wastewater treatment system based on measurements and meteorological data. It can predict trends in the hydraulic behaviour of the wastewater treatment system – for the next 24 hours in dry weather, or for the next two to six hours in wet weather.

AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage can aid in the implementation of an optimal water network management strategy. It can be used to maximise the volumes stored in retention structures and in the network itself or to increase the volumes of wastewater to be treated, allowing for reduced overflow into the natural environment while limiting the risk of flooding.

Technology that’s been put through the wash

AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage has already been successfully deployed in several municipalities in France, including the cities of Bordeaux, Marseille, Biarritz and Paris. Thanks to this innovative solution, the city of Bordeaux has been able to anticipate and manage almost 300 rainfall-related incidents, and the Greater Paris sanitation syndicate has improved its infrastructures by dynamically controlling and redirecting inflowing water. We are currently rolling the solution out in Marseilles and Singapore.

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