Wa­ter util­i­ties cap­i­talise on hy­draulic mod­el­ling to min­imise to­tex, re­duce risk, and mit­i­gate wa­ter loss

The Gulf Today - Business - - UAE & REGION -

Wa­ter util­i­ties are faced with meet­ing a myr­iad of chal­lenges rang­ing from dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness to en­vi­ron­men­tal conservation to driv­ing down to­tal

ex­pen­di­tures (TO­TEX), at the same time as they are ex­pected to im­prove ser­vice. Three ex­am­ples from the 2017 Be In­spired Awards nom­i­na­tions

demon­strate the key role hy­draulic mod­el­ing ap­pli­ca­tions play in achiev­ing wa­ter util­i­ties goals.

Manila Wa­ter is a wa­ter util­ity con­ces­sion­aire in the Philip­pines that pro­vides wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices for 24 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and op­er­ates more than 100 fa­cil­i­ties

serv­ing 6 mil­lion cus­tomers both in wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion and waste­water

treat­ment. The Philip­pines sits on the Paciic Ring of Fire where earth­quakes and vol­canic erup­tions fre­quently oc­cur. Metro Manila falls vic­tim to this cir­cum­stance, be­ing ge­o­graph­i­cally tran­sected by sev­eral fault sys­tems, in­clud­ing the dan­ger­ous West Val­ley Fault Sys­tem. The Philip­pines is also rav­aged by an av­er­age of 20 ty­phoons per year.

To ad­dress the great level of risk,

Manila Wa­ter con­ducted a Re­siliency and Busi­ness In­ter­rup­tion (RBI) study to de­ter­mine the sys­tems and fa­cil­i­ties that are most vul­ner­a­ble in the event of such nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The study in­di­cated that sig­ni­icant dam­ages amount­ing to ap­prox­i­mately USD 520 mil­lion in wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture is in­evitable. Con­se­quently, the Nat­u­ral Calamity Risk Re­siliency and Mit­i­ga­tion Mas­ter Plan was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) and Lo­cal Govern­ment Units (LGU). The NDRRMC and LGU pro­vided the emer­gency re­sponse plan as well as lo­ca­tions of evac­u­a­tion sites that will be used in the event of a catas­tro­phe.

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