A step change in urban water management

The Smart Urban Water (SUW) project facilitates  local authorities to improve and provide better access to urban water management data networks.  Therefore,  reducing water stresses associated with climate change, while generating business opportunities for SMEs.

The Climate Change Issue

As a result of climate change, more frequent and intense summer droughts and rainstorms can be observed. Alongside other extreme weather events, this has a major impact on water levels as well as the availability of water in densely populated cities and urban areas. Local governments are under growing pressure to improve urban water management and come to terms with the changing climate. In order to manage the effects of floods and droughts in a more effective way, local authorities  need information relating to the current and future state of water that is both accurate and readily available.

The Project Solution

Within Smart Urban Water, a prototype for Enterprise Service Busses (ESBs) for urban water management has been developed.  It uses sensing and computing to provide a platform to generate and share data. Whilst traditional water information networks are built in an ad hoc fashion, making improvements and updates difficult without endangering the functioning of the complete system, ESBs vastly simplify this process by allowing the addition of nodes which provide or extract information without interfering with other components and processes.

Within the project ESBs have been tested in pilots in three different regions: TU Delft, Paris and London.  In the future, the SUW network is to be deployed in the field of urban water management on a large scale.

Smart Urban Water not only saves costs for public authorities on the maintenance of existing infrastructures, it also offers great business opportunities for SME’s to deliver value-added services, such as sensoring, modelling, optimisation and decision-making support.

Climate-KICs role

‘Climate-KICs extensive European network and the cross-fertilisation between  Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship, has been very useful to us. It helped to establish an international consortium with knowledge institutions, as well as big businesses and small companies. Besides, working with partners with all those different cultural backgrounds proved  to be an interesting and fruitful experience. ’ Prof.dr.ir. Nick van de Giesen, TU Delft