One of Australia’s major water companies has won the Operator and Service Provider Excellence Award category at the Infrastructure Australia Awards.

Sydney Water won the award for its long-term investment in its IICATS Control System, including its recent transition project in 2014/15, which helps the company to drive savings in capital expenditure and operational costs with improved performance across its wastewater and water networks.

Since 1994 Sydney Water has been operating the integrated, instrumentation, controls, automation and telemetry system, known as IICATS.

IICATS is a sophisticated control system that monitors and automatically controls the operation of water and wastewater network assets, such as water pumping stations, reservoirs, valves and sewage pumping stations.

To date, the project has delivered $500million in CapEx and OpEx savings, with significant future savings expected with new iterations and ongoing improvements.

The Infrastructure Australia Awards judging panel applauded the control and monitoring capability of IICATS, which drove immediate savings for Sydney Water in terms of reduced site visits and avoided capital expenditure.

In 2014/15 Sydney Water transitioned from a proprietary IICATS system towards an industry standard platform. This transition has given the organisation expanded scope to explore new operating functionality. 

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