Hunter Water has awarded SUEZ the contract to implement the proven AQUADVANCED® Energy solution. Embraced by over 20 utilities worldwide, the software will optimise water distribution throughout Hunter Water’s network, helping to reduce its energy consumption and environmental footprint.

The software will monitor and control pumps, control valves and storages. It will use real-time data about water consumption, forecasts and energy prices to schedule and control water supply to meet consumer demand at the lowest price, while also meeting operational requirements.

Servicing over half a million people in the Lower Hunter region, it is anticipated that Hunter Water will deliver substantial ongoing electricity cost savings by improving the efficiency of the distribution system using Aquadvanced® Energy.

The project will also provide operational benefits by improving water quality, extending the life of the assets in the network and improving decision making about operational and economic constraints. The outcome of this project will contribute towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

SUEZ is a global leader in developing smart technologies for the water sector. The implementation of SUEZ’s Aquadvanced® Energy has proven benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the UK, the implementation of Aquadvanced® Energy by Essex and Suffolk Water enabled the utility to supply its 1.5 million customers through optimised pumping strategies, saving 15 per cent in energy costs and a reduction of 1460 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Embracing innovative technologies

Ruben MacNeil, Group Manager Intelligent Networks at Hunter Water, said, “Hunter Water welcomes the partnership with SUEZ to deliver energy and operational efficiencies across our network. This project is a great example of how we’re embracing new and innovative solutions to deliver sustainable water services.”

Stuart Gowans, General Manager, Business Development Water at SUEZ, is delighted to bring the Aquadvanced® suite to Australia, and deliver benefits for Hunter Water and the region’s customers.

“Aquadvanced® Energy is a highly advanced network optimiser that typically reduces overall pumping energy bills by 10-15 per cent. We look forward to working with Hunter Water to help deliver energy efficiencies and financial savings, using this leading-edge technology.”

This project builds on the successful trial of Aquadvanced® Energy in the Hunter Water network in 2018, which tested the compatibility of the technology with Hunter Water’s existing infrastructure. Implementation of this project has already started, with operations to begin in 2020.

Aquadvanced® Energy is one of several solutions that form part of SUEZ’s Aquadvanced suite, which will be discussed at Ozwater 2019, taking place from 7–9 May.

Want to know more? Connect with Sean Cohen, Senior Manager Smart Water, at SUEZ’s Expert Hub at Ozwater’19. Contact to book a time with Sean for a confidential discussion.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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