Western Water has become the first water corporation in Australia to trial an online water and sewer management system.

It is trialling Waternamics, a digital platform that uses Veolia/IBM software to monitor assets and systems in real time and collect data on how the system is performing.

Western Water’s Managing Director, Neil Brennan, said, “Waternamics will allow us to monitor exactly what is happening around our water and sewer networks in real time.

“That will help us identify issues before they affect customers, and respond quickly with all the information we need at hand.”

The system will collect data on the performance of infrastructure such as pipes and pumps to help identify when an asset needs maintenance or upgrading.

It will include a range of information, from water pressure inside pipes underground to the street view above them.

“That means easier access to critical information, better customer service and more efficient use of resources,” Mr Brennan said.

Western Water is trialling Waternamics under the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) program, a partnership between Victorian water corporations, Vicwater and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

“The IWN program is aimed at supporting innovation to benefit the whole water industry and we are looking forward to sharing what we learn from Waternamics with our IWN partners,” Mr Brennan said.

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