DEWA’s smart management of the water network saves AED 225 million in 10 years.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s investment in cutting-edge systems and innovative solutions in the water sector has resulted in the conservation of 5,620 million gallons of water, equivalent to AED 225 million (approximately US$62 million), from 2013 to the end of 2023.

DEWA relies on innovation, research, disruptive technologies, and advanced tools for future planning. As a result, DEWA has achieved the world’s lowest percentage in water network losses. In 2023, water network losses were reduced to 4.6%, compared to approximately 15% in North America.

The systems and technologies adopted by DEWA to monitor and control the water network include the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Centre, the Smart Grid, the Hydronet project, Water Smart Distribution Management System (SDMS), Smart Ball technology, pressure management, district metered systems, automation, digital transformation projects, acoustic technology, and helium gas technology used in distribution pipelines.

“We are committed to preparing for the future through innovation, sound scientific planning, and efficient operation of the smart grid. We utilize the latest technologies in the generation, transmission, distribution, and control of water networks. We also develop innovative experiences to enhance the efficiency and reliability of electricity and water networks to meet the growing demand in Dubai.

This contributes to Dubai’s social and economic growth. We are dedicated to providing our services to over 1,211,475 customers in Dubai in accordance with the highest standards of quality, availability, reliability, and efficiency. This supports the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33), and the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036. DEWA has a comprehensive approach to ensure the sustainability of water resources in line with the Dubai Integrated Water Resource Management Strategy 2030.

DEWA has an integrated strategy to enhance efficiency and sustainability in water production and use, covering the entire water cycle of production, transmission, and distribution, ensuring a responsible and forward-thinking approach,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“Advanced Technologies play a pivotal role in DEWA’s water infrastructure management. Through the utilization of smart technologies like advanced sensors and data analytics (SCADA), DEWA ensures real-time monitoring, efficient resource management, and swift response to any disruption,” added Al Tayer.

In 2023, DEWA launched its third phase of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Centre for both water transmission and distribution at the Al Ruwaiyah BMC building, as part of its efforts to achieve digital transformation using state-of-the-art operational technology.

The Smart Grid, with total investments of AED 7 billion, provides advanced features, including automated decision-making and interoperability across the electricity and water network.

DEWA also replaced electricity and water meters with smart meters between 2015 and 2020, and more than two million meters are automatically read, with consumption patterns provided to customers to help them effectively manage their electricity and water usage.

This has helped DEWA’s bill accuracy to reach 99.98%. The number of water accounts reached 1,048,913 accounts by the end of 2023 compared to 995,478 accounts by the end of 2022; an increase of 5.4%.

To enhance the security and management of the Smart Grid, DEWA launched several pioneering programmes and initiatives, including the Smart Grid Data Governance Platform, the Automatic Smart Grid Restoration System (ASGR), the first of its kind in the MENA region, and the Big Data and Analytics platform to integrate smart grid applications and operational technologies, among others.

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