Veolia improving Oman's water management
SCADA system will simplify control and monitoring of national water infrastructure.
Oman's Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) plans to roll out a sophisticated automation system to manage the country’s potable water infrastructure, the Oman Daily Observer reports.
At the heart of the initiative is a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that will help the Authority centrally monitor and manage potential leaks, breakdowns and other problems.
International water solutions provider Veolia Water is assisting the Authority in the formulation of a long-term National SCADA Master Plan.
As part of the master-plan study, experts from Veolia supported by PAEW personnel have already completed a preliminary inspection of an estimated 340 sites that together make up the Authority's water supply infrastructure.
According to Thierry Regad, Project Director, these inspections will pave the way for a precise and comprehensive mapping of the Authority's water related assets.
A 30-year horizon has been envisioned in the design of the SCADA system to take into account projections in the growth of Oman's water infrastructure.
When implemented and commissioned, Oman's water infrastructure will be secured by a national SCADA system that will be monitored and managed centrally via a National Control Centre while each governorate will have its own regional control centre.
The operation of networks will be fully automated as well.
In contrast, the country's water networks are presently monitored by over 25 control rooms that operate independently of each other. Although ostensibly automated, the networks within the purview of each control centre need to be manually controlled.