SME Instrument WaterGuard

This project aimed in preparing a feasibility study in view of the plans for the commercialization of an innovative software platform developed by Aqualligence Ltd, named AquaRisk for the security increase of water distribution systems through early-warning and detection of water contamination events.

The AquaRisk platform is a cloud-based software which can be receive information from internet-enabled sensors as well as from water utility SCADA systems, processing hydraulic and quality data and producing alerts with every event detection. The product of Aqualligence advances the state-of-art in water quality monitoring by using advanced methodologies such as real-time state estimation and network models, machine learning and computational intelligence tools, as well as open standards which allow the use of utility-operated sensors, or, through the use of the Platform API, consumer sensors and other relevant information. Our solution would have an impact in reducing the costs for water quality samplings, the costs due to liabilities, and it would increase consumer safety.

Fault events in water distribution systems, such as leaks and contamination events, have a significant cost to the water utilities. On average, 20% of the drinking water which enters a European water utility is lost and thus does not produce any revenue. What’s more, failures in one part of the network can cause contamination events, which may affect water quality and cause health problems to the consumers. This then leads to high insurance costs and productivity losses. Water quality events are rare and even though they can have a high impact on the society and the economy, they are not typically accounted for in the long-term financial planning.

Currently, in order to identify accidental (or even malicious) contamination events, water utilities rely on manual sampling to monitor water quality, in accordance to EU regulations. However, it may take days before a contamination event has been detected. The present state of art is to install a small number of quality sensors measuring different parameters at various locations in the network, and connect them to a SCADA system where an operator monitors the measured signals. Some sensors provide their own proprietary software system for sensor data analysis, although in a typical system, sensors of various brands may be utilized. The most sophisticated event detection solutions have extremely high costs, which are prohibitive for the significant majority of water providers in Europe, as well as in the international market.

In the framework of the WaterGuard project, Aqualligence has conducted a thorough feasibility study aiming to provide evidence whether the innovative idea is viable and has a market potential to make a sustainable business.

In summary, the feasibility study has significantly improved our understanding of the market and its needs, allowing us to fine-tune the product for an unserved market niche, which is crucial for the second phase of the commercialization.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 672922 EU flag