Winning hearts and minds at Unitywater

The Derceto Aquadapt implementation for Unitywater on Australia’s Sunshine Coast goes back to 2004, when Unitywater’s forerunner, Maroochy Water Services, was wrestling with the problem of how to smooth demand on two water treatment plants and maximize network asset utilization.

The operators of the Landers Shute and Image Flat water treatment plants were insistent that smoothened flow profiles were essential to improve the operability, efficiency and water quality of their respective plants.

Unitywater’s Engineering Operations Manager, Michael Doherty, says the challenge was to remove the diurnal demand peaks from the water treatment plant supply and to achieve linear flow requirements across the 24-hour day, while maintaining water pressure standards of service and minimum storage levels throughout Maroochy Shire’s reticulation system.

With two treatment plants, 22 reservoirs, four pump stations and 13 flow control valve sites of significant demand and supply, the challenge was beyond the ability of the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system's automatic control, Michael Doherty recalls.

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FAQ

Q: How far ahead does Aquadapt software Schedule?

Dec 04 2010

A: Aquadapt software schedules up to 48 hours ahead but displays a 24-hour window of time on the operator screen. This shows the previous three hours and the next 21 hours. As the day progresses Aquadapt software continues to create new schedules for the rest of the current day and the whole of the next day. At the end of the day there is 24 and a 1/2 hours of schedule, and half an hour later as the day rolls over the Aquadapt software goes back to full 48 hour scheduling. 

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