Special Issue "Advances in the Real-Time Monitoring and Control of Urban Water Networks"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Vicenç Puig
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Insitut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: real-time control of urban water networks (drinking water networks and urban water networks); leak detection and localization; quality monitoring; sensor data validation and reconstruction; water management
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Dear Colleagues,

Utilities in charge of the management of urban water networks are facing new challenges in their real-time operation because of limited water resources, intensive energy requirements, growing population, costly and aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulations, and increased attention toward the environmental impact of water use. Such challenges force network managers to improve the methods and techniques that they use for real-time monitoring and control.

The Guest Editor is seeking papers that present new approaches for the real-time monitoring and control of urban water networks based on advanced technologies of automation, computer science, and telecommunications to largely improve their efficiency in terms of water management, energy consumption, water loss minimization, and water quality guarantees. Papers illustrating the methods applied to real-life pilot demonstrations are highly encouraged to clear show the impact in regional networks (Spain).

Prof. Dr. Vicenç Puig
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Real-time control of urban water networks
  • Drinking water networks and urban water networks
  • Leak detection and localization
  • Quality monitoring
  • Sensor data validation and reconstruction
  • Water management

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Smart Water Infrastructures Laboratory: Reconfigurable Test-Beds for Research in Water Infrastructures Management
Water 2021, 13(13), 1875; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/w13131875 - 05 Jul 2021
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The smart water infrastructures laboratory is a research facility at Aalborg University, Denmark. The laboratory enables experimental research in control and management of water infrastructures in a realistic environment. The laboratory is designed as a modular system that can be configured to adapt [...] Read more.
The smart water infrastructures laboratory is a research facility at Aalborg University, Denmark. The laboratory enables experimental research in control and management of water infrastructures in a realistic environment. The laboratory is designed as a modular system that can be configured to adapt the test-bed to the desired network. The water infrastructures recreated in this laboratory are district heating, drinking water supply, and waste water collection systems. This paper focuses on the first two types of infrastructure. In the scaled-down network the researchers can reproduce different scenarios that affect its management and validate new control strategies. This paper presents four study-cases where the laboratory is configured to represent specific water distribution and waste collection networks allowing the researcher to validate new management solutions in a safe environment. Thus, without the risk of affecting the consumers in a real network. The outcome of this research facilitates the sustainable deployment of new technology in real infrastructures. Full article
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Water Quality-Based Double-Gates Control Strategy for Combined Sewer Overflows Pollution Control
Water 2021, 13(4), 529; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/w13040529 - 18 Feb 2021
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The combined sewer overflows (CSO) pollution has caused many serious environmental problems, which has aroused a worldwide concern. Traditional interception-storage measures, which exhibit the disadvantages of the larger storage tank volume and the low concentration, cannot efficiently control the CSO pollution. To solve [...] Read more.
The combined sewer overflows (CSO) pollution has caused many serious environmental problems, which has aroused a worldwide concern. Traditional interception-storage measures, which exhibit the disadvantages of the larger storage tank volume and the low concentration, cannot efficiently control the CSO pollution. To solve this problem, a water quality-based double-gate control strategy based on the pollution based real-time control (PBRTC) rule was proposed, and the chemical oxygen demand (COD) concentration was taken as the control index. A case study was carried out in Fuzhou, China as an example, in which the hydraulic and water quality model were constructed to evaluate two schemes. According to the results, compared to the traditional scheme, the double-gate scheme can not only reduce the storage tank volume by 1515 m3, but also increase the average COD interception rate by 1.84 times, thus ensuring the effective and stable operation of the facility. Furthermore, the traditional scheme and the double-gate scheme were evaluated under design rainfall beyond the design return period, which confirmed the high performance of the double-gate scheme in controlling CSO pollution. Full article
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