Smart water management for Milton Keynes
The consortium is led by the Open University and involves a collaboration between industry, academia, research organisations and SMEs. The project will run until June 2017.
Milton Keynes is one of the driest regions of the UK. The Anglian region gets, on average, just 600mm of rain a year, which is a third less than the rest of England, and is classified as 'water stressed' by the Environment Agency. With significant growth expected in the city over the coming decade, it is essential that the water supplies of Milton Keynes are managed carefully.
HR Wallingford is leading the work package on water, working collaboratively with Anglian Water, the Open University and BT, and supporting all of the other work packages in the project.
All of these activities are based around educating the citizens of Milton Keynes about the importance of saving water, and offering them the means by which they can access data and other information that will enable them to make better-informed decisions.
Ultimately we are looking to determine whether, through this type of activity, it is possible to reduce water demand in the city to such an extent that the city can continue to grow without the need for an increase in water supply.
HR Wallingford has developed a website called Water Monitor that uses water meter readings from domestic properties (provided by Anglian Water via the MK Data Hub) and additional information provided by the householders to present a series of charts showing details of the household's water usage, compared with others on the trial, and with Anglian customers as a whole.
The website also provides lots of information about why it is important to save water, and how householders can go about reducing their water and energy bills.
The website is being trialled by over a hundred households in the Broughton area of Milton Keynes - an area with extensive new development with very high water meter coverage, and with a wide range of household sizes and demographics.
We are looking at smart ways to help the citizens of Milton Keynes to make better-informed decisions about their water use.