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  • Smart meters. Smart water. Smart societies



HR Wallingford is working on a project to help develop intelligent water monitoring systems across Europe. iWIDGET is a €5 million European Commission project to help improve water efficiency through the use of technology.

The project will research, develop, demonstrate and evaluate techniques and technologies, to help householders and water suppliers to understand and reduce their demand, as well as minimise wastage in the supply chain. It will contribute to delivering a sustainable, low-carbon society, progressing towards the Europe 2020 targets on climate and energy.

HR Wallingford is involved in all areas of the project, applying specialist expertise in:

HR Wallingford will also be responsible for overseeing the iWIDGET dissemination programme, so drawing upon expertise in traditional and non-traditional dissemination techniques.

Did you know that a dripping tap in the home could waste as much as 150 litres in a single week?
  • "A dripping tap can waste as much as one litre of water per hour"
    (source: European Environment Agency (2012): http://www.eea.europa.eu/)

iWIDGET will investigate the following areas:

The main scientific challenges for iWIDGET are:

Who is working on iWIDGET?

The partnership assembled to deliver the project is a combination of leading ICT companies, business leaders, technology developers, standardisation organisations, water companies, and top scientists.

The project will also obtain input from householders through two case studies and input from the broader water industry through its Advisory Panel.

Project details

The project will run over three years to November 2015 and is being led by Professor Dragan Savić, Founder and Co-director of the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter.

The iWIDGET technology could help reduce the amount that water companies have to spend on identifying the source of leaks, with obvious implications for customers’ bills. The water industry is moving towards installing meters in all homes, and smart meters could be very effective in encouraging people to use water more efficiently. The ability to see which appliances use the most water and how overall use compares to the neighbours is a great incentive to use water more carefully, as well as save money.

iWIDGET is a collaborative, three-year (November 2012-November 2015) EU FP7 funded project (5M € grant agreement /project no: 318272), with partners from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Greece. It aims to advance knowledge and understanding about smart metering technologies in order to develop novel, robust, practical and cost-effective methodologies and tools to manage urban water demand in households across Europe by reducing wastage, by improving utility understanding of end-user demand and by reducing customer water and energy costs. iWIDGET stands for “Improved Water efficiency through ICT technologies for integrated supply-Demand side manaGEmenT”. Together the iWIDGET consortium brings to the table a clear understanding of the market, the technological state-of–the-art hard and software, new research and development in data mining and management, analytics, decision support, scenario modelling, standards interfaces, visualisation, water conservation modelling and social simulation.

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Quillon Harpham

Quillon Harpham

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