Smart Water

ISSN: 2198-2619 (Online)


Smart Water is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. The journal covers emerging domains which overlaps the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Water domain. The target audience includes researchers, professionals and stakeholders from the water and IT sectors, in particular practitioners from the industrial sector in order to promote standards and guidelines.    

Some of the potential subjects to be addressed by the journal include:

Real time monitoring

  • Specially Real Time Networks Monitoring including AMR (automated meter reading);
  • Installation of leak detectors in the network;
  • Real time quality management (disinfectant, turbidity, pH, temperature, conductivity, RedOx, etc.);
  • Sensors at all POU (Points Of Use);
  • Real time information of customers and stakeholders;
  • Related technologies such as SCADA, GIS, telecommunications, sensors (especially low cost sensors), inverse models, decision support systems.

Cities of Tomorrow

  • In the current vision , there is an absolute need of generalized ICT in the operation of the cities of the future, or sustainable cities, or water-sensitive cities;
  • Cascading usages of water (incl. re-use and recycling), rainwater harvesting, storm water management, desalination, managed aquifer recharge, micro treatment plants, etc. are the core techniques of our cities of the future These techniques need a very high level of monitoring and thus, a sophisticated density of ICT;
  • Leakage reduction in distribution networks,
  • Improving water efficiency in cities

Asset Management and Field Work Management

  • In-pipe and “through road” condition assessment sensing technologies;
  • Continuous performance, condition and risk assessment sensors and prediction models;
  • Optimised network operation and “just in time” repairs and investment programmes
    GIS/GPS information
  • Buried asset electronic identification and tagging devices, wireless communication through road materials
  • "Wearable computers" for field workers, giving access in real time to all data bases of the company, with interfaces consistent with field conditions.

Energy Efficiency

  • Smart grid in water distribution systems (real time management of pumping strategy, refined demand forecast, optimization of network management and of operating costs);
  • Tools for energy saving in treatment plants;
  •  Real time status monitoring (open / closed) of manual valves (cf. above : equipment of field operators);
  • Monitoring and control of heat recovery in wastewater
  • Tools for Smart Metering / Smart Pricing (e.g. condition-based tariffs).

Water efficiency

  • Improving water efficiency in cities
  • Improving water efficiency in agriculture, including detection of illegal abstraction
  • Eco-system and land-use management in perspective of project scope and available resources

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