SADM wins WEX Global’s Innovation Water Circularity award 2024 in Monterrey, Mexico

The Xylem Vue powered by GoAigua platform implemented in the water network managed by Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey (SADM) has brought overall water savings of 17% — though the figure is up to 37% in many water sectors — due to smart monitoring of water pressure, flow and consumption. SADM was the winner of the Innovation Water Circularity award 2024, presented at WEX Global.

WEX Global is an international event that promotes the exchange of knowledge and best practices among the world’s players in the water and energy sectors, which recently held its 19th meeting in Madrid, Spain

This implementation of Xylem Vue has increased the utility’s operational efficiency and management in severe droughts which forced Nuevo León state to declare a state of emergency in 2022. 

This technology aims to optimise water supply, reducing water loss, digitally controlling pressures, flows and water consumption and improving decision-making in real time. Two of Xylem Vue powered by GoAigua platform’s digital solutions — leak detection and unified network management — were implemented in the Mexican utility.

SADM partnered with Idrica to regulate pressure

In partnership with the international water technology company Idrica, the leak detection solution was implemented to monitor pressure, flow rates and consumption in the network managed by SADM in Monterrey. The unified network management solution was installed to bring information from various dataloggers in place and its supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA).

The focus of this initiative was to fit hydrometric instrumentation to 2,864 circuits and 111 macro sectors, as well as to develop dashboards to display the main operating variables. As a second line of action, the leak detection solution was rolled out and configured with the deployment of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to optimise pressure.

The platform has enabled SADM to monitor, analyse and make decisions on its water network operations in Monterrey — assigning daytime and nighttime set points for its equipment — which enables it to control user consumption. It has also identified possible anomalies in nighttime water use that point to visible and hidden leaks.

As a result, reductions have been obtained in the average consumption of some of its macro sectors and circuits in the Monterrey water network. In many sectors, the savings are as high as 34-37% after the actions taken. This is a milestone considering that Mexico is facing one of its worst droughts in recent years. This project is part of SADM 2050 water supply assurance master plan.

SADM currently provides potable water for the population and a wastewater treatment system in a metropolitan area of 5.3 million inhabitants

Under ‘Water, energy and climate change: Integrated solutions to build a water positive future’, WEX Global 2024 welcomed over 250 participants in Madrid, with a goal to address water and energy challenges marked by climate change.

Idrica vice-president of Americas, Pablo Calabuig, underlined the impact of AI as a major technology as well as Idrica digital twin manager Pilar Conejos saying that AI technology “is set to transform the water and energy sector”. Xylem solutions Europe director Jean de Montal added the need for “a holistic, long-term vision to embrace digital transformation, focused on breaking down information silos within utilities to generate a digital culture in companies”.

Images: Idrica