Districting of water networks
Water networks are a complex system. Districting them into smaller, homogeneous areas with measured connection points, allows a better and timely management of their complexity. This is particularly useful to:
- facilitate the definition of water balance of a network
- improve service efficiency
- optimise research for potential leaks
- isolate network sections, when needed.
In other words, the districting of water networks enables to provide a detailed quantitative balance of the water coming in and out from any district. That is important also because it allows to study performance variations in time for each area, helping us to intervene promptly.
It is one of the main activities that Acea started in 2019, in order to contain physical leaks along the supply network in Rome and its province. Acea Ato 2 is about to complete the division of the network in supply districts or water zones.
Once districts have been mapped, and their water balance monitored in real time, water digitalisation is completed with the network mathematical modelling.
Mathematical modelling of water networks
The implementation of mathematical and hydraulic models - to digitally reconstruct flows along thousands of kilometres of pipes - provides our technical staff with a detailed capture of the aqueduct system, which is a valuable factor to address specific interventions and broader plans.