Real-time system optimization for sustainable water transmission and distribution

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty, in partnership with Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, Inc. and the University of Dayton, are working to to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Great Lakes as the result of energy consumed by water utilities. The project aims to develop software that will integrate with existing water utility operating systems to achieve this energy reduction by improving pumping efficiency throughout entire water systems. Previously, collaborators on this project have developed a computer program and guidelines for pump optimization that allows SCC operators to reliably meet system demands while minimizing energy consumption. This project will now extend the usefulness of this technology to whole water delivery systems in order to realize the benefits of system-wide pumping optimization. Funding Source: Great Lakes Protection Fund.

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