CASAN deploys UROS water technologies in Brazil to combat losses in water systems

May 6, 2021

May 6th 2021 - Campinas, Brazil. UROS and CASAN (Companhia Catarinense de Águas e Saneamento), have signed a technical cooperation agreement to bring UROS’ technological expertise in water management to control water losses in Brazil.

As of the first week of May, UROS’ water technologies will be deployed in the São Miguel do Oeste Supply System. It is one of the most complex operations in the state, due to the geographical and geological characteristics of the region. In next steps of the cooperation, the project will be replicated in other regions.

The cooperation will begin with a focus in the central area of the São Miguel do Oeste municipality. The municipality currently has a total water loss level of 49.9% of the water captured. However only 35% of this refers to physical losses, meaning unconsumed water. Approximately 14% are considered commercial losses, meaning volume of water consumed without being billed.

Part of these commercial losses play an important role within the local society. It includes outlets for potable water available in socially vulnerable areas, water trucks used during periods of droughts or system repairs, as well as fire hydrants. Also included in the commercial loss figures are irregular pipe connections and fraud - issues, which are addressed in a systematic way.

The first phase of the joint program will have an estimated duration of six months. The program will be led by UROS General Manager for Americas Frederico Mandolesi, based at UROS offices in Campinas, São Paulo. At the end of the first phase, a diagnosis of the evaluated area will be presented, and the program will be eligible to be replicated in further systems managed by CASAN.

In practical terms, the main focus of the first phase of the cooperation is the São Miguel do Oeste Supply System. Data will be captured and transmitted to UROS servers every five minutes. The data is analysed through algorithmic models on an IoT platform using artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning. Based on the results, maintenance teams will be instructed to work on repairs or improvements that prove necessary.

Later this month, UROS General Manager, Latin America, Marcelo Guimarães, will be in São Miguel do Oeste to kick off the field work project, while Tytti Laitinen and Sakari Laitinen will remotely monitor the operation from Finland.

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