Innovation: Water Enhanced Resource Planning - Where water supply meets demand

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Water supply involves many actors. While many management tools exist, they cannot intercommunicate and no framework is available for integrating all of them, preventing integrated water resources management to be fully achieved.

WatERP will develop a web-based Open Management Platform (OMP), integrating intelligent systems through open interfaces, to enable water supply distribution chains to be managed in a unified and customized way. The OMP will provide inferred information on water supplies, flows, consumption, distribution efficiency, and supply and demand within a single framework.
It comprises 3 tools: (a) Data Warehouse, using semantics and common language, (b) DSS, for coordinating actions, prioritizing water uses, improving distribution efficiency, and saving water, energy and costs, and (c) Demand Management, supporting socio-economical analyses and policies. Open standards will be used to maximize interoperability and data sharing. WatERP technologies will be developed under a user-centred participatory design.

9 Partners (ES, DE, GR and UK), with a large SME component, a water authority, a water utility and a big water sector companies association) will validate the project outcomes in 2 different pilots:
(1) Ter-Llobregat water supply system (ES) representing water-stressed parts of Europe and
(2) Karlsruhe water supply system (DE) representing more water-rich regions.

WatERP enables improved matching of water supply and demand from a holistic point of view, pursuing 2 objectives: (i) improving coordination among actors and (ii) fostering behavioural change to reduce water (8%) and energy (5%) consumption. By enabling a more dynamic and agile interaction among the different actors involved in water supply distribution, the platform improves water governance while maintaining the autonomy and independence of the actors. WatERP will also develop a strong dissemination capability, besides an evaluation of their anticipated cost and benefits and market prospects.


1. Facilities multiple-scalable decisions: Across geographic scales (from hilltop to ocean), across organizational scales (regulator, bulk water supplier, water utilities,..) and across jurisdiction levels (National, Regional and Local).

2. Water matching, from user to sources. WatERP improves matching of water supply distribution and demand from a holistic point of view (IWRM).

3. Subsystems that control and manage the production, management and consumption of water will be interconnected through both standardized information architecture and intelligent infrastructure.

4. A web-based Open Management Platform (OMP) for water resource managers integrating near real-time knowledge from building blocks (DSS & DMS) and supported by an ontology driven knowledge base on water supplies and water usage.

5. Project validation in 2 opposite pilots: Ter-Llobregat Basin (SP), representing a water-stressed region and Karlsruhe area (GER), depicting a more water-rich region.

WatERP presents a new concept to exchange supply and consumption knowledge across the entire water supply distribution chain. It will thus provide a major contribution to: i) improve coordination among actors, ii) foster behavioural change, iii) reduce water and energy consumption, iv) optimize water accountability and v) move forward water management in line with the Water Framework Directive (WFD)"
WatERP will develop a web-based "Open Management Platform" (OMP) supported by real-time knowledge on water supply and demand, enabling the entire water distribution system to be viewed in an integrated and customized way.

The OMP will provide to the user inferred information regarding water supplies, flows, water consumption patterns, water losses, distribution efficiency, and water supply and demand forecasts, within a web-based unified framework.

This information will be stored in a Water Data Warehouse making use of semantics and common language and open standards (such as WaterML 2.0) which will be defined in the ontology developed to ensure interoperability and maximize usability.

In addition, external linkages to costs, energy factors, control systems, data acquisition systems, external models, forecasting systems and new data sources will be made possible for easy integration into the system.

The main purpose of this information interaction and processing will be to improve the matching between supply and demand. To achieve this final goal, a Decision Support System (DSS) tool will support coordination of actions throughout the entire water supply distribution chain, prioritization of water uses, distribution efficiency improvements, and water, energy and cost savings. A Demand Management System (DMS) will analyse socioeconomical drivers and policies to improve demand management. The project outcomes will be tested and validated in two pilots representative of different European water problems (water scarcity - water abundance) with clearly distinct objectives (optimize water resources management - improve water energy efficiency).
Water can be saved through: infrastructure investment; improved coordination; or behavioural change-measures with different costs & time scales.

While 40% water savings could be achieved from technological improvements, this value is the sum of a series of different actions. Based on water resources management experience, it can be roughly estimated that improving coordination among actors could lead to water savings between 5 and 8%, with smart metering providing an additional 8 to 10%.

WatERP technological solution gives response to the coordination among actors building a smart water solution.

WatERP provides the capacity to support water governance improvements while maintaining the autonomy and independence of the actors involved. The proposed solution offers a framework from which both technical and non-technical improvements can be obtained and is therefore an ideal solution for addressing water scarcity and improving water supply distribution efficiency. WatERP impacts are remarkable with benefits emanating in many different directions. Beyond the water and energy savings, the water WatERP Open Management Platform would provide water accountability (egovernment) and would provide a platform from which the environment could be better managed in accordance with the WFD.

Expected Outcomes:

• WatERP Water Management Ontology

The Water Management Ontology encompasses the water cycle from its management perspective with the aim to establish recommendations and alerts regarding actions taken or decisions made concerning its various control and management systems.

• WatERP Open Management Platform (OMP)

The WatERP Open Management Platform is an information hub, which will support decision making at different stages such as water supply and demand (and forecasting), determining water consumption patterns, water allocation decisions, etc., enabling knowledge-based water governance to be achieved throughout the water supply distribution chain.

• WatERP ICT Architecture

The communication architecture will focus on providing intelligent and near real-time linkage between the various water supply distribution chain management tools or systems (Data Management Systems, Decision Support systems, Demand Management Systems, Weather Forecast Systems, etc.) and the OMP.

• WatERP Water Data Warehouse (WDW)

A central topic of the project (which is also the basis for all other intelligent support functionalities) is the implementation of intelligent, yet efficient, management of a large amount of data of static, real time and near real-time character, coming from a number of heterogeneous sources (and which should also allow for the easy integration of new data sources).

• WatERP Demand Management System (DMS)

This building block will be focused on the demand-side of the water supply distribution chain, with the aim to enhance capabilities and provide information and analysis tools for generating real-time usage consumption data and forecasted future demands. This information will feed the Decision Support System such that supply can be matched with demand. Over the long-term, these tools would support planning and assessment of policy instruments for water conservation and efficient water use. Through the exploitation of the knowledge base, as well as real-time water consumption monitoring, the DMS will develop communication tools to enhance awareness among water users towards water conservation.

• WatERP Decision Support Systems (DSS )

One of the key features in this project is the design and development of a Decision Support System (Water DSS) which will provide recommendations based on inferred knowledge to help achieve the overall objective of matching an accurate supply to the forecasted demand across the whole water supply distribution chain and contributes to the reduction of energy consumption.
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Water Enhanced Resource Planning - Where water supply meets demand


01.10.2012 to 30.09.2015

on-going project

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Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. TERSA BOLEA Ferran

Phone: +34-935534540




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. CANGROS ALONSO Arnau

Phone: +34-93 567 28 00




Role in project: Coordination

Contact person: Mr. ABECKER Andreas

Phone: +49-721 16006 256




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. KORTH Andreas

Phone: +49-721 9678 140




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. SANCHEZ-DIEZMA GUIJARRO Rafael

Phone: +34-934054662




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. MOYA Antonio

Phone: +34-915749107




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Prof. MENTZAS Gregoris


Phone: +30-2107723895




Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. KÜHLERS Dirk

Phone: +49-721 599 3211



(United Kingdom)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Ms. WU Wenyan

Phone: +44-1785 353324