Sep 28, 2023
Sanepar Case - Ada System for Reduction and Control of Real Losses
The search for efficiency and process optimization is a constant in any organization. In the case of the Sanitation Company of Paraná (Sanepar), the need for innovation to reduce and control real water losses has become a priority.
Open Innovation Program: Sanepar Startups
Founded in 2021, Sanepar Startups is an innovation program for environmental sanitation. It was created by SANEPAR in collaboration with the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI-BR), the Finep - a company of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), and the Brazilian Support Service for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae/PR).
The objective of Sanepar Startups is to accelerate startups in the water sector of Brazil, and in this scenario, the Ada System came into action, reaching a new level in loss management with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. To learn more about the Ada System, see our Solutions page by clicking here.
How was the implementation of the Ada System?
The strategy was to perform the Pilot test in 2 different sectors of Curitiba, both operated by Sanepar, with around 1,000 connections and 11 km of network each.
After installing the Pascal Pressure Devices, we began to create a robust database and characterize system operation profiles and an indicator monitoring system.
In the initial analysis, we found that Sector A had very poor performance indexes compared to Sector B.
ILI - Infrastructure Leakage Index: It is a metric that combines data on real losses and unavoidable losses to evaluate the efficiency of the distribution network. The lower the ILI, the better the efficiency.
What were the indexes before using the Ada System?
As seen in the above infographic, the ILI of Sector A was 26.4, the real loss was 650m³ per connection per day, resulting in a financial loss of R$1,713 per day.
On the other hand, Sector B's ILI was 2.9, with a daily real loss of 100m³ per connection, equivalent to a financial loss of R$265 per day.
What was the result after using the Ada System?
In 6 months of using our Ada System, we were able to observe a significant improvement in its indexes. There was a 70% reduction in real water losses.
The ILI of Sector A was reduced to 7.2, the real daily loss is now 200m³ per connection, and the financial costs are now R$526 per day.
As for Sector B, which had more balanced performance indexes, we also had improvements. The ILI decreased to 1.6, the daily real loss is now 49m³ per connection, and the financial costs decreased to R$156 per day.
Sector A and Sector B of Sanepar's Considerations
Loss managers typically face problems with water loss and inconsistent field data, always chasing emergencies. In the case of Sanepar, one of the issues to be resolved is reducing the time to report, locate, and repair leaks and other operational events.
Although each sector behaved differently, the Pilot test is showing that the Ada System is effective in reducing warning and leakage location time, enabling the adoption of preventive measures in sectors of different loss levels.
Until the project's moment, we have recovered 491 m³ of water per day, reduced 98,484 kWh per year in electric energy, and contributed to the reduction of 895 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
Results like this indicate that we are on the right track, creating technology to preserve the essential and fostering innovation and sanitation technology to increasingly make access to drinking water a reality for the entire population.
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