A large percentage of energy input to a water distribution system is lost through three key areas: pipe friction (and minor losses at bends and fittings); control valves (e.g., pressure reducing and sustaining valves, flow control valves); and the customer tap in maintaining a minimum level of pressure. Tap losses are calculated at the network nodes and include domestic and non-domestic consumption and leakage losses.
Now, for the first time, MWH Soft water network Sustainability analysis extension makes sustainable network design easily accessible and credible. It helps users determine the carbon footprint for pumps and the cumulative total energy lost across all elements in the network, from source to consumer tap. A comprehensive visualization tool color-codes these elements based on their total environmental impact. Users can also easily compare multiple network reconfiguration alternatives, rank networks from least to most efficient, pinpoint areas with the greatest potential for improvement, and instantly identify potential for pumped/pressure-reducing valve (PRV) optimization as well as future energy recovery.
“This groundbreaking extension will help our user community make an important contribution to the world by continuously developing sound energy optimization and rehabilitation programs,” said Andrew Brown, EMEA Regional Manager for MWH Soft. “We listened to the engineering community’s concerns about designing more sustainable, environmentally friendly systems. We’re confident we have delivered a powerful solution.”
“We are honored to simultaneously enhance the superbly engineered InfoWorks WS product line, H2ONET, H2OMAP Water and InfoWater with this key technology upgrade,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, President and COO of MWH Soft. “Sustainability reflects our ongoing determination to provide our customers with enhanced, high-value software that helps them strengthen, protect, sustain and optimize their hydraulic infrastructures at maximum energy and cost savings. We created this extension to make energy efficiency management the simplest, most powerful choice with the highest pound-for-pound return — surpassing all competitive offerings by far. We are proud to continue refining this vital best-in-class carbon calculation tool, knowing it will make an immediate difference in people’s lives, our communities, and our society.”
Pricing and Availability
The new Water Sustainability extension for InfoWorks WS, H2ONET Suite, and H2OMAP Water and InfoWater Executive Suites, will be available worldwide by subscription in December 2009. Subscription members will be able to download the new extension free of charge directly from www.mwhsoft.com or www.wallingfordsoftware.com. The MWH Soft Subscription Program is a friendly customer support and software maintenance program that ensures the longevity and usefulness of MWH Soft products. It gives subscribers instant access to new functionality as it is developed, along with automatic software updates and upgrades. For the latest information on the MWH Soft Subscription Program, visit www.mwhsoft.com, www.wallingfordsoftware.com or contact your local MWH Soft Certified Representative.