Research Pillar 2 - Water Supply and Urban Water Management
Research Pillar 2 - Water Supply and Urban Water Management

Despite European investment of millions of euro to sustainably manage Europe’s urban water distribution infrastructure, the progress to-date is inadequate. In Cyprus alone the water loss within water distribution networks is estimated at approximately 30% of the total volume of water introduced in the systems. Ongoing globalization and urbanization has brought upon urban water distribution network managers an increasing need to better understand and manage underground pipe networks, so as to increase the efficiency and reliability of the networks and to alleviate the strain on the usage of water resources.

The increase in demand for water resources and reliable service is even more pressing in countries with scarce water resources. Nireas-IWRC builds on the team’s previous work on water supply, non-conventional water (“grey water”, desalination), urban piping systems, visualization and geospatial database management systems, and aims to advance the research frontiers in these areas by transforming current practices and improving efficiency and sustainability of water management.

Sample projects: (1) Integrated water distribution network risk assessment and management, (2) ad-hoc wireless sensor networks for integrated management of water distribution infrastructure, (3) automatic meter reading, (4) repair-or-replace asset management strategies, (5) salt-water intrusion, (6) dams integrity, (7) groundwater recharge, etc.