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Scada to improve Vijayawada water supply

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 26, 2016, 2:58 am IST
Updated Nov 26, 2016, 3:20 am IST
The system acquires data from every reservoir in the city through sensors.
Vijayawada Municipal Corporation
 Vijayawada Municipal Corporation

Vijayawada: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation banking on the supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system to improve the drinking water supply across the city.

The Scada system will enable the civic body to monitor the water supplies in real time. The system acquires data from every reservoir in the city through sensors. The data will be processed in real time and gives specific instructions about the inflows and outflows of water levels.

 

The Scada system also enables the VMC to identify the leakages, pipeline damages and pilferage more effectively so that to act upon the anomalies increasing the efficiency. The VMC has announced that it will provide 24/7 water supply to every household and it hopes that Scada system will come as a handy tool in achieving the goal.

The task of supervision of machinery and industrial processes on a routine basis can be an excruciatingly tiresome job. Always being by the side a machine or being on a 24x7 patrol duty around the assembly line equipment checking the temperature levels, water levels, oil level and performing other checks would be considered a wastage of the expertise of the technician on trivial tasks.

But, to get rid of this burdensome task, the engineers devised equipments and sensors that would prevent or at least reduce the frequency of these routine checks. As a result of that, control systems and it’s various off springs like Scada systems were formed. Supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) offers the ease of monitoring of sensors placed at distances from one central location.

Scada monitors, controls and alarms the plant and regional facilities’ operating systems from a centralised location. It includes the communication of information between a Scada central host computer, many scattered units and programmable logic controllers.

For example, in a water filtration plant, the remote units measure the pressure in pipes and report the readings to the central computer located somewhere in the control tower. In case of any anomaly, the Scada system would alert the main station of the problem appraising it of other details.

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