This project focused on the water supply management for the small town of Merweville in the Karoo, South Africa. The water supply for this town is under the jurisdiction of the Beaufort West Municipality, situated over 100km away. While the town's population is small, with less than 2000 people living there, there is an ongoing drought, and deficits in water supply monitoring and management hampered the water supply to residents and farmers in the area.
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The town relied on six boreholes and one reservoir to cater to its water supply needs. However, the total water inflow into the reservoir was around 4.1 liters/second, which was too low, even for such a small town. The supply problem forced the municipality to shut off the water supply daily, on a schedule, to manage usage under these conditions. Further, of the six boreholes in Merweville, many had broken equipment.
None of the borehole equipment had any monitoring in place, making supply management difficult because of unreliable data. Pumps for the boreholes were also too big, resulting in the boreholes being pumped dry. In addition, the one reservoir leaked. The municipality monitored water usage manually - an operator was sent physically to each flow meter to record use.
Number of Users: 6 (Mobile or predominantly mobile users)
Number of Measures: 83
Number of Charts: 34
Number of Dashboards: 4
Number of Messages Sent From Flow: 1
Data Sources: Ignition Historian
Reports Generated: 4 (Daily, weekly, monthly, and annually)
Total audience: Provincial government, the GEOSS (borehole management), and the municipality’s engineer.
CCBA needed a solution to automatically capture and account for downtime, speed losses, and production numbers on all their filling lines. In addition, they required trustworthy information to support confident, timely, and accurate decision-making.
“I cannot express the ease with which Flow can be implemented, configured and used as well as the aggregated, timebased information value it delivers from a multitude of sources.”
The main challenge facing the production team was the lack of timely decision making and protracted delays in picking up production glitches which impacted on-the-go decision making.