Tuesday , 18 September 2018

Innovation to conserve water

Gaurav Gosavi, a computer engineering graduate from Goa Engineering College, Ponda who developed the ‘Smart water flow monitoring and forecasting system’ for his final year project this year, had the opportunity to be part of the 9th India Innovation Initiative 2017 – Regional Fair and Entrepreneurship Training Workshop on ‘Transforming Innovators to Startups’. NT KURIOCITY finds out about his project and the two-day workshop

With an aim of regulating the water management system Gaurav Gosavi developed a ‘Smart water flow monitoring and forecasting system’ as part of his final year project. The idea of the project was to have a real time network that would continuously monitor the distribution system of water.

Gaurav who made this project under the guidance of professor Gajanan Gawde says: “Ironically, water wastage and its mismanagement are the main reasons for our country’s water shortage situation. A recent study shows that by 2040, there may not be any drinking water in almost all of India.” He adds that even though the demand for water is ever increasing, its management practices are far behind.”

The key aspects of the system are demand management, leakage management, asset management, water quality, consumption forecasting and automated tariff. The proposed model to forecast and monitor the consumption of water basically consists of flow metre and hardware module. He says: “The flow metre is used to measure the rate of liquid passing through the pipe. The hardware module uploads the recorded data on to the main server. The customers or agencies can monitor/analyse the consumption of water on daily, monthly or yearly basis. Here a web interface is provided to display the various interpretations of water usage. Web interface also provides its users with a feature of making predictions of consumption. For example water department can predict what would be their water requirement for the upcoming year.”

Gaurav further explains that in case of demand management the water department can easily identify which particular region has the highest demand for water so that they can optimise the pressure avoiding pipe burst. “In case of leakage management the water department can easily spot and fix the region of leakage. Also managing various assets of the department becomes easy,” he says. Basically the system will allow the authority to adjust the water supply and optimise the distribution tactics based on the data that is collected. The usage statistics would help people review their current usage, actual requirement and the future predictions based on the current habits. Online bill processing would be the deal’s bonus.

Gaurav, whose project was selected among the top 25 in the western regions, got the opportunity to be part of the 9th India Innovation Initiative 2017-Regional Fair and Entrepreneurship Training Workshop on ‘Transforming Innovators to Startups’ that was held on October 9 and October 10 in Pune. Speaking about the workshop, he says: “There were innovators from different backgrounds and I learnt how one can go from having an innovation to having a startup.” Gaurav also found out about the different schemes available from banks and the government to fund a startup.

“I also got a chance to interact with many innovators who already have well established startup firms,” he said on a concluding note.


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