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Our Work Packages

The objectives of this work package are:
• to prepare, manage, monitor and coordinate the project schedule,
• to manage the technical, administrative and financial aspects of the project,
• to keep the required reporting activities up to date for the European Commission,
• to assure the representation of the project towards external entities,
• to assure the cooperation among the partners,
• to monitor and control the project quality and to continuously evaluate the procedures of the project,
• to monitor the ethical issues to insure that the project is carried out under the ethical premises,
• to ensure that the project is properly managed,
• to secure the quality of the work to be undertaken.

The objectives of this work package are:
• to gather the necessary data,
• to set-up of a real-time data recording mechanism,
• to structure the spatial-temporal information coming from the water measurement devices.

This work package aims to the development of decision support system for the efficient water usage at household level. The way of achieving this goal is to understand the householder and their practice as it relates to water consumption at home in order to develop and test the effectiveness of ‘low effort’ water demand reduction intervention measures. In detail, this goal will be achieved through the completion of the following objectives:

  1. Detailed analysis of current domestic water related practice, identifying opportunities for reducing water consumption to ascertain how the use of ICT can be developed to support user-led water demand reduction.
    2. Designing a water demand reduction intervention approach that offers maximum impact potential and minimum risk by fulfilling the following criteria: tackles the water related practice at home; is appealing to the householder; will grow in popularity and continue to meet the constraints imposed by the future water landscape.
    3. Trialing the intervention measures in realistic settings to understand how householders react and respond to them both in terms of behavioral interaction and in bottom line reduction of the measured water consumption, over the short term and over longer periods.

The objectives of this work package are:
1. to develop a novel spatio-temporal water distribution and usage model aiming to optimise and control water supply at urban level,
2. to develop an efficient DSS that will allow water companies to: a) identify leaks and suggest emergency actions, b) assess water demands, c) manage demands through the optimal balance between supply and demand measures, d) control water pressure in Water Supply System to reduce water leakage.

The objectives of the WP5 are to design, implement and maintain a social-media platform supporting the creation and deployment of a social network supporting local, national and international layer and aimed at water stakeholders (consumers and providers). The produced platform will allow the communication and the creation of relationships between stakeholders and to produce and sustain an impact for the communities involved.

In this work package, an adaptive water pricing system to assess the implications of current and optimal water pricing policies will be developed. Many water pricing schemes are dictated by the sole objective of breaking – even in every period of time. However, such systems can result in large water withdrawals that are not sustainable in the long-run, and hence not optimal. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the complex interaction between different pricing systems on the residential water demand and to react to that. These understandings are obtained through the completion of the following objectives:

  1. Analysis of residential water consumption data in order to identify: key factors in water demand, the role of different pricing schemes and price elasticity.
    2. Development of the model that can be easily used by water authorities. The model should take into account different factors that influence the consumption of water in residential areas.
    3. Assessment of different pricing schemes through the use of simulation. The simulation will be able to take into account complex interactions between different factors in the model of which the implications cannot be assessed analytically.
    4. Creation of a decision support system for policy making by water authorities in practice. The system will allow assessing demand and managing them through adaptive pricing.

The works undertaken within WP7 will assure that the results of ISS-EWATUS meet the needs of water stakeholders. The following modules will be validated:
• decision support system for the efficient water usage at households,
• decision support system for the efficient water management at municipal water company,
• social platform for water stakeholders,
• adaptive pricing system.

More specifically, the validation and testing scenarios will include:
• testing the feasibility of the proposed subsystems in two locations: Sosnowiec – Poland and Skiathos – Greece,
• testing the entire system in real life conditions.

The objectives of the evaluation are:
• to assess the quantitative reduction of water consumption,
• to estimate the reduction of peaks in water and energy loads obtained by the installation of ISS-EWATUS.

Objectives of this work package are:
• to assess the social impact in increasing the awareness in water usage and in changing users’ behavior when participating in the social network of water users,
• to assess the economic impact of the ISS-EWATUS results for the new adaptive pricing model,
• to demonstrate the outcomes of ISS-EWATUS in the water demand management at city and household level and to make the results of ISS-EWATUS available to water stakeholders and other relevant audiences,
• to disseminate and promote new innovative outcomes of this project to the European communities interested in the effective water resource management,
• familiarise European Water Bodies with the results of the project,
• to manage any upcoming questions and issues related to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and consider appropriate procedures to settle potential and unforeseen conflicts.
The final dissemination event will demonstrate and summarise the results of the project. This event will educate water users how ICT solutions can support a more effective water demand management. Furthermore, the social platform will be a prominent tool to disseminate the project outcomes and to ensure the impact on water users’ awareness and their behavior.

Validation of our goals

Below you can find the overall validation factors computed by using precise validation factors which are described in “Validation” section. If you’re interested in these details, feel free to explore that section. If you have any comments or remarks, please contact us or follow on Twitter.

H1 – Awareness 0%
H2 – Reduction 0%
H3 – Behaviour 0%
U1 – Leakages 0%
U2 – Energy 0%