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WELCOME to the site of UCyAMR, a research project funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation through the 2008 National Research Call, which is in turn funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Union's Regional Structural Funds.

The project's research partners are:

  • FWS Ltd.

Project Summary

The problem of aging infrastructure and of associated water losses in urban water distribution networks has been one of the biggest infrastructure problems facing city and municipal authorities and a major task in their efforts to achieve efficient and sustainable management of water resources. Interestingly enough and as a measure of the magnitude of the problem, the “unaccounted-for” water is in the range of 20% to 30% even in developed countries, whereas in developing countries this percentage is even higher (as reported by the International Water Association, IWA). According to studies found in literature for example, water losses in France’s water distribution network have been estimated at an average 26%, in UK at 19%, in Italy 29% (MCG 2006) and in Cyprus 25-30%. Yet, local communities have poor prediction tools to prioritize how essential infrastructure investment is conducted and to dynamically account for the water consumption at households and in the network in general.

One of the main issues in mitigating the effects of pipeline failures is the identification of the pipes’ vulnerabilities in advance and the implementation of suitable rehabilitation and prevention procedures. Furthermore, the ‘online’ measuring of water consumption will allow Water Boards to dynamically monitor the water balance in the networks, to detect water losses as they occur, implement ‘virtual water’ and water-pricing policies based on consumption, and enforce water saving measures devised on volumetric consumption, water quota, and online monitoring. The proposed research project aims at:

  • Expanding current research at the Host Organization on water-loss reduction,
  • Performing vulnerability assessment of lifeline systems (e.g. water, natural gas, electricity), with a focus on urban water distribution networks,
  • Developing prediction and evaluation methods for evaluating the social and economic vulnerability with a view to integrating these methods with engineering-based vulnerability or fragility evaluation methods. The aim will be to provide indicators of engineering, social and economic vulnerability based on a number of factors that represent engineering principles, community demographics, socio-economic and risk perception characteristics,
  • Developing a comprehensive hardware and software solution for the monitoring of piping systems with ad-hoc wireless sensors,
  • Developing a comprehensive hardware and software solution for the automatic meter reading of water meters, providing online monitoring of water consumption in the network,
  • Implementing the developed system at a pilot location,
  • Setting up a multidisciplinary team of experts from civil engineering, risk analysis, mechanical engineering, computational mechanics, and computer engineering for a holistic approach to vulnerability assessment.
A more detailed description of the Work Packages involved, relevant deliverables and reports, as well as information on related research projects undertaken by the research partners and their findings can be found in the rest of the web tabs on this web-page.

Recent announcements

  • More Conference Presentations Scheduled in May A seried of manuscripts submitted to the European Water Resources Association's (EWRA) 2011 Conference in Catania, Italy (Jun. 29- Jul. 2, 2011) and to IWA's Watermatex2011 Conference (Jun ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2011, 12:25 PM by Symeon Christodoulou
  • Presenting at the MEDIWAT Stakeholders Event (Lemesos, Cyprus) A presentation was given at the MEDIWAT (Sustainable Management of Environmental Issues Related to Water Stress in Mediterranean Islands) Stakeholders Event in Lemesos, Cyprus (18 March 2011).
    Posted Apr 21, 2011, 12:19 PM by Symeon Christodoulou
  • Presenting at IWA's Efficient 2011 Conference (Dead Sea, Jordan) A first look at the proposed platform and related research work was presented at the International Water Asociation's (IWA) Efficient2011 Conference at Dead Sea, Jordan (March 29 - April 2 ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2011, 3:35 AM by Symeon Christodoulou
  • Setting the wheels in motion... February 2011... and the first part of hardware and software purchases were set in motion, as well as recruiting research associates. Background research work has already started by UCy and ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2011, 12:09 PM by Symeon Christodoulou
  • Kick-off Meetings The months of January and February have seen extensive activity by all research partners. A series of kick-off meetings have taken place for devising work plans and devising tasks ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2011, 12:05 PM by Symeon Christodoulou
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