Alain Dedieu, President Water Wastewater, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, the global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, are reshaping the digital core of Kunming CGE Water Supply’s (KMCGE) water management system.

The combination of AVEVA and Schneider Electric software, technology and water domain experience are providing KMCGE with better operational management, improved visualization of energy usage and a safer, more reliable, sustainable, and efficient water distribution process.

Kunming is the capital and largest modern city in China’s southern Yunnan province. Its municipal water company KMCGE, services a population of nearly four million residents with its 10 treatment plants, with a total water supply capacity of 1.58 million cubic meters per day, and a water distribution network that stretches over more than 2,000 kilometers. As the city grows, KMCGE needs to continue to expand the scale of its water supply.

While primarily implemented to ensure a safe, stable and more efficient municipal water supply, digitalization is critically important to reducing overall operating costs and driving sustainability in water distribution systems. Through the partnership, KMCGE has reduced leakage and energy waste and improved operational and maintenance efficiencies, allowing it to continue supplying high-quality drinking water to a growing urban population.

KMCGE chose Schneider Electric and AVEVA for the technological performance and visibility offered by their solutions, as well as the deep trust generated through their 10-year long relationship. When it came time to upgrade the system, KMCGE wanted a new production scheduling system that would not only include the data accessed by the existing system, but also integrate a whole host of additional data on its water sources, plants, transmission and distribution networks, energy use, and water quality.

“Schneider Electric has been our partner for many years. Based on our specific requirements, they provided us with a complete digital solution, from production control to operation scheduling,” said Yu Cheng Huang, Assistant Manager, Water Supply and Distribution Control Center, KMCGE. “We will continue to work with Schneider Electric so we can make full use of this precious natural resource and achieve green and sustainable operations.”

Schneider Electric deployed the EcoStruxure for Water & Wastewater solution that builds on KMCGE’s installed base, including Modicon M340 PACsAltivar ATV1200 and ATV630 variable speed drives, medium and low-voltage power distribution systems, integrated with AVEVA System Platform software and EMS+, an energy management services platform, to provide visibility and unify operations in Kunming Water.

With its ability to integrate the performance of the connected devices and edge products, AVEVA System Platform provides KMCGE with a “digital core” for its updated water distribution management platform, incorporating lean management and centralized control capabilities. The EMS+ system collects and centralizes key data on water sources, water plants, pumping stations, distribution networks, and water quality. This wealth of data is then made available for analysis and reporting to help KMCGE formulate and refine effective water supply plans and make production scheduling more transparent, flexible, and efficient, ultimately optimizing the entire process, from production to distribution.

Other results include:

  • Improved operations with real-time control and more efficient maintenance
  • Reduced energy usage and overall operating costs
  • Optimized water distribution and plant efficiency to provide a safer, reliable and sustainable water supply for residents

“We’re proud to see how EcoStruxure for Water has enabled Kunming CGE Water Supply to deliver high-quality drinking water to an urban population of nearly four million people safely, efficiently, and reliably across 10 water treatment plants in Kunming”, said Alain Dedieu, President Water Wastewater at Schneider Electric. We look forward to seeing KMCGE unlock its potential to understand, manage and enhance its distribution of water across Kunming through this long-standing partnership”.