Optimize Pumping Schedules to Reduce Cost

BalanceNet helps water companies use less power for pumping, and achieve more reliable operations. It’s a software application that calculates near-optimal pumping schedules.


Reduce costs and carbon footprint

Pumping is the largest energy cost for most water utilities. By optimizing your pumping schedules with BalanceNet you can significantly reduce energy usage, costs, and your carbon footprint.

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Respond to changing conditions

BalanceNet is flexible. If you take a pump offline for maintenance or repair, BalanceNet automatically adapts the schedules to suit.

Get answers fast

BalanceNet runs mass balance simulations. They’re fast, and you shouldn’t find that a pump needed to be turned on two hours ago.

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Control pumps remotely

The pumping schedules that BalanceNet generates can control your pumps remotely.

What you can do with BalanceNet

  • Make Real-Time or Offline Calculations

    BalanceNet calculations can be performed either in real time, based on forecasts generated by IWLive Pro; or offline, using InfoWorks WSPro or InfoWater 

  • Find the Optimum Pump Schedule Quickly

    BalanceNet calculates pump schedules quickly: it performs mass balance calculations rather than full hydraulic simulations, and can run multiple parallel simulations.

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  • Keep Reservoir Levels and Pipe Velocities Within Limits

    BalanceNet takes into account 


    • Minimum and maximum acceptable reservoir levels  
    • Maximum acceptable water velocity through pipes 
    • Pump switching costs 
    • How often you want to switch pumps on and off
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  • Use Your Live Data to Make Savings

    If you collect live data from your water network, you can use BalanceNet in your live environment. You’ll need electricity costs throughout the day. This is designed for networks that have storage and that operate their pumps during the daytime. 

  • Perform Hydraulic Grouping of Pumps

    At the start of its run, the hydraulic engine performs hydraulic grouping of pumps. This vital step greatly reduces the number of hydraulic interactions that need to be calculated, which speeds up parameterisation.  

  • Work from the Most Important Interactions

    There are numerous potential interactions, but only a few will turn out to be important. The rest can be ignored in subsequent time steps, saving time when carrying out full BalanceNet runs.

  • Double-Check Pump Operations with your Hydraulic Model

    You can run the pump schedule through your full hydraulic model to check it won’t fill your reservoir over the desired level (eg the shoreline).

  • Integrate Pump Schedules with your Live Model

    BalanceNet runs automatically within IWLive Pro, constantly refreshing the recommended pump schedules as the actual status of the network changes, as reported by the telemetry.

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