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C Environmental impact Assessment


C1. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions


A detailed analysis shall be made to identify the effect of the actuators and the newly installed system on the environmental footprint of Oasen’s product water. A baseline LCA mapping the current situation at Oasen already exists. The new LCA will be compared with the existing one to establish the net environmental benefits achieved by the project. The main environmental parameters and indicators need to be defined in the first stage of the project, at two levels: process and product. In particular, a list of main parameters to be monitored (and the rationale for their monitoring) will be prepared, including the following (non-exhaustive) list:

  • Amount of water losses/leakages

  • Resources for manufacturing and installation of the actuators and the whole system

  • Energy consumption of the system

  • Energy consumption for network operation and management (pumps etc.)

  • Resources required created by leaks

  • Potential damage created by leaks

  • Water quality

In order to fully understand and exploit the environmental added values that SmartWater can bring, 3S will extensively monitor the environmental performance of the actuators and the whole system when their operation has been technically validated and many test scenarios have been exercised in order to conduct a full LCA analysis in the second half of the project during close-to-real-life operation in the water distribution network.


The objective is to demonstrate that the proposed solutions guarantees consistent and lower environmental impacts with respect to tate-of-the-art.

C2. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions


The main objective is to demonstrate the enormous environmental and operational benefits of introducing a network of actuators and optionally related sensors in water supply networks for monitoring and control of the network flow situation. Optionally related sensors mean that not each actuator needs a sensor, but maybe one actuator needs more than one sensor. The technology has an enormous replication potential in terms of

  • Further SMW applications,

  • Its geographical scope, and

  • Other application fields such as urban and industrial waste water infrastructures and the gas distribution


To fully exploit this replication and transferability potential a market analysis and socio-economic impact assessment will be conducted and a replicability and transferability plan will be elaborated. The first 3 replication projects are expected to be initiated during the project.



To evaluate the socio-economic benefits of the new solution, the socioeconomic impact analysis needs to be realized. To prepare the transfer and replication of the technology, a dedicated replication plan has to be developed and first steps towards the Implementation of replication projects need to be taken.

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