Partner Spotlight – Guelph Water


The City of Guelph’s Water system includes a combined thirty one (31) facilities for sourcing, supply, treatment, storage, and transfer. In 2012, a total of 16,560,328 cubic metres (16.6 billion litres / 4.4 billion gallons) of water was treated and pumped to the system. The average daily water demand was 45,247 cubic metres (45.2 million litres / 11.9 million gallons). The highest daily use of water was 58,764 cubic metres (58.8 million litres / 15.5 million gallons).

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Partnering Success

Guelph Water was selected to participate in the Province of Ontario’s Showcasing Water Innovation program. Through this plan, the province is funding leading edge, innovative, and cost-effective solutions for managing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in Ontario communities.
The projects are unique in that they:

  • take an integrated and sustainable approach to solving water management challenges.
  • use innovative approaches and technologies.
  • produce results that can be easily used by other
  • create partnerships that highlight the benefits of
    working together.

Innovative Collaboration

The City and Eramosa are leading the way by leveraging the Eramosa Reporting and Information System (e.RIS) to integrate data and deliver reports to field devices while employees are working in the distributed system. The City also implemented power monitoring at all facilities and is making this data accessible to end users through e.RIS. Power monitoring reporting makes use of the e.RIS calculation engine to present key metrics such as station power consumption per unit volume of water production.

The City also implemented an innovative, low cost, and movable distribution system pressure monitoring program using hydrant monitoring devices from Hydrant Network Solutions Inc. Data from this effort is connected to e.RIS for analysis and reporting using the tool’s data query and reporting engines.

An upcoming proof of concept project will see the City implement leak listening devices on hydrants to monitor for leakage within District Metered Areas (DMAs). These listening devices can pinpoint leaks as they occur with e.RIS being used to analyze the collected data. The City is implementing the DMAs using wireless flow meter technology integrated into their SCADA system and then leveraging e.RIS to report on DMA water loss.

e.RIS is also used as the transfer engine of SCADA data into the City’s hydraulic model to facilitate calibration checks and optimize energy consumption. The model also acts as an operational tool to allow staff to predict the impact of operational changes (for example, taking a main or tower out of service).

A unique use of e.RIS is Guelph’s extension of the tool in support of their Bulk Water Fill Station. Approximately 150 bulk water customers use it for everything from dust control to rural well and swimming pool filling. Many more customers are in the queue.

A PLC-based bulk water station with proximity card and security code access are used to track water loaded onto each truck. A control panel interface allows self-control of the fill cycle. Client information is added and managed through a GE iFIX screen portal. Data is collected with each fill and stored in the processor. The fill and client data is then pushed to a MySQL database where e.RIS mines it and creates monthly invoicing automatically.

To find out more about e.RIS, contact:

Tim Kruse
Canada: 519.763.7774
USA: 313.556.2840