CARE-W was a major three-year project involving eleven research institutes and water utilities from eight European countries. The project developed a suite of tools to provide the most cost-efficient maintenance and repair of water distribution networks.
Rates of pipeline deterioration increase as major parts of distribution networks approach the end of their useful lives. With leakage, bursts and complaints about water quality and reliability increasing, water utilities need to take strategic action to maintain standards of service with limited budgets. Planners need to answer questions of where, when and how to rehabilitate their networks and decide whether the economic arguments favour low cost short-term solutions above more expensive long-term ones.
The CARE-W project provided a generic suite of tools for answering these questions. The tools were integrated to form a decision support system applicable to different local conditions.
- Integrated Europe-wide approach to water network asset management
- Definitions of "lead" and "lag" key performance indicators (KPIs) for rehabilitation planning and capital maintenance, (a year 1 output)
- Development of deterioration factors for distribution main cohorts
- First-hand knowledge of emerging European approaches and investment models
- Networking opportunities amongst European colleagues
- Subsidised buy-in to a major European project.