Smart water network modeling technology to improve CA water district's fire flow

CA's Marin Municipal Water District chose Innovyze's smart network modeling solution to improve the fire-fighting capability of its water system.

BROOMFIELD, CO, Aug. 29, 2013 -- The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), California's older municipal water district, has chosen a new smart network modeling solution to improve the fire-fighting capability of the District's water system.

The smart network system, InfoWater Executive Suite, was provided by Innovyze, a company specializing in business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure.

MMWD provides quality drinking water to a service area of some 147 square miles and 185,000 residents and businesses in central and southern Marin County. The District's potable water distribution system includes approximately 941 miles of water mains, 90 pump stations, 124 treated water storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 82 MG, and three treatment plants with a combined capacity of 59 MGD. MMWD will build a comprehensive hydraulic model of its water system with InfoWater to evaluate the need for further fire flow improvements and identify their type, location and impact.

"The InfoWater software suite is a key component of our fire flow master plan update," said Kevin McDonnell, P.E., Senior Engineer at MMWD. "By giving us a clear, detailed view of how our water system is currently working and how it could best be improved, the suite will play a significant part in helping us optimize its performance and meet the latest fire flow standards."

Built atop ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA), InfoWater seamlessly integrates sophisticated predictive analytics, systems dynamics and optimization functionality directly within the powerful ArcGIS setting. From fire flow and water quality simulations, valve criticality and energy cost analysis to pressure zone management and advanced Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm optimization, the InfoWater product suite provides what water utility owner-operators need to best plan, design, operate, secure and sustain their distribution systems.

The software also serves as a base platform for advanced smart network modeling, operational, capital planning, and asset management extensions. Among these critical applications are IWLive (real-time operations and security); InfoWater UDF (unidirectional flushing); CapPlan (risk-based capital planning); InfoMaster and InfoMaster Mobile (asset integrity management and condition assessment); InfoWater MSX (multi-species, temperature, and particle transport/deposition modeling); InfoWater BTX (event/particle backtracking); InfoSurge (surge/transient analysis); Sustainability (carbon footprint calculation); BalanceNet (real-time energy management and operations optimization); PressureWatch (real-time network monitoring and anomaly detection); QualWatch (real-time event detection and contamination warning); and DemandWatch (water demand forecasting).

About Innovyze

Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water and wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasia and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit


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