Philippines city selects Bentley's WaterGEMS to efficiently design, build new water systems
EXTON, PA, July 29, 2009 -- Davao City Water District (DCWD), the largest water district in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila, has selected Bentley's WaterGEMS as its new water distribution modeling and analysis software...
• Software will enable largest water district in Philippines outside of metro Manila to meet rapidly growing capacity demands
EXTON, PA, July 29, 2009 -- Davao City Water District (DCWD), the largest water district in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila, has selected Bentley's WaterGEMS as its new water distribution modeling and analysis software. DCWD currently has more than 166,000 service connections and was recognized in the region as the "Most Outstanding Water District of 2002" by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and as the "Top Water District Performer of 2006" by the Philippine Association of Water Districts.
DCWD is using WaterGEMS' advanced model building, optimization, and infrastructure management tools to design and conduct feasibility studies for new water systems, as well as to rehabilitate the city's existing water systems. In addition, WaterGEMS played a central role in DCWD's development of a water management master plan with the capacity to supply potable and affordable water to Davao City's growing population for the next 20 years. DCWD's choice of WaterGEMS for these crucial projects was based on the software's efficiency, flexibility, and ease of use.
Rodora Gamboa, DCWD's general manager, noted that adopting a technically advanced, user-friendly product to sustain the utility's water management requirements for future generations is critical to its customers' quality of life. "With service connections growing over the past 16 years from 70,134 to more than 166,000, we need a distribution modeling and analysis product that can help us develop and maintain a cost-effective water system with adequate capacity to meet our growing needs," she explained.
DCWD's engineers are particularly impressed with WaterGEMS' scenario management capability, which enables multiple scenarios or "what-if" simulations to be contained within a single file. They find this feature to be very useful when comparing alternative approaches to rehabilitation projects, as well as when modeling pump control scenarios to support energy-saving initiatives.
General Manager Gamboa concluded, "WaterGEMS allows us to analyze, design, and build water supply systems more efficiently, which results in greater savings in time and money. Thanks to WaterGEMS, we can analyze different water sources and variable demand scenarios with ease, and can make sound operational decisions to meet our water project objectives."
Founded in 1973, Davao City Water District is the largest water utility in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila, with its total service connections currently exceeding 166,000. Operating as a government-owned-and-controlled corporation, DCWD implements its projects in calculated phases and stages. Transmission and distribution lines, sources, pumping stations, and reservoirs have substantially increased over the years to meet Davao City's growing needs.
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