Water transportation

Drinking water – wherever and whenever it’s needed

Water – wherever and whenever it’s needed

Long-distance water pipelines are a proven means of supplying water. It isn’t unusual for them to extend for hundreds of kilometres – through desert landscapes and rough mountainous terrain. Australia’s large geographic profile means reliable and accurate telemetry systems are paramount to the distribution of our water. With in-depth process expertise, extensive experience and proven products, systems and solutions, we work with you to develop the best solution for water transportation and optimised pipeline operation – to ensure you are perfectly equipped to master the challenges of the global water industry.

SIWA water management

Processes in flux

To ensure optimized operations, you need to control and manage your plant and infrastructure in the water and wastewater industry intelligently. Our smart response is the SIWA water management system, a modular solution for pipelines, drinking water and wastewater networks. This smart water solution includes software modules that can be flexibly combined with each other. Depending on the requirement, they will help optimize processes, identify and locate leaks and dynamically simulate pipeline systems. The benefits are obvious – in addition to improved security of supply, you can reduce energy consumption and thus your costs as a system operator.

Always well supplied

Sometimes water can be transported with the help of the natural gradient. At other times, pumping stations are required. Plant units, stations or treatment plants are typically separated by long distances and are often unmanned as a consequence. The various components – incl. process control technology, drive and automation technology, process instrumentation, and power supply – must therefore be sturdy and reliable, and work together perfectly.

Overview of the entire pipeline

Whether it’s monitoring water pipes, controlling pipeline shutoff valves or recording flow data that helps identify leaks – to ensure efficient water transportation, it is essential to have relevant information at all times.


Efficient operation and observation of system processes are crucial for ensuring secure pipeline operation and enabling a swift and targeted response in the event of a breakdown. Telecontrol technology is used to comprehensively connect the local stations, such as wells in distant source regions, to the plant-wide automation, regardless of how far they are from each other.

Quickly identify leaks

The efficiency and cost-effectiveness of water transport and distribution depends on the fast, reliable detection and location of leaks. The amount of time before a leak is detected is critical for the prevention of potential damage, such as undermining of buildings or roads. Leaks may result in a loss of valuable drinking water that has been purified at high cost, and may lead to substantial economic losses.


Urgent action is required: about one-fourth of the world’s drinking water is lost through leakage. SIWA LeakControl for complex water distribution networks and SIWA Leak for water transport pipelines are modules made available by Siemens for intelligent leak monitoring.

Full energy transparency and optimization

Energy consumption is one of the main cost factors in water transport. Electrical power distribution in all water plants requires integrated solutions.


Our answer: Totally Integrated Power. This means innovative, interface-optimized products and systems that have been optimally coordinated, helping you to gain transparency with regard to your energy needs and to cut costs substantially.

Demand and regulation

Demand management strategies – including efficiency, conservation, loss reduction and pricing - are effective methods of reducing the water demand-supply gap.

Demonstrate compliance through best practices. Water conservation, integrated water cycle management, and performance reporting are possible through network visibility and operations transparency.

Asset life

Ageing infrastructure is a global challenge.  Increasing network visibility presents opportunities to operate assets more efficiently. Many utilities are deferring capital expenditure through network optimisation and using real-time modelling to address constraints.  


Featured products to assist your desalination project

DNP3 Telemetry

Flexible, modular remote solutions

Modular and scalable remote terminal units increase network visibility, reduce downtime and costs. Fault diagnostics, standard with all Siemens equipment, is accessible for remote troubleshooting, minimising site visits.

Totally Integrated Automation

Scalable, intuitive automation

SCADA, Networks, PLCs, Drives, Motor Control, HMI and Instrumentation communicate with inbuilt diagnostics. Reduce design, configuration, commissioning and operational troubleshooting with a Totally Integrated Platform in one package.


SCALANCE Network Communications

Powerful, secure, scalable for industry

Totally Integrated Automation with Integrated Industrial Communications provides visibility, reliability and security at all levels of plant and IT network. Automation and IT converge seamlessly with Siemens industrial communications platform.

SITRANS Process Instrumentation

Whole of life value

Siemens level, flow and pressure instrumentation with lowest whole of life costs boosts ROI for water utilities and irrigators. Remote diagnostics cut operational expenditure and improvecustomer service. 

SIRIUS Switchgear

Intelligence with Flexible Assembly

Safety, reliability and flexibility.  Do more with less space as Siemens modular switchgear reduces panel build time and lower project costs.


Totally Integrated Power

A comprehensive electrification portfolio enables a reliable, safe and efficient power supply for all voltage levels. Totally Integrated Power facilitates peak load management and power management throughout service life.

SIMOCODE Intelligent Motor Control

Cost-effective motor management

Total plant transparency and distributed motor control thanks to the only intelligent motor manager with integrated safety. Join major Australian & New Zealand water utilities in adopting Intelligent Motor Control Centres.

SINAMICS Variable Speed Drive Technology

Modular drives for service efficiency

One control unit for all Siemens G120 drives cuts inventory, downtime and recommissioning. Engineers reduce design time with Totally Integrated Automation Portal and pre-commission drives to minimise site costs.


Greater efficiency – thanks to perfectly tailored solutions

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Your plant is our concern

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