Smart Water is a research project that is a collaboration between the Municipality of Ålesund and NTNU University. The fleet will conduct research on the water to ensure good water quality for the inhabitants and the measurements will be used for research and teaching at NTNU. 

Smart Water involves development of tools for real time data collection and predictive models – and simulation of all processes from the drinking water source, via water treatment plants, water distribution, distribution networks and sewage treatment.  

The project consists of two work packages:

  • WP1: Smart Drinking Water Management System
  • WP2: Smart Wastewater Management System

The research has already provided answers to a number of questions about water quality development and future needs for the development of sensory science as an important part of the water and sewage structure in Ålesund.

In order to achieve good results, it is crucial that measurement data and measuring stations are made available in the municipality's central operational monitoring facility. Through this, the data will be available to NTNU. A Non Disclosure Agreement has been established for data sharing. Measurement data and results for the project work, will be used in both overall and subordinate planning.

The future lab facilitates the collaboration between NTNU and the activities for water and sewage in Ålesund municipality, through the mediation of contact with the professional environment and partners in the lab.

Innovative fleet

Tuesday 9th of June 2020 a raft was launched in Brusdalsvatnet (Lake Brusdalen), the drinking water source of Ålesund. 

The fleet shall monitor the water quality in the lake and log values important for the quality of the lake. The fleet is part of a simulation and visualization platform Ålesund municipality is in the process of developing for Brusdalsvatnet. The goal is a digital twin for the water source. The data collected by the fleet can be used to improve research related to drinking water sources.

NTNU uses the measurements and data in research and teaching.

By knowing the changes in water quality parameters from the surface of Brusdalsvatnet down to the bottom, NTNU can study the transport of pollution from the surface to deeper parts of the lake where the raw water is taken out to the water treatment plant. This way you can be safer wherever it is wise to get this raw water.

The variables determine the physical and chemical quality of Brusdalsvatnet and the monitoring will ensure even better water quality for the inhabitants.

Partners: Municipality of Ålesund and NTNU University Ålesund 


  • NTNU: Razak Seidu
  • Ålesund Municipality: Bjørn Skulstad

Relevant Sustainability Goals

3 - Good health and well-being

4 - Quality education

6 - Clean water and sanitation

9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

11 - Sustainable cities and communities

12 - Responsable consumption and production

13  - Climate action

15 - Life on land

17 - Partnerships for the goals

KPI-analysis states

The quality of the water is good but there are challenges concering waste water and water being spilt on the way to the consumer.