WRA now sell Aquator in conjunction with Oxford Scientific Software Ltd. This software has been used to analyse the resources of two of the largest water companies in the UK: Thames and Severn-Trent.
Aquator is a powerful application for developing and running conjunctive use water resource system models. It is equally at home with simple models having just a few components as well as large, detailed, models comprising many hundreds of components. The largest river basins in the United Kingdom are modelled using Aquator.
Both the natural river system and the water supply network can be modelled. River regulation, forecasting, travel times, the ability to include catchment (hydrological) models and the differentiation of river flow at any point into its 'natural', 'cumulative abstraction' and 'release' components are some of the features available on river networks. On the supply side, water is used to meet demand using a proven algorithm that seeks to minimise cost, but preserve the state of resources.
The inclusion of Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA), the same macro language used in Excel, allows any degree of customisation that may needed. This means that Aquator can model complex systems more accurately than other packages. Oxford Scientific Software is a Microsoft® VBA partner.
Aquator itself can also be be built into other applications to provide the water resources input. For example an Excel spreadsheet macro can start Aquator, run a model and abstract the results. Aquator can also be part of a GIS solution using the same mechanism.