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Education, barrier removal, regulations, & standards are some of the policy options to help promote adoption of digital water solutions
As water utilities begin to explore digital solutions as a conduit to water and energy sustainability, GE Water & Process Technologies released a white paper titled, “The Future of Water Management: A Menu for Policymakers in the Digital Industrial Era.” The paper showcases how digital water solutions are proving their potential to transform the way utilities manage water treatment, distribution and usage and provides guidance for governments looking to accelerate the adoption of these solutions.
Authored by Jon Freedman, leader of global partnerships and policy for GE Water & Process Technologies, and by Geoffrey Dietz, a R. Michael Gadbaw Global Law & Policy Fellow supporting GE’s Global Governmental Affairs and Policy team, the white paper presents the major types of policies that promote adoption of digital water solutions. These policies include education and outreach; barrier removal; incentives; and regulations and standards—offering a menu of policy options to help governments address their water resource and infrastructure needs through digital solutions. The paper also highlights examples of how various cities and countries around the world are beginning to adopt digital water solutions and technologies.
“With many utilities embracing the Industrial Internet to address acute water infrastructure challenges, this paper provides a valuable starting point for governments to evaluate the appropriate mix of policies that will best fit their respective needs,” Freedman said. “The white paper shows that a broad range of policies promoting the use of digital water solutions are being effectively implemented worldwide.”
Key takeaways from the paper include: