Smart Water

Smart water is an emerging and growing market in the water and wastewater industry. It relates to the application of data analytics to water and wastewater use through localized sensors. First gathered by automated meter reading (AMR) or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), the data can then be processed with artificial intelligence or machine learning for deeper inferences on water use.

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Oct 8 2020
Manish Sharma is the industry marketing leader for energy and water for Emerson Automation Solutions. In a web-exclusive article (linked below), he…
Users are undertaking a digital transformation journey to make water systems smarter, and therefore more efficient, by applying new hardware, software, and networking technologies.
Users are undertaking a digital transformation journey to make water systems smarter, and therefore more efficient, by applying new hardware, software, and networking technologies. (Image courtesy of Emerson)
Oct 6 2020
Water treatment and distribution system operators worldwide are facing significant challenges, not only in countries with developing economies, but…
Sep 23 2020
The Mesopotamians were the first to install clay pipes for sewage collection around 4,000 BCE. Since then, mankind has relied on gravity to take…
Sep 18 2020
In this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss water sustainability…
Figure 1: Aeration basins at a water treatment plant remove compounds harmful to humans and the environment.
Figure 1: Aeration basins at a water treatment plant remove compounds harmful to humans and the environment.
Aug 27 2020
Across industries, engineering decisions are too often made based on subjective judgements. Considering how inexpensive and easy modern automation…
Bob Crossen, senior managing editor
Bob Crossen, senior managing editor
Aug 20 2020
Last month, we featured our 2020 Water & Wastes Digest Young Pros, and many of them noted the importance that technology will play for the future…
Jul 22 2020
Times of upheaval can lead to moments of radical change. COVID-19 has upended life across America, disrupting business as usual in every sector and…
Jun 30 2020
In March, WWD published “Building More Resilient Cities,” an article about smart sensors for sewer networks and their implementation in Miami-Dade…
Jun 11 2020
During times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, it pays off to have a strong crisis management and resiliency plan. When that plan requires…
Loïc Charpentier
Loïc Charpentier
Jun 11 2020
COVID-19 is a wake-up call that reminds us that we are not well prepared for cross-boundary and cross-sectoral crises. Water knows no borders, and it…
Jun 9 2020
OSIsoft Principal of Global Water Industry Gary Wong discusses how simply generating data does not make it meaningful for a utility. He explains how…
Jun 4 2020
Researchers at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and the Institute of Chemistry FEB RAS developed a smart technology for producing a sorbent…
May 27 2020
The SWAN 10th Annual Conference will now be held virtually through Zoom from 22-24 July 2020. Join us for the largest, global smart water/wastewater …
May 20 2020
Water & Wastes Digest Senior Managing Editor Bob Crossen interviews Aquatic Informatics CEO Ed Quilty about the evolution of smart water…
May 20 2020
Utility companies are at the forefront of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, with smart metering serving as a primary application. According to…
May 15 2020
Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) has been providing water and electricity to the city of Riverside, California, since 1895. As an innovative public…
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Pressure reducing valves are used throughout Park City, Utah’s system to regulate flows using pressure zones. Real-time monitoring of these zones helps address issues and problems before they become a crisis for the community or individual customers.
May 15 2020
In our ever-evolving technology landscape, the ability to adapt quickly can be a major asset. This is one reason why water utilities consider making…
May 14 2020
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss reopening…
Control rooms can centralize information in a smart system for ease of monitoring and control.
Control rooms can centralize information in a smart system for ease of monitoring and control.
May 12 2020
The water sector is notoriously slow to adopt new equipment and technologies for various reasons. Risk-avoidance, clunky procurement procedures and…
Mar 11 2020
I’ve heard plenty of lectures, attended plenty of sessions and received more story pitches than I can count regarding smart water, but most of those…
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