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New Technologies Transforming Water Management
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 14, 2019
With the exponential growth in the world’s population water resources is becoming more scarce, and adequate water management is in dire need. Water scarcity is making it exceedingly challenging to supply clean water resources to people and provide utilities to residences. In response to these daunting challenges, technologies are innovating the way water resources can be utilized, monitored and received. The water sector is only in the early stages of understanding the possibilities brought by smart technologies, and those alone will not solve the challenges.
Knowing where the water is going and for what it is being used can help regulate the water use. There are innovative technologies that specialize in gathering water usage data from pipelines, meters, and water quantities. A better data collection and analysis means that agencies responsible for managing water usage can get a complete picture of where they should focus on their water-saving efforts, as well as what were the real impacts of previous efforts.
The new environmental platform of firms like Microsoft is disrupting current data analysis and management practices by using data on the cloud-based platform with machine learning algorithms that provides a holistic understanding of water resources. Artificial Intelligence technology capabilities can forecast events, offer precision irrigation, identify water leakages, and most significantly provide solutions that can be built into existing infrastructures. Some firms have been working on starting using drones to monitor fields and water supply. These drones can also help farmers realize where run-off is happening, where water is being wasted and for irrigation mapping.
Advancements like smart water meters can give information on how much water a user is using down to fifteen-minute increments, which mean both the customer and the water provider have more insights into how they should go about reducing water usage.
Technologies can support and inform decision-makers from businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations only if the solutions are designed with the engagement and commitment of various stakeholders from other sectors.