Today water utilities are evolving to meet the demands of a highly dynamic and competitive market. Global warming is altering climate and giving rise to extreme weather conditions causing severe stress on urban water supplies.
Its impending now to digitally manage ecosystems and monitor resource extraction, industrial use, and consumption. In response, water utilities continue to navigate the unsteady path to transformation.
Globally, utilities are the beneficiaries of advances in digital transformation technology. Investing in technologies such as IoT enablement of water pipeline/assets, digital meters, Predictive analytics, AI/ML, Video and thermal imagery from drones, chatbots and blockchain can resolve many of the problems faced by water utilities. The key is to identify and priorities issues and develop scenarios to overcome them.
Digitization – Water Value Chain
Monitoring water reserves and conserving treated water in whatever form remains a critical issue. Digital technologies play a major role in enabling water utility market reduce manual inspections and get real-time view of entire upstream and downstream operations. Below is a depiction which highlights digital advancements that can enhance the water value chain and help conserve this critical natural resource