Challenges including population growth, increasing urbanisation, a decline in traditional sources of water and water scarcity driven by climate change means the United Nations estimates that some 3.6 billion people currently live in areas that are vulnerable to water scarcity.
Almost 2 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2025. In order to overcome these challenges, the water sector must adopt new technologies and ways of working, many of which may be seen as disruptive when compared to traditional methods of water supply and wastewater treatment. Around the world, several disruptive technologies that could have widespread positive impacts in the water industry have been identified, including digital technologies, water reuse, resource recovery, and energy self-sufficiency. Digital technologies and ‘digital water’
According to the UK Water Partnership: “Digital thinking will impact every aspect of water, from management of sources, treatment technology and efficiency, consumption and customer engagement, through to reuse, collection, and recovery of economically and environmentally important resources.”
As the ‘smart’ water market has...
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