Water & Wastewater Asia Jul/Aug 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA July / August 2018 40 / INSIGHT Smart technology: The powerful solution Singapore is one of the most water- stressed cities in the world and, as such, addressing NRW is a top priority for water managers. The country’s water companies are best-in-class in the international marketplace and have already achieved notable deployments of smart technology with well- documented benefits. As smart water solutions are a relatively new phenomenon, work to quantify the full impact of these new solutions – in terms of both capital investment and ongoing operating expense – is ongoing. Several studies involving qualitative research with global water utilities and economic analysis indicate that annual savings of $12.5 billion to $15 billion could be realised through reductions in capital and operational expenditure. McKinsey analysis also indicates that, through adopting smart technology, cities could cut emissions by 10 to 15 per cent, lower water consumption by 20 to 30 per cent, and reduce the volume of solid waste per capita by 10 to 20 per cent. Unlocking the benefits of smart technology is vital to helping water and wastewater managers build resilience and better meet the needs of their growing customer base. Although the cost of smart water remains a barrier in some regions, equipment cost is decreasing. In turn, this is spurring investment and further economiesof scale in the form of consortia across municipalities that generate consolidated orders and encourage smart metering. Approximately 260 smart water projects globally were announced in 2017, some in response to water scarcity situations, others driven by the need for operational efficiencies. The recent launch of the Smart Water Networks Forum Asia- Pacific Alliance – to advance the use of smart, data-driven water and wastewater solutions – is an important step in advancing best practices and the adoption of smart technology. Smart technologies andadvanced data analytics will enable water managers across Asia to take the leap into a more efficient, sustainable and secure water future. We will continue to focus on developing cutting-edge technologies across our businesses — from launching the world’s first intelligent wastewater pumping system to building our smart water platform, and far beyond. And, in doing so, we will continue to help our customers to increase the efficiency of their operations and deliver even greater value to their communities. While the challenges are complex, t he oppo r t un i t y f o r pos i t i ve transformation is immense. Let’s embrace this exciting opportunity together. WWA Cities across Asia suffer with chronic water losses and Singapore is one of the most water stressed cities in the world. The launch of the Smart Water Networks Forum Asia-Pacific Alliance aims to advance the use of smart water to increase resilience and mitigate unnecessary water losses. Photo credit: Lily Banse

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