Water & Wastewater Asia Nov/Dec 2018

Water & Wastewater Asia • November / December 2018 20 | GRUNDFOS SPECIAL Building a sustainable water industry model with digitalisation By Marianne Kjeldgaard Knudsen, Vice President Water Utility, Grundfos W ater scarcity is one of the most pressing challenges faced by the world today. As more nations in Asia urbanise and populations increase, water demand in the region is forecasted to increase by 55 per cent by 2060. Securing a robust and sustainable supply of water for the future is a priority on almost every nation’s agenda today. Earlier this year, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board allocated S$30 million to industry technology providers and researchers “to develop innovative water solutions that can improve the efficiency of water treatment and keep our water supply sustainable”. However, is investment alone enough? Growing demand for scarce water resources, compounded by issues such as an ageing water infrastructure and climate change, necessitate a full revamp of the traditional structure of the water industry altogether. Possible solutions lie in digitalisation. Few driving forces today but digitalisation can help us to accelerate change by leaps and bounds at the massive rate and scale we need. Digitalisation opens the door to a new world of opportunities that can help build not only sustainable solutions but a sustainable industry model to outpace the escalating challenges. REVOLUTIONISING THE WAY WATER IS SOLD, DISTRIBUTED AND CONSUMED Due to the growing need for water security fuelled by the threat of scarcity, water efficiency has become a top priority globally. It is this need for efficiency that makes digitalisation the way forward. Digitalisation enables optimisation of resources in Marianne Kjeldgaard Knudsen, Vice President Water Utility, Grundfos