News | December 19, 2018

SWAN Appoints Three New Council Members To Further Leverage Strategic Thought Leadership In The Smart Water Sector

The SWAN Council Members will collaborate to review and support SWAN activities and to help steer future research and strategic planning

The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is pleased to announce the addition of three, visionary smart water leaders to its Executive Council:

  • Nav Otal, Director of Bellevue Utilities - City of Bellevue, Washington (USA)
  • Rik Thijssen, Business Development Manager - Vitens (Netherlands)
  • Scott Branum, Senior Digital Solutions Manager, Remote Monitoring & IoT Solutions - Evoqua Water Technologies (USA)

Selected based on their diverse industry knowledge and vast experience, the appointed senior representatives will assist to maintain SWAN as the leading global hub for the smart water and wastewater sectors.

Commenting on the significance of joining the Council, Rik Thijssen of Vitens stated: “SWAN's success is directly related to the active role from utilities all around the world. By offering utilities a platform to meet and discuss the huge opportunity of operating smart grid, technology providers and the industry will benefit as a whole.”

Scott Branum of Evoqua Water Technologies added: “I have only observed true innovation when the industry has been able to coalesce around a platform, standard, or fundamental technology. This is why I believe in SWAN and its vision and am thrilled to join the organization’s current outstanding leadership.”

Nav Otal of Bellevue Utilities emphasized: “I’m excited to be part of SWAN - the leading, global smart water hub - which provides the platform for utility industry professionals and technology providers to come together to establish and benefit from standards and best practices that will propel the water industry to IoT as a standard for our industry.”

The topic of collaborative engagement will be explored at the next global SWAN Annual Conference in Miami, May 15-16, 2019. This event will focus on “Navigating the Utility Smart Water Journey,” bringing together diverse industry leaders to discuss a variety of cutting-edge, smart water topics.

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About SWAN
The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is the leading global hub for the smart water sector, accelerating the awareness and adoption of data-driven technologies in water and wastewater networks worldwide. A non-profit organization, SWAN brings together key players in the water sector to collaborate and share knowledge while offering access to cutting-edge research, global networking opportunities, and the ability to proactively influence the future of the water industry. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN)