Water utilities face incredible pressures, such as demographic changes, industrialization, rising energy costs, and climate change-related challenges. These must be met amidst complex business conditions, including aging infrastructure, budget constraints, rate pressures, and ever-changing regulations. On top of it all, consumers are demanding greater transparency into both utility operations and their own consumption habits.
Thankfully, the knowledge and technologies exist to allow water utilities to unlock their hidden potential and rise to meet these challenges. To do this, water utilities must strive to become resilient, transparent, efficient, and sustainable.
A variety of technologies are needed to get utilities there, including sensors, analytics, and agile communications systems. However, just deploying these technologies is not enough. Measurement tools must be intelligent, communication must be reliable, and data must be actionable. This article will explain what this means and how it can help utilities perform at their best.