Water utilities are facing aging infrastructures, sustainability challenges and customer demand for better service. Water resources continue to come under unprecedented pressure from growing populations and increased contamination — potentially putting businesses from farming to semiconductor manufacturing at the risk of having to pay more for what is now a virtually free commodity. Managing those increasingly scarce – and valuable – resources could represent a $20 billion information technology business opportunity.
This EBC Smart Water Grid Program will look at how information and technology can be used to improve water management. Gathering and processing information on the status of delivery will allow water agencies to better manage their operations. Upgrading the water utility infrastructure is analogous to the many smart-grid technologies now being tested to make the electric grid run more efficiently and use more renewable energy. It has been estimated that creating an information technology-based smart water grid system could help the U.S. save between 30% and 50% of the water used each year.
Smart Water Grid and Implications for the Water Industry
Water Innovation Alliance
The Value and Future of Smart Water Technology
Lux Research Boston
New Technology and Innovative Management Ideas
IBM Is Making the Water Grid Smart
Michael E. Sullivan
IBM Big Green Innovations