With more than 20,000 people attending the 89th annual Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) this past week, it was one of the largest turnouts in the history of the event.
WEFTEC is THE opportunity for companies, organizations and universities to show off their latest and greatest advances in technology. People from across the globe flock to the event looking for new products that will be more cost effective, easier to use and help improve water quality across the world.
This year there was much talk about data, analytics and water reuse. Many industries are starting to look at data and information as a must have for improving the quality of products as well as the quality of output of water. With more and more information available to our communities about consumption and quality of water, the demand for these new technologies are bound to increase in the very near future.
Non- Profit, Smart Water Networks Forum(SWAN), was present this year at WEFTEC to promote the need for smarter technologies in our global water network. The SWAN initiative was founded to improve efficiency in water distribution systems by using sensors and software to provide better data and analytics in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector. One of the key objectives of SWAN is reducing water loss in underground infrastructure. As the global water scarcity crisis continues this will be an important topic that continues on in years to come.
Implementing smart water networks is a holistic approach to understanding what’s going on with an entire water system not just one component. Many challenges facing water utilities, include leak detection and management, as well as regulation compliance. Utilities can improve performance by integrating systems in a way that show exactly where specific problem areas are. Once the information has been gathered utilities will then be able to accurately set goals, plan for capital upgrades and in turn provide higher quality service.
There was also much discussion at WEFTEC about decentralized wastewater treatment and the aging infrastructure that the US is currently dealing with. With advances in technology and monitoring, decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse is allowing remote communities access to conserve groundwater and provide quality effluent for reuse.
One factor that is new to the conversation of decentralized wastewater treatment is the notion of control and management over the effluent produced. At one time the only solution was to release back into the environment but newer technologies are allowing for communities to reuse and recycle the water for use back into the communities.
Water reuse was once considered gross or not acceptable but these days more and more communities, especially in severe drought areas, consider water reuse as a core component to their community’s survival.
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