There’s huge potential to reap the true benefits of advances in digital water future, no matter what stage of the journey you are on. Here’s what some of the leading figures in the industry think when it comes to some key topics around analytics, water quality and cybersecurity.
“To manage the complex scenario of smart water, we need to change the game on how we manage our infrastructure to simultaneously maximize capacity, extend asset life, optimize capital investments, and have greater predictability in performance and maintenance. The technology is available, and it is up to all of us to drive the revolution and realize the true benefits of digital water.”
Cindy Wallis-Lage | President, Black & Veatch's Water Business
About This Video
The video was captured during a high-level discussion on how to realize the true benefits of a digital water future at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2018 Water Leaders Summit. Co-organized and chaired by Black & Veatch, the room was packed with the world’s top water leaders from the government, industry and the international organizations. The findings of the SIWW 2018 Water Leaders Summit are captured in the SIWW Blue Paper outcome document.
The event panel featured the following experts from the Water industry:
Patrick Decker - President, Xylem Inc
"Data needs to address three things before I will put the next dollar into some new whiz-bang technology. First of all, it has to be sustainable. It can’t be changing. Two, it’s got to be secure and reliable. Third, it has to reduce my operating cost or my CapEx budget now."
Sue Murphy - CEO, Water Corp. of Western Australia
"A digital utility is about being connected, adaptive, and resilient. I think changing the mindset to value connectivity and understanding that data is there for everyone is where we’re going to make the real change."
Seongh Hun KIm - VP & Chief Researcher, K Water
"Through the K-water smart phone application, the consumer can check the state of water quality in their home. In addition, sensoring has resulted in leak detection reduction of 1,500 cubic meter per day and the revenue rate improved about 30 percent."
Cindy Wallis-Lage - President, Black & Veatch Water
"People are the foundational piece. We have to be part of the solution. We have to drive the dialogue by sharing our stories to move forward in a way that we see the best fit for our utilities and see tremendous success."
David Henderson - Founder, XPV Water Partners Inc.
"Digital will eliminate the guess work. It's going to lower operating costs. It's going to reduce the infrastructure CapEx. It's going to enhance people's jobs. And I think we’re going to be able to more quickly deploy technology and innovation into the water systems."
Peter Herweck - EVP, Schneider Electric
"At the end of the day, it’s not about the technology. I think it is about having a clear strategy and make sure that your people follow that journey. I think one can be successful in increasing the return on the assets deployed and also improve the operational efficiencies."
Joke Cuperusm - CEO, PWN
"I think a good leader in this age with a lot of innovations and developments at all kinds of aspects needs to innovate frequently and have also the antennae high to look for the good information for your utility and also for the customers."