Digital Water White Papers Series

IWA is actively engaging across the international water sector to support adoption of a smarter approach to water management, highlighting the advantages of digitalisation. Tapping into the expertise of our global members, the IWA can function as a catalyst for water and wastewater utilities during their journey towards the uptake of digital technologies.

To support this journey, the IWA Digital Water Programme has initiated a series of White Papers to help utilities, water professionals and all those interested in water management and stewardship issues to better understand the opportunities of digital technologies.

Industry leaders chart the transformation journey

This paper examines how digitalisation is transforming the water sector through the experiences of water and wastewater utilities. The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the current state of digital in the water sector, the value potential for digital solutions, and the lessons learned from those on the digital journey. By creating a comprehensive body of knowledge from 40 utilities at various stages in their digital water journey, the paper can serve as a critical tool for water decision makers and for all those interested in advancing global water security and sustainability. This report is produced in collaboration between the International Water Association and Xylem Inc.

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Artificial Intelligence Solutions for the Water Sector

This white paper focuses on presenting Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions for the water sector. The aim is to introduce readers to tangible solutions (rather than technologies) that were developed to address specific challenges in real-life water systems. We hope that by using applied examples, the topic of AI and its applications in the water industry will be made clearer to a wider group of interested readers. The examples shown here were selected to demonstrate that AI-based solutions can address real challenges and provide tangible benefits to the water sector.

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The importance of knowing what we do not know

This white paper aims to raise awareness of the many sources of uncertainty in digital decision making and describes how digital water approaches and tools can help us to stay in control and make decisions with (at least some) confidence.

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Improving Public Health Through Smart Sanitation and Digital Water 

The paper highlights the leadership of International Water Association from its digital water programme, and the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC)  from its smart sanitation economy work, as well as reflections from a variety of innovative businesses around the world who are addressing water and sanitation in a new way. The aim is to provide insights on innovation opportunities around essential services and public health, accelerating the adoption of digital technologies, and reinforcing the value of remote monitoring.

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