Dive into digital solutions, equipping water companies with big data, artificial intelligence & machine learning

Digital solutions, including advanced software and hardware solutions, are becoming readily available to help water companies get a clearer picture of their operations and ultimately deliver a more efficient service. Solutions including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Digital Twins and even Blockchain are being proven around the world in a variety of case studies. By using data at every opportunity, water utilities are able to improve operations at a lower cost and maximise overall benefit. It’s estimated that modern solutions can help to save 11.6 per cent of a water utility’s annual spend. To put the market size into perspective, more advanced asset management strategies are expected to help save water utilities US$41.9 billion in capital expenditure by 2027. This is in line with an expected shift towards more advanced solutions, data collection, analytics and visualisation of network conditions and operations.

Zero Mass Water: Why all the hate?

Zero Mass Water: Why all the hate?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-07-2020

Zero Mass Water attracted $50m investment from BlackRock yet continues to be a divisive technology in the water sector. Why?

Blockchain: enabling transparency for water data sharing

Blockchain: enabling transparency for water data sharing

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-07-2020

The second Aquatech Online BreakOuts brought together an all-female panel for a live and engaging discussion on blockchain applications in water.

L’Oréal to recycle 100 per cent industrial water by 2030

L’Oréal to recycle 100 per cent industrial water by 2030

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-07-2020

L’Oréal plans to recycle and reuse 100 per cent of the water used in its industrial processes by 2030.

VIDEO: Deltares nitrate monitoring app recognised for digital value

VIDEO: Deltares nitrate monitoring app recognised for digital value

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-07-2020

Dutch institute Deltares wins a European digital award for an app that can help measure and share the results of nitrate levels in surface and groundwater.

Opinion: Being a social CEO means leading from the front

Opinion: Being a social CEO means leading from the front

  • By Damian Corbet
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  • 24-06-2020

Water sector leaders should use social media to stand up and take the lead in these unprecedented times, writes Damian Corbet.

Blockchain in water: the past, the present and the future

Blockchain in water: the past, the present and the future

  • By Aquatech
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  • 23-06-2020

The second Aquatech Online BreakOuts will connect Canada to Europe and Australia to address successful applications of blockchain in the water.

Colby Manwaring: Why I bought Emagin

Colby Manwaring: Why I bought Emagin

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-06-2020

The CEO of US software giant, Innovyze, Colby Manwaring discusses the integration with the acquired AI company, Emagin and the pivot into industrial water.

Predicting the algal bloom boom: LG Sonic bolsters tech portfolio

Predicting the algal bloom boom: LG Sonic bolsters tech portfolio

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-06-2020

Dutch technology company LG Sonic has added a new addition to its technology portfolio to help detect algae blooms in water lakes and reservoirs.

Desalination’s Digital Twin makeover: Is it the future?

Desalination’s Digital Twin makeover: Is it the future?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 04-06-2020

A digital twin is being created of a major desalination plant in the Middle East with remote management to help analyse and optimise productivity in the future.

CASE STUDY: Oslo steps up its game on leakage

CASE STUDY: Oslo steps up its game on leakage

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-06-2020

As part of a five-step leak reduction program, Oslo Municipality Water and Sewage embarked on a pilot project with Xylem that identified 16 leaks in 6.4km of pipeline.

BreakOuts: Don’t give up innovating, water sector told

BreakOuts: Don’t give up innovating, water sector told

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-05-2020

BreakOuts brought together a healthy mix including water utilities, engineering companies and solution providers from 86 countries.

AI sensor heralded as "game-changer" for leak detection

AI sensor heralded as "game-changer" for leak detection

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-05-2020

United Utilities has signed a five-year agreement for an AI sensor-based tool it considers a "game-changer" in detecting leakage.

Anusha Shah: This is our last chance

Anusha Shah: This is our last chance

  • By Aquatech
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  • 25-05-2020

The director of resilient cities at Arcadis believes now is our final chance to rethink and reset every aspect of our society at all levels in the post-Covid-19 world.

AI can drive water resilience, yet “last mile” challenges remain

AI can drive water resilience, yet “last mile” challenges remain

  • By Aquatech
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  • 25-05-2020

The adoption of digital water technologies, including AI will be accelerated from the pandemic, yet challenges will continue to remain, says a new white paper.

Meriem Riadi: The digital architect shaping SUEZ’s future

Meriem Riadi: The digital architect shaping SUEZ’s future

  • By Aquatech
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  • 15-05-2020

As the chief digital officer of environmental engineering behemoth, SUEZ, Meriem Riadi is putting in place the strategy across all of its divisions, including water.

BreakOuts: New online event launched by Aquatech Online

BreakOuts: New online event launched by Aquatech Online

  • By Aquatech
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  • 14-05-2020

Aquatech Online is launching a new live event series that is set to shake up the traditional and overcrowded webinar circuit.

Can VertexOne’s buy restore SaaS faith after the Fathom fallout?

Can VertexOne’s buy restore SaaS faith after the Fathom fallout?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 13-05-2020

VertexOne completed the acquisition of WaterSmart Software to serve nearly 200 utilities and 17 million end customers. Can it help to restore faith in SaaS after the Fathom news?

Fionn Boyle: Behind the scenes of Anglian Water’s Shop Window

Fionn Boyle: Behind the scenes of Anglian Water’s Shop Window

  • By Aquatech
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  • 07-05-2020

Anglian Water’s shop window manager Fionn Boyle talks about how he made it to the senior role at a young age and what smart water means to him.

Muminu Badmus: Taking water experience back home to Lagos

Muminu Badmus: Taking water experience back home to Lagos

  • By Aquatech
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  • 09-04-2020

Muminu Badmas, the managing director of the Lagos Water Corporation, speaks about lessons learned from the US water sector and plans for reform in Nigeria.

5 signs of hope from the pandemic

5 signs of hope from the pandemic

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-04-2020

During challenging times, it is important to show that there are also signs of hope.

CASE STUDY: Real time plant monitoring at Wessex Water

CASE STUDY: Real time plant monitoring at Wessex Water

  • By Tom Williams
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  • 01-04-2020

A real-time platform monitoring solution helps improve wastewater plant performance efficiency at UK utility, Wessex Water.

Online water Footprint Assessment Tool updated

Online water Footprint Assessment Tool updated

  • By Aquatech
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  • 23-03-2020

An updated online Water Footprint Assessment Tool has been designed to help generate insights to enable efficient water management.

Opinion: In times of crisis, independent scientific advice matters

Opinion: In times of crisis, independent scientific advice matters

  • By Dragan Savic
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  • 19-03-2020

During a crisis we need to look for independent scientific advice from public, not-for-profit institutions, writes Prof Dragan Savic

Newly appointed Editha Hoogenberg to lead Aquatech Amsterdam and Mexico

Newly appointed Editha Hoogenberg to lead Aquatech Amsterdam and Mexico

  • By Aquatech
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  • 12-03-2020

Editha Hoogenberg-Derksen has joined the Aquatech team to lead the Amsterdam and Mexico events.

Anthony Sanga: “You need to change the mindset of the people”

Anthony Sanga: “You need to change the mindset of the people”

  • By Aquatech
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  • 05-03-2020

Eng Anthony Sanga from Tanzania says as well as the most advanced solutions, there is a need to change the culture and management of water in Tanzania.

Surf’s up in Edinburgh: Aussie ‘Platypus’ inspects city’s aqueduct

Surf’s up in Edinburgh: Aussie ‘Platypus’ inspects city’s aqueduct

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-03-2020

Surf’s up in Edinburgh: Aussie ‘Platypus’ inspects city’s aqueduct.

Drones for blooms: South Korean institute tracks algae

Drones for blooms: South Korean institute tracks algae

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-03-2020

South Korean Institute ETRI has combined drone and hyperspectral camera technology with the ambition to achieve the world’s best level of accuracy on algae prediction.

British ‘FIDO’ solution sniffs out leaks to attract £1.5m investment

British ‘FIDO’ solution sniffs out leaks to attract £1.5m investment

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-03-2020

British start-up FIDO has secured £1.5m investment to help scale an AI-based sensor that "goes hunting for leaks".

Digital water round-up: 4 stories you may have missed

Digital water round-up: 4 stories you may have missed

  • By Aquatech
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  • 20-02-2020

From digital machine health in pumps to investment into geospatial analytics, we bring together four recent digital and smart water stories.

Augmented reality app to raise awareness on sewer blockages

Augmented reality app to raise awareness on sewer blockages

  • By Aquatech
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  • 06-02-2020

An augmented reality app is being designed to show people the effect of “unflushables” blocking the sewer networks.

Opinion: Why leading water utilities LEAP above the rest

Opinion: Why leading water utilities LEAP above the rest

  • By Malcolm Fabiyi
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  • 24-01-2020

Improving customer engagement is not optional for water utilities.

Opinion: Five traits of the water utility of the future

Opinion: Five traits of the water utility of the future

  • By Gaëtane Suzenet
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  • 16-01-2020

Whatever happens next for water companies, true innovation will be the ‘must-have’.

Water technology trends 2020: What will 2020 hold for the water sector?

Water technology trends 2020: What will 2020 hold for the water sector?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-12-2019

Kick-starting another exciting year for the global water sector, we ask several experts what they believe will be the biggest challenges, themes and developments in 2020.

Valencia: sun, sea and Digital Twins

Valencia: sun, sea and Digital Twins

  • By Aquatech
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  • 09-12-2019

What is a ‘Digital Twin’ and why does the Spanish city of Valencia hold the secret?

Five barriers preventing a digital water utility

Five barriers preventing a digital water utility

  • By Aquatech
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  • 06-12-2019

The water sector needs to do more with less and data will play a key role, according to a new whitepaper…

VIDEO: What sets GoAigua’s IoT/Big Data platform apart

VIDEO: What sets GoAigua’s IoT/Big Data platform apart

  • By Aquatech
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  • 20-11-2019

GoAigua’s chief operating officer Miguel Ángel Ayllón discusses the Innovation Award winning end-to-end solution.

Innovation Forum: The results are in

Innovation Forum: The results are in

  • By Aquatech
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  • 18-11-2019

Interactive voting underpinned the launch of the all-new Aquatech Innovation Forum. Here we analyse the questions and results raised across the day.

The Aquatech Innovation Forum in 8 pictures

The Aquatech Innovation Forum in 8 pictures

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-11-2019

A visual journey of how the all-new Aquatech Innovation Forum disrupted the conventional conference format.

Innovation Forum launch creates a real buzz

Innovation Forum launch creates a real buzz

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-11-2019

The all-new Aquatech Innovation Forum was launched to rave reviews.

VIDEO: What is ‘Unconferencing’?

VIDEO: What is ‘Unconferencing’?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 30-10-2019

A key part of our new Innovation Forum is ‘Unconferencing’ but what does it mean?

Five cities & 18 solutions kick-start Digital Water City initiative

Five cities & 18 solutions kick-start Digital Water City initiative

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-10-2019

Berlin, Milan, Copenhagen, Paris & Sofia. Five cities to kickstart new ‘Digital Water City’ EU initiative…

Eva Martinez Diaz: It’s fate that I landed in digital

Eva Martinez Diaz: It’s fate that I landed in digital

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-10-2019

Eva Martinez Diaz believes water utilities are on the cusp of being positioned as technology as well as service providers. Here she discusses why she was always destined to land a role in the digital market.


Terri Benson: Bringing energy to the water community

Terri Benson: Bringing energy to the water community

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-10-2019

With a background in energy, Terri Benson believes every decision should centre around the community and customers. Here the managing director of Australian water utility South East Water speaks to Tom Freyberg about digitalisation, water recycling ...

Richard Vestner: Merging the virtual and physical water worlds

Richard Vestner: Merging the virtual and physical water worlds

  • By Aquatech
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  • 25-09-2019

Dr Richard Vestner believes we are still only scratching the surface of the benefits digital tools can offer water utilities across Europe.

CASE STUDY: Satellite tech detects pollution sources around Lake Maumelle

CASE STUDY: Satellite tech detects pollution sources around Lake Maumelle

  • By Aquatech
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  • 23-09-2019

US water utility Central Arkansas Water turned to satellite data to help identify pollution sources entering reservoir Lake Maumelle…

Final speakers complete Aquatech Innovation Forum line-up

Final speakers complete Aquatech Innovation Forum line-up

  • By Aquatech
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  • 12-09-2019

Over 40 speakers, including 15 water utilities have confirmed engaging speakers for the Aquatech inaugural event focusing on digitalisation.

Benjamin Tam: Capturing the AI zeitgeist

Benjamin Tam: Capturing the AI zeitgeist

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-09-2019

Ben Tam believes there are a few examples of companies that are capturing the zeitgeist of artificial intelligence (AI). Here he speaks to Tom Freyberg about the need for digital disruption.

Will Sarni: Is water facing its cyberpunk moment?

Will Sarni: Is water facing its cyberpunk moment?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 29-08-2019

Heading up Water Foundry, Will Sarni advises multinationals, investors and technology companies on water strategy. Here he speaks about the inevitability of digital innovation and seeing water scarcity as an opportunity.

Frank Obenaus: Giving wastewater a digital facelift

Frank Obenaus: Giving wastewater a digital facelift

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-08-2019

German water utility Emschergenossenschaft Lippeverband is on a mission to connect its 59 wastewater treatment plants to a centralised SCADA system, as part of a digitalisation push. We speak to Dr Frank Obenaus to find out more.

Peter Prevos: The Data Magician

Peter Prevos: The Data Magician

  • By Aquatech
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  • 29-07-2019

Aspiring Willy Wonka of water, Dr Peter Prevos from Coliban Water speaks about why he’s cautious about machine learning and how he’s bridging IT and OT.

Video interview: Reducing NRW in Lisbon

Video interview: Reducing NRW in Lisbon

  • By Aquatech
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  • 17-07-2019

Cláudio Jesus from Águas de Portugal describes how the Portuguese city of Lisbon cut its non-revenue water by more than half.

Xylem commits to 100% renewables by 2025

Xylem commits to 100% renewables by 2025

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-07-2019

As part of its 2025 Signature Goals technology giant Xylem has committed to fully using renewable energy across its major sites.

VIDEO: Inspiring international exchanges at Aquatech China

VIDEO: Inspiring international exchanges at Aquatech China

  • By Aquatech
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  • 15-07-2019

Industrial water treatment and digitalisation were key themes at this year’s Aquatech China in Shanghai.

Jaime Barba: It’s time to learn from our mistakes

Jaime Barba: It’s time to learn from our mistakes

  • By Aquatech
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  • 15-07-2019

Over 10 years ago Jaime Barba wanted to hire a water mathematician – a rare move in the water market. Today he leads a digitalisation charge as CEO of GoAigua.

Satellite leak detection moves to sewer breaks

Satellite leak detection moves to sewer breaks

  • By Aquatech
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  • 10-07-2019

After strong progress detecting leaks on potable water networks, Utilis will tweak its satellite formula to move into sewer breaks, says Jonathan Jacobi

Jesper Kjelds: Creating a digital lighthouse in Aarhus

Jesper Kjelds: Creating a digital lighthouse in Aarhus

  • By Aquatech
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  • 04-07-2019

Danish water utility Aarhus Vand has been beating the data drum for many years. Here the chief digital information officer explains why a ‘digital first’ strategy is so important.

Aquatech Innovation Forum on digitalisation races ahead

Aquatech Innovation Forum on digitalisation races ahead

  • By Aquatech
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  • 04-07-2019

A total of 30 speakers, including 15 water utilities, have confirmed to speak in the inaugural event…

5G – hype or a gamechanger for water treatment technology?

5G – hype or a gamechanger for water treatment technology?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-06-2019

5G promises to revolutionise telecommunication speed for the transfer of data, but what does it mean for the water market?

Why a ‘no-collar’ workforce will enable water’s digital transformation

Why a ‘no-collar’ workforce will enable water’s digital transformation

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-06-2019

Utility workforces are being driven to adapt and learn new skills to keep up with the digital transformation which will result in a hybrid human-and-machine environment, according to a new white paper from the IWA on digital water.

Rebekah Eggers: It’s time to get serious about AI

Rebekah Eggers: It’s time to get serious about AI

  • By Aquatech
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  • 31-05-2019

Rebekah Eggers is on a mission to ensure that man, woman and machine can evolve harmoniously together. Here, IBM’s IoT expert talks about her childhood influences, why blockchain should be taken seriously and artificial intelligence in the water util...

Video: Water digitalisation – could it be Denmark’s next export success?

Video: Water digitalisation – could it be Denmark’s next export success?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-05-2019

Boasting abundant aquifers and 120,000 lakes, Denmark is blessed with water. Yet behind the country’s 80+ suppliers and utilities, disruption is taking place, particularly on the use of data and digitalisation. We speak to a variety of water utilitie...

‘Infobesity’ and human driven resistance: two roadblocks in the digital utility journey

‘Infobesity’ and human driven resistance: two roadblocks in the digital utility journey

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-05-2019

Water utilities came together in Miami for the annual SWAN Forum to share their experience on the adoption of smart water technologies. Human driven resistance continues to be a challenge.

Opinion: Forget forecasting, it’s all about ‘nowcasting’

Opinion: Forget forecasting, it’s all about ‘nowcasting’

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-05-2019

Keith Hays was recently in London attending a conference on smart water systems. It showcased how far UK water utilities and leading firms across Europe have come in adopting digital technologies. At the same time, it also became clear how far they s...

UK utility IoT network trial brings together 9 companies

UK utility IoT network trial brings together 9 companies

  • By Aquatech
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  • 20-05-2019

Several companies in the digital water space are collaborating with water utility South East Water as part of a Narrowband Internet of Things trial.

Arcadis strengthens digital offering for global infrastructure projects

Arcadis strengthens digital offering for global infrastructure projects

  • By Aquatech
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  • 19-04-2019

As part of a move to strengthen its digital offering engineering consultancy Arcadis has taken a majority stake in UK-headquartered EAMS Group.

5 things I learned from Denmark’s water sector

5 things I learned from Denmark’s water sector

  • By Aquatech
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  • 19-04-2019

Aquatech recently continued its global tours with a four-day trip to Denmark, flying in to Billund and out from capital city Copenhagen, with several stops along the way.


Water on Twitter: 12 tweeters to follow

Water on Twitter: 12 tweeters to follow

  • By Aquatech
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  • 05-03-2019

From global academics to NYSE-listed company CEOs and a trash swallowing water wheel, here’s 12 Twitter accounts we think you should check out.

In brief: 4 water digitalisation stories

In brief: 4 water digitalisation stories

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-02-2019

From Artificial Intelligence (AI) moving north in the UK to satellite leak detection in Trinidad and Tobago, we bring together a round-up of the latest digitalisation stories.

What will 2019 hold for the global water market?

What will 2019 hold for the global water market?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 24-01-2019

Despite kickstarting with Brexit uncertainty, 2019 promises to be another exciting year for the global water market.

Machine learning helps UK water utility speed up leakage detection

Machine learning helps UK water utility speed up leakage detection

  • By Aquatech
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  • 20-12-2018

Machine learning helps Uk water utility speed up leakage detection

Five progressive digital water technologies to watch

  • By Aquatech
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  • 07-11-2018

With multiple vendors popping up in the digital water market solutions space, It’s an exciting yet sometimes overwhelming time for the water industry. Here we pick out five digital innovations which are starting to make headway internationally…

UK water utility operating network section with AI

UK water utility operating network section with AI

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-10-2018

There is no doubting that digital technologies and the increased availability of artificial intelligence (AI) have piqued both interest and scepticism among water utilities.

Suez augments digital portfolio with Optimatics buy out

Suez augments digital portfolio with Optimatics buy out

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-10-2018

Suez has completed a full integration of hydraulic network optimisation company Optimatics as part of an ambition to build out its network of digital solutions.

Hubs to hubs: Declaration unites global water tech clusters

Hubs to hubs: Declaration unites global water tech clusters

  • By Aquatech
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  • 12-10-2018

What do China, South Korea, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US have in common?

Blockchain’s potential to disrupt water supply remains divisive

Blockchain’s potential to disrupt water supply remains divisive

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-10-2018

Blockchain has the potential to help secure water transactions in the future but at the moment it’s largely over-hyped, according to utility expert Rebekah Eggers from IBM.

It’s time to drop the digital buzzwords in water

It’s time to drop the digital buzzwords in water

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-10-2018

TOKYO, Japan – Artificial intelligence. Internet of Things. Big Data. Digitisation. Gamification. The list goes on. Everyone in the industry will be aware of the growing number of terms and phrases now being used to describe the digital developments ...

Can AI softwares help monitor water treatment plants?

Can AI softwares help monitor water treatment plants?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-08-2018

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created an AI (artificial intelligence) software which is able to detect various types of cyanobacteria. If the technology would be implemented, monitoring water treatment plants could become easier and ...

Could Blockchain mitigate our global water crisis?

Could Blockchain mitigate our global water crisis?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-08-2018

Water crisis is an ongoing struggle for millions of people around the world. Although water supplies exist, the current production and distribution systems are crippled. WaterChain, an OriginClear® Company, aims to solve this issue through decent...

Data benefits for all in the water sector

Data benefits for all in the water sector

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-03-2017

Big data is a reality in some sectors, such as its use in the airline industry to optimise flight occupancy. This gives a clue as to the scale of the potential in the water business. ‘Think about the benefits that other sectors have already tak...

Signs of optimism for a smarter future

Signs of optimism for a smarter future

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-02-2016

There are grounds for growing optimism around the opportunities for smart, data-driven technologies in the water sector, given the views of Amir Cahn, Director of Research and Business Development with SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum.