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JUL 2017

Water Innovations gives Water and Wastewater Engineers and end-users a venue to find project solutions and source valuable product information. We aim to educate the engineering and operations community on important issues and trends.

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By Kevin Westerling with Will Maize I t may be time to shed the quotes around the term "smart water." When it was the water industry's pipedream, so to speak, the buzzword-y connotation was appropriate. But smart water technology is now fully functional and greatly effective, at least where implemented, with a trajectory that is both ascending and inevitable. Or, as market intelligence firm Bluefield Research contends, smart water is here to stay. The prediction for profound impact comes from the many benefits, mostly geared toward improved efficiency, enabled by smart water technology. And while the transition to a proven, more-efficient water management system makes common sense, it is still far from commonplace among utilities. Smart water is here to stay, perhaps, but it nevertheless has a long way to go. So, in these still-nascent stages of a new era, you may have a number of questions about smart water technology basics, capabilities, operation, and obstacles. The following Q&A — a conversation with Will Maize, Bluefield's senior analyst covering smart water applications and emerging technologies — provides some answers. 14 wateronline.com n Water Innovations A smart-water expert details the impact of data and analytics on the water sector. Smart Water Questions Answered

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