A safe and secure water circuit is ultimately about improving the quality of people’s lives and of systems, as cities and infrastructure become ever-more complex. We believe that the Smart Places of the future require a Smart Water Circuit, and that a holistic vision is needed to plan for future development. In addition to global sector expertise, this includes using technology to increase operational efficiency of services, processes, people and things by connecting humans and systems with data.
As part of this cross-sectoral conversation, we have invited public and private sector leaders and frontrunners to share their perspectives, experiences and future forward methodologies around the opportunities facing the water sector, and their vision of what the Water Circuit of the Future could be.
Overcoming paradoxes through digital transformation
Pieter Sennema, Secretary Director at Water Authority Aa en Maas, discusses the challenges faced by the utility, and the thinking that is guiding its long-term strategy. “Our greatest challenge is to prepare the utility for the future by developing a strategy for long-term climate change. We have to overcome the paradoxes of heavy rainfall events and flooding versus a shortage of water. We are achieving this by working outside the traditional sector boundaries together with our surroundings and our partners. We are facing more risk than ever, and digital transformation is key to helping us understand and overcome these paradoxes through actionable insights from data analytics.”