SWAN Newsletter – Summer 2018
We have had a busy few months at SWAN, highlighted by the SWAN 2018 Annual Conference in Barcelona, which was our most successful event yet, featuring over 230 attendees from 26 countries and 21 global utility speakers. Check out our Conference recap, global SWAN Alliance updates, member interviews and news, as well as upcoming partner events. On July 11th, we will be holding a Smart Water Forum at Singapore Intl. Water Week (more info below) – I hope to see you there!
– Amir Cahn, SWAN Executive Director
Welcome New Members!
Join the SWAN Council!
The SWAN Forum is looking for qualified water and wastewater professionals to join our Board of Directors. This role will include periodic calls, partner engagement and assistance with strategic planning. The position term will be 3 years. Application deadline is July 20th. Lean more about the position via the link below.
SWAN Conference Recap
This year’s Annual SWAN Conference was a great success with over 230 attendees from around the world The event featured inspiring keynotes, engaging panels, and interactive roundtable discussions covering a wide variety of topics. Attendees enjoyed ample networking opportunities and beautiful Barcelona. Read the Conference recap HERE.
SWAN Alliances News
Launch of SWAN India Alliance
We are excited to announce the launch of the new SWAN India Alliance with the goal of accelerating smart water and wastewater development in India through SWAN’s collective, industry expertise and collaborative partnerships. The Alliance will be free to join the first year for all regional water actors.
Save the Date: SWAN NA Alliance Webinar on Smart CSO Solutions
Join the Smart North American Alliance for a free, interactive webinar on August 7th at 2 pm EST featuring utility experts from the City of Southbend (IN), City of Elgin (IL), and Columbia County Water Works (GA). Learn how these utilities are transforming their critical wastewater infrastructure challenges into growth opportunities – register below.
View Recording: 1st SWAN Asia-Pacific Webinar
On May 16, 2018, the SWAN APAC Alliance held its first webinar featuring three, innovative utilities deploying smart water solutions (Unitywater, PUB, and Watercare), as well as an overview of current APAC Alliance activities – Watch the video by clicking on the image on the left.
SWAN Member Spotlight
Mike Lunn, Utilities Director – City of Grand Rapids, MI (US)
In a reboot of the SWAN interview series, we spoke with Mike Lunn, Utilities Director at the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, which was one of the first SWAN US utility members. Mike remarked, “Joining SWAN is an opportunity to expand our reach, share our knowledge, and stay on the forefront of the future of the water industry.”
Q: How do you see the state of new data technologies in the North American water industry?
New technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things) allow us to manage water systems more efficiently, something that is very important as a municipal utility, in a city determined to give our residents not only the best quality of life, but also balance our investments with affordability and return on that investment. Integrating data from multiple platforms and sharing information openly is expected from our community. Just as with other government development, keeping regulations moving along with the growth of technology can be a challenge and will need focus going forward…View full interview HERE.
Tim Robertson, CEO – Save Water Save Money (UK)
We recently met Save Water Save Money (SWSM) at the SWAN 2018 Conference and enjoyed discussing their innovations within the realm of water efficiency. This month, we are pleased to officially welcome them as one of SWAN’s newest members. With years of experience in the water industry and a holistic approach to encouraging water savings across water companies, businesses and consumers, SWSM is playing an instrumental role in realising a sustainable water future.
Q. We all read about Cape Town this year and Los Angeles the year before – what do you see as the greatest need to invest in water efficiency?
For me the greatest opportunity to further water efficiency is for Water Companies to invest in providing customers with personalised water use targets, reinforced through direct online (and low cost) communication. This will enable water efficiency to be addressed on a relevant one-to-one basis, avoiding the need to publish broad-based heard-it-all-before messaging such as: ‘Take a shorter shower’ which I don’t believe resonates with many people. View full interview HERE.
SWAN Member News
Unitywater in collaboration with wastewater management solution provider, Kando has begun to trial smart sensors placed in sewer manholes to detect changes in sewage quality and provide early warning to events, such as odour.
Welsh Water has begun a project SUEZ Aquadvanced Energy, a real-time optimisation system for pumping, production and storage optimisation that operates systems more efficiently and increases service resilience.
Finland’s Jyväskylä Energy Group, central Finland’s largest city’s water utility will work with TaKaDu to increase the visibility of its water network. This will give field teams early notice of developing events they need to fix before venturing out.
Upcoming Partner Events and Opportunities
Attend the Smart Water Forum on Wed., 11 July, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm co-led by SWAN and PUB! The Forum will share first-hand insights and experiences of leveraging the potential of data and IT to enhance the provision of water services. Meet water utilities & smart technology enablers in data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IOT) & autonomous systems. View the agenda HERE.
Interested in meeting the SWAN Executive Director? Email Amir to schedule a meeting: email@example.com
Participate in the half-day SWAN Workshop on Oct. 17th. In collaboration with IWA WaterIDEAS, SWAN will be bring together key industry leaders in a workshop to discuss innovative solutions and case study experiences in adopting Smart Water Networks on an international level. For more details on how to participate, please contact Shirley Ben Dak at firstname.lastname@example.org
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