SWAN Research

Below, is all SWAN-commissioned research and webinars. SWAN members receive full access to all SWAN research, as well as top analyst groups. If you are a SWAN member, click HERE to access the SWAN Member Zone. If you do not remember the password, simply email: info@swan-forum.com 

SWAN Reports

NEW Report: The Value of Smart Water During Crisis

In late 2020, the SWAN Americas Alliance surveyed 50 diverse water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities across 14 countries, about the value of smart water during crisis, both now and in the future.

View the Executive Summary translated in Spanish and Portuguese.

Click below to view a summary of the report findings (available only to SWAN Members), as well as interactive dashboard of the survey data (available to anyone)

SWAN White Paper: Applying Data-as-a-Service to the Wastewater Sector

A major concern with real-time monitoring networks is the accuracy and reliability of data. One potential change agent is the “Data-as-a-Service” (DaaS) model, an outsourced approach to data collection, delivery, and verification. This White Paper provides a basic overview of DaaS and how it relates to the wastewater sector, to be followed by a global utility survey and in-depth report (for SWAN Members only).  

Download the White Paper HERE

Smart Water eBook

Gain free access to the new, 60-page Smart Water Report eBook ($499 value), inspired by SWAN’s 9th Annual Conference. A joint effort by SWAN and Water Online, the report features many of the top insights shared at the conference to help demonstrate the benefits of digitalisation, as well as the pitfalls to watch out for, as you progress along your own smart water journey.
The report is now available for free. Click HERE to download.

SWAN White Paper: Exploring the Social Layer of the Smart Water Journey

Published in 2018, this report features best practices and strategic insights from four global utilities (USA, Australia, UK, and Portugal). Each utility was questioned about the role of people, processes, and policy in their company; collaboration with different stakeholders; ROI of smart water projects; financing smart water projects; and customer engagement.

Click HERE to view the abstract.

Click HERE to view the White Paper (available only to SWAN members).

Survey Results from WRF Big Data & Urban Sewershed Management Study

In 2017, SWAN conducted three research surveys on behalf of WRF & Jacobs to determine the current challenges, capabilities, and state of (1) Sensor networks in urban sewersheds (sewer collection systems) and (2) Big Data solutions in water distribution networks. 

Click HERE to view the final survey results (available only to SWAN members). 

SWAN Report: Data-Driven Solutions to U.S. Wastewater Challenges

With aging infrastructure and unpredictable weather, U.S. cities are increasingly experiencing sewage overflows, which pose a severe threat to human health and the local environment. This 2016 report demonstrates how four U.S. cities were able to prevent such spills by adopting data technologies.

Click HERE to download the report (available only to SWAN members). 

SWAN White Paper: Communication in Smart Water Networks

Many different communication protocols are currently used which do not allow interoperable communication. A seamless and interoperable communication and operation is needed to foster the deployment and acceptance of smart water applications, which in turn requires generally accepted communication protocols.

Click HERE to download the White Paper.

Benchmarking Quality of Service: An International Comparison of Water Regulators

Improving customer service is a key business driver for water utilities. However, what differentiates high quality service from poor quality service and how are utilities measured by their performance? This white paper examines how five, international water regulators in Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, UK, and U.S. uniquely benchmark and incentivise their operators to improve their quality of service.

Click HERE to view the abstract.

Click HERE to download the report (available only for SWAN Members).

SWAN Interactive Architecture Tool

A product of cross-industry collaboration, the SWAN Interactive Architecture Tool captures the many-to-many relationships inherent in a smart water architecture. Users may identify data-driven solutions to their specific network challenges and business drivers and navigate through interactive architectural diagrams to understand how different technologies interconnect.

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Tool users may click on individual technology components to learn about their function, benefits and system requirements, as well as view informative case studies, solution benefit analyses, and the “Solution Providers” page.

Click HERE to view User Testimonials.
Click HERE to go to the Tool Homepage.

SWAN Global Utility Survey

In 2014, SWAN conducted a Global Utility Survey of 33 utilities in 15 countries to obtain a snapshot of water utility networks, including their challenges, opportunities and areas of focus. The diversity of utility respondents – by geography, number of connections, network length, and level of technology adoption – provides a great lens through which to view current utility thinking and practices related to Smart Water Networks.

Click HERE to download the report (available only for SWAN members). 

SWAN Research: The Value of Online Network Monitoring
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Supported by the Smart Water Networks Forum, Hydrospin and TaKaDu have conducted a joint research to examine the perceived and proven value of frequent online water monitoring. Based on a survey conducted among water utilities worldwide, the research outlines the current state of monitoring in different water utilities and the common perception of real-time online water monitoring.

The research highlights the value components of water monitoring and key benefits of online monitoring, including water and energy savings, increased network visibility, prevention of damage and early detection of network issues. Looking into the future, the survey results indicate a high likelihood of real-time online water monitoring becoming increasingly popular, en route to being an integral element of water networks.

Click HERE to download the report (available only for SWAN members). 

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