The Smart Water Network (SWAN) is the collection of data-driven components helping to operate the data-less physical layer of pipes, pumps, reservoirs and valves. Water utilities are gradually deploying more data-enabled components. It’s up to us to make the most out of them, by turning the discrete elements into a cohesive ‘overlay network’.
Collecting and using comprehensive data about water network operations offers the promise of better operations through better knowledge and tighter control of the network’s extensive and complex assets. The water industry is not traditionally a fast-moving early adopter of such solutions, but it is rapidly adjusting to this new necessity.