Digitalization, sustainability vital to tackle water scarcity
The world increasingly needs clean and accessible water as we are faced with the impact of urbanization, population growth, and global warming events.
There are also several opportunities for the utility sector to enhance its resilience, efficiency, and sustainability, with digitalization being one obvious solution.
Water assets equipped with advanced digital technologies can provide uninterrupted, safe, and cost-effective water supply services by optimizing operational performance and addressing critical issues in the water sector, such as aging infrastructure, high operating costs, compliance costs, process control, asset quality, and service and plant efficiency.
Hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company TAQA, the World Utilities Congress 2022 will launch to discuss digital transformation and sustainability in the fields of water desalination and wastewater management, as well as its role in making a quantum leap in the sector’s ability to address global water scarcity.
More than 10,000 utility professionals from around the world are expected to attend the World Utilities Conference which will take place from May 9-11 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
Several initiatives, such as the UAE’s Water Security Strategy 2036, which aims to reduce water demand by 21 percent and increase the reuse of treated water by 95 percent by 2036, and the KSA’s Qatrah initiative, which aims to cut daily per-capita water consumption by nearly half, from 263 liters in 2019 to 150 liters by 2030, are expected to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions over the next 10 years.