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Why You Need To Invest In Water Infrastructure

May 02, 2018 1:02 AM ETPHO, CGW, FIW, PIO, WTRX, EBLU3 Comments
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  • Overarching message from The Global Water Summit: water investment is needed now.
  • Two areas of investment opportunities where water can meet money.
  • Two-thirds of conference-goers believe digitalization of the water industry is transformational.
  • The future for re-used water as a source of supply is bright.

“Water meets Money” was the subtitle to the recent The Global Water Summit held in Paris. It is the leading water industry conference, where water business leaders, industrial water users, utility managers, water technology providers and investors came together to discuss, create and share ideas that could shape the future for the world’s most essential commodity.

One message was clear throughout the conference: water investment is needed now.

Excitement was evidenced by attendance increasing approximately 10% from the prior year, with one speaker noting that the sector is near an inflection point of investment as the global water crisis is unfolding today as seen in Cape Town and will continue to worsen without action taken now.

Two areas of investment stood out as what we believe to be the best opportunities where water can meet money today:

• The first is the digitalization of the water industry

• The second is the adoption of water reuse

Let’s start with the digitalization of the water industry. A technological revolution is occurring in the water sector that is driving increased use of data. Data capture and analytics are enabling the industry to make more informed and optimized decisions. The impact of digital solutions is substantial, particularly for capital constrained water utilities that currently lose billions of gallons of water around the globe every day. At Tortoise, we believe that by implementing a smart water network, the leading digital solution in the industry, water utilities could benefit as smart water networks improve operational efficiencies and maximize supply through a reduction in water loss.

Let’s zero in on a few key benefits of smart water networks that were highlighted by the conference speakers. These benefits include a 75% reduction in water loss as smart meters identify leaks in real time; 80-90% reduction in capital cost for a project

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