It is possiblewith technology to better predict howpeople usewater andmonitor its quality. This technology currently exists. For example,manufacturing industries such as semi-conductormanufacturingmonitor water for tracemetals. The same sensors can be used in awater network pipe. Furthermore, thesemethods of sensor detection have been shown towork. Companies such as Suez have implemented smartwatermeters to track users'water consumption in some locations in France, providing themwith a better understanding of howthe users consumewater, andmore importantly,when. IDTechEx research predicts that in thewater pipe network alone, the industry of sensorswill growto over $3.5Bn by 2030 (Source: "Sensors in the Water andWastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030”). This area is a growing industry, and it is at the forefront of the Smart Cities and IoT technology areas.

What are the benefits of sensors in pipes?

Data brings understanding and understanding brings bettermanagement of a system. Collecting data on the flowinwater pipes allows companies to quickly identify regions where there is an increase in demand, and as a result, lower pressure in the pipes. Utility companies can correlate their usage datawith current events. They can then answer questions such as: On average, howmuch

water is used per day in a heatwave?Who uses themostwater?What times of the day is the network strained?

Which sensors can be inwater network pipes?

There aremany different properties and measurements recorded in awater supply or a wastewater network, including the following:

▶ PressureMeasurements (static, stagnation, head)

▶ Flowlevels (depth, pressure, velocity) ▶ Flowmeters (velocity) ▶ Acoustic emission (leakage) ▶ Temperaturemeasurements

▶ Chemicalmeasurements (Ph, tracemetals e.t.c)

IDTechEx research has covered and analysed all these different types ofmeasurement sensors in the report, “Sensors in theWater andWastewater Treatment Industries 2020- 2030”.

Whenwill it happen?

The need is, therefore, creating a smartwater network, but itwill only happenwith investment. IDTechEx Research predicts there will be a change in regulation in 5-10 years. This changewill push for smarter sensor-based networks.Moreover, the benefits of these systemswill pay off any investment, providing amore efficient, safe, andmonitored network.

As an emerging technology, digitizing and

adding sensors to thewater andwastewater networksmay have both benefits and hindrances. Hindrance, as companiesmay not wish to spend large sums on newsensors, pipes, or technology, and the barriers for entry into thewater andwastewater networks are already high.

The benefit of adopting sensors into the networks outweigh these barriers. There is a real need for remotemonitoring.Monitoring removes the need formaintenance staff to check pipes as regularly or to collect samples for labmonitoring. It speeds up the identification of pollution events and reduces fines incurred by thewater companies. It improves the efficiency of the treatment plants. It provides a better service for customers. A steep investment, but the dividends pay off formany years to come.

Whatwill I learn fromthe report "Sensors in theWater andWastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030"?

This report includesmarket forecasts, player profiles, investments, and comprehensive company lists. This report is an essential read for those looking for a deep understanding of the use of sensors in thewater andwastewater industries.

For a complete overviewof this industry, please refer to the IDTechEx report, "Sensors in theWater andWastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030”. This report fallswithin the Smart Cities portfolio.

Evides Industriewater celebrates another strong year

Accolades include – to name but a few- successfully resecuring 100%of contracts, and the successful launch of a UK basewhich is already in discussionswith several of the UK’s largest industrial sites.

Evidesworks in those industrieswhere vast amounts ofwater are used in the production process andwhere innovative approaches to wastewater treatment andwater reuse are an essential part of the production cycle. This includes industries such as Pharmaceutical, Steel and Petrochemical togetherwith the


Food and Beverage and Energy sectors including carbon capture and storage.

Earlier this year the business announced the successful completion of a projectwith one of theworld’s largestmanufacturer of chemical products: The Botlek CentralWastewater Treatment Plant (CAB) in Rotterdamprocesses industrialwater for the 85-hectare Huntsman site – one of the largest in theworld - and which processes thewastewater not only for the chemicalmanufacturer but also for a large number of other companies operating in the

| February 2021 | area.

In addition to this, the business signed a new long-termagreementwith BASFwhich has since seen Evides Industriewater build a new demiwater installation at the chemical firm’s site in Antwerp. Thiswas also coupledwith the company recently, renewing a 20-year contractwith DowBeneluxwhichwill see 100%water reuse fromits plant in Terneuzen in the Netherlands andwhich is set to be one of themost innovative and sustainablewater systems in theworld.

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