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Second IWA Digital Water Summit in November 23 in Bilbao

Inside of a water treatment plant

The IWA Digital Water Summit centres around the digitalisation for the global water sector. Building on its first edition in 2022, the IWA Digital Water Summit returns to BilbaoSpain on 14-16 November 2023. The event brings together industry experts, technology companies, utilities, and researchers in digital water to address current and future challenges in the water sector.

The Digital Water Summit is built on IWA’s Digital Water Programme which will be a gateway for water utilities to access knowledge on the application of digital approaches to improve capacity and performance.

SafeCREW shares many of the objectives of IWA’s Digital Water Programme

while focusing on safe and secure drinking water. Water utilities will have to provide these essential services under huge challenges, e.g. induced by climate change and ageing and overly stressed infrastructure. Efficient and optimal processes will build on informed decisions supported by digitalization. Rising water temperatures and extreme weather events may lead to higher concentrations of natural organic matter (NOM) and an enhanced need for disinfection during the water treatment processes and in the distribution network. The interaction of disinfectants with NOM and with the materials of the pipes, including relining of ageing infrastructure, will need well planned monitoring and early warning systems. The increased integration of novel digital solutions into e.g, sensors may facilitate risk management and adaptive monitoring schemes. SafeCREW is researching on such digital solutions.    

About IWA – The International Water Association

IWA is the largest international network of water professionals working towards a water wise world, with members who are situated in 140 countries worldwide. The International Water Association is a platform in which both innovators and adopters of new technologies and approaches can generate creative friction. They work across a range of areas that contribute to the progression of water management worldwide. Ideas for solutions to water challenges will be fomented and rigorously debated among the IWA’s institutions and membership.

Several of SafeCREW’s researchers also are active members of the IWA, e.g. as the Vice Chair of the IWA Young Water Professionals Chapter in Italy. They aim at promoting the uptake of SafeCREW’s results by the water industry.

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