Technology trends and their implications for water utilities

Posted February 2006

By Edward G. Means III, Joseph Bernosky, and Roger Patrick

Technology will transform the water utility workplace—from how utilities manage and use information to how they treat and monitor water. Understanding the nature of these changes and the appropriate use of technology can reduce costs, allow for better and quicker decision-making, and enable better management of increasingly complex information databases.

This article, in the January 2006 edition of the AWWA Journal, characterizes the key technology trends in a rapidly changing water utility world, and describes the implications of these trends and potential strategies to address them. Utilities can use this information to ensure they are adequately considering and addressing the technology trends affecting the provision of water service.

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