These days nobody would head out for a major road trip without a functioning GPS or a smart phone with no cellular coverage Yet, many industries dependent upon water resources are doing exactly that regarding water use. There is no denying that freshwater resources are drying up and becoming less reliable. More important than ever before for the water industry and industries relying heavily on water to collect accurate relevant data to continue production in their respected fields. Beyond that, water industries must have systems in place to pull useful wisdom and direction out of that data.
Upgrading to Better Water Industry Data Systems
The biggest challenge currently facing the water industry is not actually a lack of data, it’s upgrading to big data systems that give decision makers the power to analyze and pull useful insight out of the data that’s already out there. Water utilities and industries that use water in North America and Europe already do collect a massive amount of data about water usage. However, to some degree, it’s still only being used to manage daily operations and not strategic future planning. The reason is that much of that data is sitting stagnant in older systems that are not up to the task of big data deliverables that could provide critical insight. Furthermore, the challenge of updating those older systems to newer systems that can churn the data effectively presents monetary and learning curve costs that can seem “daunting.”
Yet, upgrading to newer and more sophisticated systems is critical to the sustainable future of the water industry and any industry that heavily relies on water consumption. Environmental challenges are already severely impacting water resources around the world, for everyday people, industries and nations alike. Using day-to-day water data isn’t enough to meet these challenges effectively and could end up costing far more than making the effort to upgrade. Using new water industry data systems can help decision makers foresee the direction of the water industry in ways that can avert water supply crises of all kinds.
Water Industry Data Use Possibilities
Fortunately, this urgent demand in understanding water use data across industries is spawning incredible water data tools and services that industries can implement quickly for a better understanding of future directions in the industry and the water supply, as well as ways to conserve and reuse water.
Water treatment industries around the world are taking note of these new data collections along with data analytics systems and are actively educating industry leaders and decision makers about all the possibilities and the importance of water industry data analytics.
By implementing these new systems (including sensor systems that capture essential real-time data about everything from water use and water quality to equipment function and system processes) decision makers can use a wide range of data sources to find patterns and innovate solutions that can help them conserve more water and improve their facilities’ overall water outlook.