The job of water utility professionals is evolving. Gone are the days when operators and field crews spend their days only repairing broken water mains, pumps or driving out to read meters. Now part of the job involves monitoring digital systems and analyzing the data that comes with it. This creates a new challenge for the sector as a whole, and operators must be prepared to manage the vast amounts of data that are gathered from sensors monitoring everything from water quality to pipe bursts. Altogether, it’s a lot of data spread across many different silos – both for water and wastewater utilities.
In this special report from Water Finance & Management and data management solutions provider OSIsoft, now part of AVEVA, we bring you some perspective on how the U.S. water utility sector has evolved – and continues to evolve – in its use and management of data.