DC Water General Manager: George Hawkins on their Smart Water Initiatives
5 Points on the Water Industry:
1) Essential Product
2) The system is in abysmal state. Given a grade of D – by national engineering association
3) Consumers do not understand the scale and scope of the infrastructure “out of sight, out of mind”
4) Lack of Innovation – Generally a monopoly, no choice on where to send or receive water = disincentive to improve efficiency through tech
5) Financial catastrophy is upon us b/c replacement rate of infrastructure is only 0.5% year
DC Water is different!
They are taking actionable steps to improve – Case in Point
Smart Water Innovation Partnership with IBM:
and how predictive analytics is changing the old mode of operating on paper, and through “its all in my head” information and operating procedures:
Who else is out there innovating?
Where is the interest?
Let those comments fly!