Judith Herschell Cole and Corina Carpentier were asked by the American Water Works Association to describe in a column of 1,200 words what the water industry is expected to be like in 30 years as a result of the application of sensor technologies, considering the evolution of current trends. This resulted in the article “Imagine a fit-for-purpose Water Future.” Their conclusion: In a coming world beset by ever-greater water demand, sensor technologies will allow water utilities to deliver sufficient, decentralised, tailored water supplies. The culmination of a century of technical innovations in the water industry will result in the full benefit of an integrated use of sensor technologies. With increased availability and affordability of these technologies, the water sector can extend water resources, bring effective water treatment to a more populated and demanding world, optimise water reuse, and balance water users’ competing demands.

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