The European Federation of National Water Services (Eureau) presents 10 big challenges for the water sector in the next 10 years on its website. Every year, the American Water Works Association publishes its State of the Water Industry Report. In addition to these large representatives of the
water industry in Europe and the US, numerous other organisations describe trends and developments in water technologies and their applications. Sensileau has analysed these reports and identified seven major challenges where sensor technologies can offer insight and directions towards
solutions. These seven challenges have formed the basis of our new topic-oriented services:
1. Minimise water loss – Sensors aid in the assessment of pipe conditions and provide the data on
which prioritisation models for renewal and replacement are based.
2. Protect water resources – Sensor networks cover a wide geographical range and support
adequate water quality monitoring of surface and groundwaters.
3. Boost efficiency – Sensors provide essential data to optimise treatment systems to minimise
energy and chemicals consumption.
4. Recycle water – Sensor technologies support water reuse schemes by matching demand and
supply in both quality and quantity, thus offering options for safe, decentralised supply.
5. Combat climate change – Sensors provide early warning of significant water quality changes
during floods or droughts.
6. Treasure water – Sensor technologies, often combined with smartphone apps, can help increase
public understanding of the value of water and involve citizens in water quality monitoring
7. Attract talent – Sensor technologies and associated developments in e.g. drone technology offer
exciting possibilities for a career in the water industry, or as a developer of new applications.
Over time, new challenges may be added to this list.
Check out our Challenges pages to find out more about the solutions sensor technologies can offer.