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Today’s water industry operates complex treatment, collection, and distribution systems to protect public and ecological health. With the advent of the Internet of Things, these systems are increasingly instrumented to monitor key process indicators, thereby facilitating operation of the system. The water industry, however, recognizes that the growing store of big data collected across these new “intelligent” water systems may deliver value in unforeseen ways as utilities work to address complex issues such as stormwater management, flooding, eutrophication and algae blooms, aging infrastructure, CSOs, SSOs, process optimization and asset management.

The LIFT program, a joint effort of The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is holding its first-ever Intelligent Water Challenge to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and thereby foster the adoption of smart water technologies. The Challenge is also supported by American Water Works Association (AWWA), Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), and the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) Water and Wastewater Division. The intent of the Challenge is to give students, professionals and technology aficionados the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation, with a focus on leveraging data using the best available tools to help utilities better understand the dynamics of complex systems and make better decisions.

The Challenge, which will run from March 26th to September 30, 2018, will make general problem statements and example datasets available to participants, and will also provide a series of informational webinars to introduce participants to the datasets and underlying systems. Possible problem categories are:

  • Collection Systems
  • Wastewater Treatment Systems
  • Drinking Water Treatment Systems
  • Source Water/Watershed
  • Distribution Networks

Teams with exceptional and innovative solutions will be invited to present their results in person at WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans, LA for final judging.

If you have any questions, please contact Ting Lu at lut@cleanwaterservices.org.

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