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Data Science Trends and Opportunities for Smart Water Utilities

  • Stephen R. MounceEmail author
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series


We are witnessing an industry change which is transitioning to a more intelligent (or smarter) water network. In the UK a 5-year planning period and investment cycle called the Asset Management Plan (AMP) is the regulatory mechanism. This process is used to manage a water utility’s infrastructure and other assets to deliver an agreed standard of service. The challenge of AMP 6 and 7 (to 2025) and beyond is to maximise efficiency by moving from reactive to proactive management. This can be achieved by using data, information and (where possible) control of the system. The more intelligence that is captured, the more that can be learned and understood about the network and subsequently be predicted. Extra data provides new opportunities for asset maintenance and event analytics. Data science is an emerging discipline which combines analysis, programming and business knowledge and uses new and advanced techniques and technologies to work with complex data. The water sector needs to address the issue of ‘big data’ and obtaining ‘signal from the noise’. Primarily, the focus is on data to action by the application of data science.

The role of digitalisation for smart water networks is covered in this chapter, exploring issues of IoT, artificial intelligence, blockchain and other novel technologies. Reference to case studies demonstrates the type of applications which will become increasingly common place. Some recommendations based on future possibilities and opportunities are proposed.


Blockchain Data science IoT Machine learning Smart networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Structural EngineeringUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Mounce HydroSmartBeverleyUK

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