2018: The Year For Smart Water Trends

2017 brought is a lot of things for homeowners to celebrate, but also to be concerned with. Drinking water has been a topic of conversation in the media and in homes around the country, as water contamination issues in the United States appear to have become more commonplace. We’ve heard even more about tap water quality, myths and disadvantages of bottled water and the new technological advances to keep our water purer and safer. While this may not seem all that exciting, we’re actually on the brink of easier and better ways to filter our water and 2018 looks set to be the year for smart water trends.

Customer Engagement Online 2018 The Year For Smart Water Trends

The internet has been a massive influence on various areas of our lives, and water utilities are no different. It is becoming more common for customers to enjoy more awareness and communication for water utility level involvement. Direct two way communication from customer’s meters to utility companies through smartphone apps and web portals allows utilities to offer higher quality services. This type of engagement allows for customers to be promptly alerted to blockages, pollution issues, and possible leaks.

Smart Irrigation

Water scarcity has become a headline issue, and smart irrigation looks set to help tackle this challenging issue. Smart irrigation should allow the irrigation industry and farmers to monitor when and where the crops will need water using sensor technology.

Real Time Quality Monitoring

Real time monitoring allows for greater attention to water contamination and pollution issues. It will also allow utilities and consumers to avoid potential crises and manage potential pollutants. Real time monitoring allows for additional peace of mind, so you can feel confident that the water coming out of your tap doesn’t contain any nasty surprises.

Smart Wastewater Management

Most of us are aware of the importance of not wasting water. Even if you only have a passing interest in improving the environmental impact of your home, you’re likely to be aware that wasting water is a waste of precious resources. Data driven solutions look set to allow operators to detect inflow and infiltration, prioritize action, apply predictive modeling and quickly respond to any system failures. This will ensure that any wastewater is dealt with properly with the minimal waste of resources.


The age of automation is here, and this appears to be the future for the water industry. Whether it is drones collecting water data or wastewater systems pumping based on collected data, through a remote controlled system, there is the opportunity for more automatic and controllable technologies that improve efficiency and performance.


Smart water technology encourages collaboration, making for a brighter future. Imagine if all utilities, stakeholders, and water experts were working together to make water quality better for all of us.

If you’d like to know more about the latest drinking water systems and water filtration technology, you should speak to a fully WQA certified professional. These technicians can guide you through the latest devices and systems that meet or even exceed the industry guidelines.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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