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5 June 2024

Making every drop count: leveraging AI for water consumption management

For countries and organizations alike, sustainability is no longer a question of if, but of how — as industries and governments can no longer postpone the critical task of integrating sustainability into their core operations and long-term strategies.

While sustainability encompasses a myriad of elements, the pressing need and tangible consequences of insufficient water management underscore its pivotal role in achieving lasting environmental and social balance.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the current state of the water crisis and explore how AI is playing a crucial role in addressing these challenges.

Water Consumption at the Forefront of Sustainability Efforts

As populations grow and industries expand, the demand for water increases exponentially, while the supply remains finite and increasingly unpredictable due to climate change. 

The imbalance between water demand and supply is leading to a spectrum of issues, ranging from severe shortages to devastating floods. 

Such extremes not only strain our ecosystems but also contribute to conflicts, economic challenges, and social unrest — often leading to disputes over access and rights, and infrastructure damage and displacement.

Statistics show the critical need for effective water management and land restoration efforts.

  • According to UNESCO, 1.4 billion people were affected by droughts in 2002–2021, while there were US$832 billion in economic losses caused by floods in the same timeframe. 
  • According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, up to 40 per cent of the planet’s land is degraded, directly affecting half of the world’s population and threatening roughly half of global GDP (US$44 trillion). 
  • A 2022 UN climate report concludes that the number and duration of droughts has increased by 29 per cent since 2000, and that without urgent action, droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050.
  • Land restoration is a key pillar of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, which is critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Similarly, this year’s World Environment Day campaign, celebrated on June 5, highlights the importance of land restoration, combating desertification, and building drought resilience.

With the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration,” it underscores the urgency and significance of addressing these critical issues.

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Using Predictive AI for Sustainable Water Resource Management

The advent of Predictive AI marks a paradigm shift in water management.

Predictive AI capabilities facilitate the analysis and management of integrated water system data, reducing water loss and waste, optimizing operational processes, and supporting planning and field operations, including water consumption management.

At the forefront of this technology is Almawave’s solution, the Smart Water Management System (SWMS).

SWMS is a web-based software solution designed for analyzing and providing decision support in water network management. It comprehensively meets the core requirements of operators through the integration of cutting-edge digital technologies, aligning with the goals of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

By leveraging Predictive AI, SWMS empowers organizations to efficiently handle integrated water system data. This enables them to achieve enhanced water management outcomes, such as reduced waste, improved operational efficiency, and better support for planning and field operations.

This includes:

    1. Optimizing processes and investments

AI streamlines water consumption management by efficiently monitoring, analyzing, and optimizing water use, leading to better allocation of resources and reduced operational costs.

   2. Reducing losses

AI-driven systems detect leaks and anomalies in water distribution networks with precision, minimizing water loss and ensuring the integrity of infrastructure, thereby conserving valuable resources and reducing financial losses.

   3. Supporting planning and field operations

By processing vast amounts of data from various sources, AI provides real-time insights and predictive analytics, enabling more accurate water demand forecasting and efficient irrigation scheduling, supporting effective planning and field operations.

   4. Enhancement of information assets

AI enhances the value of information assets by leveraging machine learning algorithms to continuously improve accuracy through learning from past data, thereby enriching decision-making processes and increasing the effectiveness of water management strategies.

   5. Water and sewage distribution management

AI facilitates the development of smart water grids that dynamically adjust supply based on real-time demand, improving distribution efficiency, reducing waste, and ensuring equitable access to water resources.

  6. Industrial renewal and re-engineering

AI-driven solutions enable industries to optimize water usage, reduce environmental impact, and enhance sustainability through the implementation of innovative water management practices and technologies.

Learn more about Almawave’s Smart Water Management Solution here.

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Sustainability as Part of Almawave’s Fundamental Principles

While smart water management is indispensable, it cannot operate in isolation. It’s crucial to integrate it with other strategies to safeguard natural resources effectively. 

One such strategy involves gas management.

Our Smart Gas Management System, for instance, uses AI to seamlessly integrate gas network databases with work management, delivery points, customer information, and SIT-map databases.

This web-based decision support software for gas distribution operators, tailored to the new industrial revolution’s demands. Key benefits include leak identification and assessment, investment design and management support, field activity scheduling, assistance with public procurement bids (ATEM), and enhanced interactions with users, authorities, public administrations, and policymakers.

This holistic approach allows for a comprehensive integration of hydraulic models, a highly experienced development team, efficient management of large data volumes, innovative spatial data analysis tools, compatibility with popular ERP and WFM systems, and a modular, flexible design to cater to various needs and usage profiles.

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Almawave’s Sustainable Ecosystem

Almawave’s commitment to sustainability however goes beyond simply its offering. 

For us at Almawave, sustainability is not just a concept we acknowledge; it is deeply embedded in our values and guides our decision-making processes. 

We understand the crucial role that sustainable practices play in preserving our planet for future generations — meaning we are committed to sustainability, integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations into its business practices. 

The following are just some of the ways we, through innovation and responsible management, aim to minimize its environmental footprint while maximizing positive social impact:

  • By focusing on energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community engagement, Almawave strives to contribute to a more sustainable future. 
  • In 2023, Almawave’s ESG Performance achieved notable milestones across key areas of our operations. 
  • We remain dedicated to safeguarding and nurturing our workforce, valuing individuality, and upholding employee rights. 
  • Through a deliberate focus on responsible digital transition, we’ve cultivated innovative skills, solutions, and technologies to better serve our customers and contribute positively to society. 
  • Environmental stewardship remains a priority as we actively combat climate change and advocate for the efficient management of natural resources. 
  • Our commitment to ethical and transparent corporate governance ensures alignment with the highest regulatory standards, fostering shared value creation. 
  • We’re proud to report significant accomplishments, including the attainment of all strategic sustainability goals, substantial investments of €6.5 million in R&D, and the acquisition of three new certifications, notably in healthcare and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Our introduction of new sustainable products such as Smart Water Management System, Smart Gas Management System, Green Information System, and ESG Assessment & Insights underscores our dedication to advancing sustainability practices within our industry.

 

Our sustainability offering doesn’t stop here. 

Discover all the solutions we offer to make the world a better place, starting today. 

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