How much water are your customers going to use? If you know the answer to that question, you can do a dozen other things smartly — from staffing, to managing pump networks, to maintenance. It even allows you to track and discover leaks. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — the sophisticated computer techniques used everywhere from medicine to managing the internet — can transform the way water utilities are managed. Tom Woolley, business development director for water AI firm Aquasuite, explains how that simple, astonishingly accurate prediction — how much water will your customers will use tomorrow at 2 pm — changes everything else.
About TOM WOOLLEY
Tom Woolley is the business development director of Aquasuite, a firm which is part of Royal HaskoningDHV, where he has been since 2018. Woolley has spent 15 years working with smart water and intelligent control in the water world. Before that, he spent four years doing international development work. He is trained as a mechanical engineer.
ABout CHARLES FISHMAN
Over the last five years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring voices on water issues in the US. He is the author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life & Turbulent Future of Water,” which is the bestselling book about water in the last generation. Fishman has been helping to host the Water Leaders Summit, for The Water Council, since 2016. He has spoken about water at MIT, the United Nations, the headquarters of Hershey chocolate and Unilever, at the US State Department and at the Hague. He has spent his career as a reporter, editor and author. He started as a staff writer for The Washington Post, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, and Fast Company magazine, his professional home for the last 20 years.
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