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Challenges 2014, 5(1), 123-137; doi:10.3390/challe5010123

Moving Towards Sustainable and Resilient Smart Water Grids

Department of Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering, Arizona State University, Engineering G-Wing, 501 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology, 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
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Received: 5 October 2013 / Revised: 26 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 21 March 2014
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Urban water systems face sustainability and resiliency challenges including water leaks, over-use, quality issues, and response to drought and natural disasters. Information and communications technology (ICT) could help address these challenges through the development of smart water grids that network and automate monitoring and control devices. While progress is being made on technology elements, as a system, the smart water grid has received scant attention. This article aims to raise awareness of the systems-level idea of smart water grids by reviewing the technology elements and their integration into smart water systems, discussing potential sustainability and resiliency benefits, and challenges relating to the adoption of smart water grids. Water losses and inefficient use stand out as promising areas for applications of smart water grids. Potential barriers to the adoption of smart water grids include lack of funding for research and development, economic disincentives as well as institutional and political structures that favor the current system. It is our hope that future work can clarify the benefits of smart water grids and address challenges to their further development.
Keywords: water management; smart technology; ICTs; water efficiency; sustainability; resiliency; energy-water nexus water management; smart technology; ICTs; water efficiency; sustainability; resiliency; energy-water nexus
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Mutchek, M.; Williams, E. Moving Towards Sustainable and Resilient Smart Water Grids. Challenges 2014, 5, 123-137.

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