The initial results of a survey conducted in order to identify the current and future trends regarding the implementation of water technology are now available in the form of a new interactive data visualisation tool. The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), a joint initiative between the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), developed the survey and visualisation tool with the goal of helping industries better understand the deployment of innovative technology in the sprawling water industry.
Spearheaded and coordinated by WE&RF, the survey presently counts more than 100 respondents from all corners of the globe representing the entire water industry in its ranks – desalination, drinking water, wastewater, and water reuse facilities, among others.
The visualisation tool makes use of the accumulated data to explain two key elements: The percentage of facility respondents that have, or are planning to, deploy a technology at a given point in time, and how quickly a groundbreaking, then cutting-edge technology, morphs into standard practice.
General access to the visualisation tool enables users to have a look at aggregated data and analyse it based on facility type, location, size, and technology, while members of the LIFT Utility Working Group (composed of WE&RF utility subscribers) will be given deeper access to see detailed survey results including utility-specific information geared to facilitate peer-to-peer networking.
The survey will remain open to utilities throughout the remainder of 2017, and the visualisation tool will be frequently updated so that it will continue to reflect newly gathered data. WE&RF has plans to reissue the survey within the coming two to three years to monitor and access the continued comprehension of water innovation over a period of time.
Source: Water Environment Federation, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation