RSK launches Water Data Exchange for utilities, policymakers and academia at SIWW

RSK Group has launched the Water Data Exchange — a global digital platform for water utilities to share water demand and consumption insights to achieving water efficiency against the backdrop of climate change — at Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2024.

RSK water data exchange project lead and head of digital water Thomas Allen said that utilities are lacking robust and consistent information on global water patterns needed to influence policy and infrastructure development.

“The good news is that water utilities by nature are collaborative, and the growth of smart metering is creating a volume of data with significant operational and social value,” Allen added. “This offers opportunities for shared learning on water consumption, and a data exchange has the potential to offer not only raw data but also insights on water consumption patterns and water loss.”

In addition to informing the work of utilities and quality of life, Thomas said the data — which RSK intended to be freely available to water utilities sharing their own data — would be useful in informing academic research and regulator policy making.

Thomas added that, by sharing aggregated smart metering data, the Water Data Exchange would give utilities greater visibility outside of their supply areas and facilitate a standardised approach to per capita consumption around the world. Providing immediate access to real-time, updated information and reports for analysing water consumption data, the platform facilitates insights into water usage patterns and trends, and enables decision-making for water management and policy formulation.

RSK CEO Alan Ryder said funding for the project was linked to the group’s commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. He added that working together to harness collective knowledge can make a difference, especially with shifting climate and weather patterns across countries and continents.

“Countries which have access to greater resources can participate in the data exchange to ensure that developing nations, who often bear the brunt of the most devastating climate change impacts, have access to crucial information,” Ryder said. “This can inform and support infrastructure development.”

RSK has been collaborating with global utilities ahead of the project launch at SIWW. The group operates across 40 countries with a presence in the water sector among its more than 200 environmental, engineering and technical services businesses.

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