Technology will be critical to ensure water supply in emerging countries around the world in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Chema Nebot, Head of Business Development at Idrica and one of the leading experts in water cycle management technology in Europe, in order to strengthen the access of the most vulnerable societies to water resources it is urgent to implement Smart Water technologies in the emerging markets. This way, processes optimization and automation boost resilience and efficiency in the water industry.
Access to water is critical, and it will soon be one of the leading indicators for social unrest in the developing world. Experts claim that one of the main consequences of the coronavirus pandemic may be social conflict – including the potential for violence in water-insecure cities.
“The world of tomorrow will rely on good management of water resources across the world. The success of that effort depends largely on the state of maturity of each community. That is why we are working in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America to help local water operators improve their technological capacity,” explained Mr. Nebot.
To strengthen utility management capabilities in the most affected countries, Idrica has signed contracts in Mexico and Qatar that will allow it to continue to promote its GoAigua technology and vision in the Latin American and Middle Eastern markets.
More than 20 cities with a combined population of almost 10 million people have already implemented GoAigua to monitor and optimize the management of water resources by means of solutions such as digital twin, automation or early warning system, including a COVID-19 one. This technology has been key to detecting outbreaks of coronavirus in the sanitation systems of many cities around the world.
Digital transformation and water security
Headquartered in Valencia – and with operations in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America – Idrica aims to become a leading company in the digital transformation for the water sector, providing services and the GoAigua technology solution for managing the entire water cycle.
During the pandemic, the company pushed the Idrica Water Security Series, which are several digital meetings sponsored by Idrica to bring together the world’s leading experts on water security.