Water and its distribution
Water - a crucial, global issue
The global water deficit that’s coming is not a hypothesis, but a state of affairs. By 2030, it will be at 40%, and this deficit will not just affect areas that are historically water-poor, it will have an impact on the entire planet.
There are many causes: population concentration, global warming, agricultural and industrial increases in need for water. In this context, the deterioration of distribution infrastructures and subsequential water loss is becoming a critical issue.
Maintaining and renewing a drinkable water distribution network is expensive and complex. However, not doing it (or doing it half-way) has dangerous consequences : currently on a global level, distribution networks lose between 20 and 40% of the water they transport, and this yield is getting worse, as pipeline renewal frequency is insufficient.
A lack of tools and information
In the defense of the operators who run these infrastructures, they are working with a severe lack of efficient management tools. One of the main causes of management difficulties is the lack of reliable information on localisation and equipment condition. The lack of data creates an increase in renewal and maintenance costs, leading to a downward spiral in infrastructure performance, forcing operators to react and invest more and more in stopping the network deterioration, rather than in proactive renewal.