The smart grid is seen as the true backbone of a smart and energy efficient city. It allows residents and city officials to understand their energy use and make smarter decisions going forward. However in a smart city, water systems are a little-known, but equally important piece of critical infrastructure.
Water utilities are often the largest energy consumer in a city, representing as much as 50% of the city’s energy use. And a growing population is only going to increase water consumption. The term Smart Water points to a water and wastewater infrastructure that ensures water – and the energy used to transport it – are managed effectively. A Smart Water system gives a city a sound and viable strategy for long term growth.