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Dealing with changing water demands

Author : Marek Lukaszczyk, WEG

03 February 2021

In July 2020, the Met Office reported that most UK water companies have seen an increase in average water consumption during lockdown, especially those operating in suburban areas.

It’s clear that COVID-19 measures around the world have resulted in societal changes that are directly impacting when and how much water people are consuming. 

So, how do water companies prepare for an unexpected surge or drop in demand? Here, Marek Lukaszczyk, European and Middle East Marketing Manager at WEG, explores three equipment upgrades that water companies can make, which will increase their agility and efficiency.

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 states that global water usage has increased by a factor of six over the past 100 years. Climate change is undoubtedly a longstanding consideration for water management, but low rainfall, high population density and intensive agricultural or industrial activity may also result in sustainability issues – without throwing a global pandemic into the mix. 

Faced with these challenges and ageing infrastructure, the European water industry is focusing on rejuvenating its existing assets, building resilient systems, and improving operational and energy efficiency. So where should a water company start in implementing system upgrades?

Read the full article in the February issue of DPA.

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