The forum for sharing the best ideas in utility management. Working to an agenda set by members of the Leading Utilities of the World initiative it welcomes thought leaders from across the water industry.

Meeting Information

Date & Time (PDT)
8th September 2021, 08:00 - 09:30

Digital Agility: Smart Water for Climate Resilience

Part of the Digital Agility meeting series

Climate change is increasingly straining water infrastructure in the US, with historic droughts amplifying water scarcity on the one hand and extreme storms causing urban flooding on the other. The desire to address these challenges is a key focus of the Biden administration, which has earmarked funding and advanced policies designed to improve climate resilience.

For the water industry, there is now a unique window of opportunity to implement advanced solutions that will improve the performance of water and wastewater infrastructure and provide long-lasting resilience. Digital technologies that can track, monitor and analyse water data in network infrastructure have proven to be a vital tool in maximising water supply and effectively managing stormwater volumes.

This online networking meeting will feature projects undertaken by utilities who are aiming to increase the efficiency and resilience of their water systems in the face of extreme weather events using digital technologies. Projects will include examples of:

  • Asset condition assessment and the monitoring of network infrastructure
  • Data-driven approaches for watershed management and modelling
  • Reducing non-revenue water and leakage
  • Stormwater and combined sewer overflow modelling, prediction and management



8:00 - 8:05 AM

Introductions and Platform Familiarisation

8:05 - 8:30 AM

Opening Discussion; are digital technologies the solution to tackling climate change in US water utilities?

8:30 - 8:50 AM

Roundtable Round 1

8:50 - 9:10 AM

Roundtable Round 2

9:10 - 9:30 AM

Roundtable Round 3

The preliminary discussion will set the scene for this networking meeting, as some of our speakers take to the stage to explain how extreme weather events have affected them. This is your opportunity to sit back and hear directly from the utility leaders who are implementing digital technologies and tackling climate change with holistic solutions.

Then, speakers will lead roundtables of 6-8 in tightly focused discussions on the lessons learnt from real-world projects:

  1. Choose a topic and join the table
  2. Meet the host and table guests
  3. Participate in an intimate, face-to-face exchange of ideas
  4. After three table rotations, you’ll leave the session with a new set of contacts and a better understanding of utilities needs and priorities.


Alice Young
Head of Communities

Main Strand

Utility Performance

Meeting Recording

Strand Partner

Meeting format




Key Meeting Participants

  • Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD)
  • DC Water 
  • US EPA
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission



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