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Digitalization, a process of no return for the global water sector

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Águeda García de Durango
Editor-in-Chief of iAgua and Smart Water Magazine. Degree in Environmental Sciences.

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The last few years have been turbulent for the economy, the environment and society: after the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences of climate change have materialized in a summer that the WMO describes as the hottest on the planet since records began. In addition, other uncertainties, such as the war in Ukraine and inflation, are also having an impact on the water sector. 

Thus, in the search for answers to this global situation, digitalization is emerging as one of the fundamental tools in the process towards sustainable and resilient water management. Our Technical Editor, Cristina Novo, talks to Sabina Todd, Regional General Manager and Vice President of APAC at Envirosuite, about her vision of the role of digital technologies in addressing the challenges facing the water sector and utilities. Todd, who does part of her professional work in Australia, shares with Smart Water Magazine her experience through the ups and downs of the country's water industry, as well as discussing the current and future issues the water industry will face and the projects Envirosuite is working on in this regard.

Another of the paths that will help to find solutions in this current context is to focus on water security. Gonzalo Delacámara gives an exclusive interview to SWM Bimonthly 14 from his new position as Director of the new IE Center for Water and Climate Adaptation, a recently created organization that aspires to become a world reference in the sustainable management of water resources. Delacámara, in addition, and in the context of digital transformation as a fundamental part of change, reflects on the approach to long-term water security and climate change adaptation and mitigation from a corporate dimension, but also from political, economic, environmental and social dimensions.

Of course, we do not forget in this new issue of the magazine other aspects of the sector that, although more "traditional" in nature, are no less important: water treatment, the role of utilities and the cross-cutting power of the SDGs. You can read in detail about all of them (and many more) in the next pages.

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