More than a year ago, Smart Water Magazine was launched with the aim of becoming the leading source of information for professionals in the water industry. In these 16 months, the project has consolidated with excellent results in terms of the traffic received, subscriptions to our newsletters, the growth of profiles on social networks and, above all, the quality of the content generated.
After successfully completing this first launch phase, it is time to move on to the second stage. At this time, the influence gained and the close relationships woven with the most important actors in the world scene allow us to face with confidence the publication of a monthly magazine that completes our information products.
Structured into six core themes: Business, Water Treatment, Digital, Utilities, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals, Smart Water Magazine Monthly (SWMM) is born with the aim of analysing in detail the most relevant events that shape the future of water. And, could it be otherwise? This first number is marked by the response to COVID-19. Service managers have been forced to adapt in record time to an event that has tested the resilience of their systems. Protecting the health of workers, guaranteeing water security and articulating formulas to help the most vulnerable have been shared priorities in most countries affected by the pandemic. It can be said that this first test is being passed with flying colours, allowing hundreds of millions of people to continue enjoying clean and safe water.
Nevertheless, this has only just begun. The path to the "new normal" is going to be a long one and our industry is going to change. By reading SWMM you will be able to discover important indications of the road map for the future. The importance of concepts such as health, research, digitization, efficiency or cybersecurity are going to escalate to a new dimension. What we still do not know is what will be the economic and fiscal policy that governments will implement to recover growth and employment after the enormous damage suffered. Expansive strategies that promote public investment are demanded from different areas, which could greatly favour water and sanitation projects. But the shadow of an unprecedented increase in public debt and its possible consequences make it necessary to be cautious concerning these types of solutions to the crisis. In any case, having the best information will be key to finding opportunities and making good decisions in this new and changing situation. We will be here to provide it to you. Welcome.