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SWAN Forum launches 2nd cohort of Utility Advisory Group to shape next phase of Smart Water Agenda

  • SWAN Forum launches 2nd cohort of Utility Advisory Group to shape next phase of Smart Water Agenda
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  • The SWAN Utility Advisory Group will collaborate to review global SWAN activities, help steer future research, and guide strategic planning.

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Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN)
The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is the leading global hub for advancing the use of “smart,” data-driven solutions in water and wastewater networks worldwide.


The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is pleased to announce the second cohort of its Utility Advisory Group (UAG) featuring five, global SWAN utility experts from Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Chile. UAG Members will work together to address concrete utility challenges, explore regional trends, and identify research needs. Selected based on their extensive industry knowledge and utility leadership experience, this cohort will also collaborate to support global SWAN activities and help guide strategic planning.

The SWAN Utility Advisory Group Members include:

  • Javier Fernández Delgado, Deputy Director - Canal De Isabel II (Spain)
  • Joone Lopez, General Manager - Moulton Niguel Water District (US)
  • Dale Walker, Head of Smart/OT Programme - Welsh Water (UK)
  • Rita Narangala, Manager, Improvement Design & Delivery - Yarra Valley Water (Australia)
  • Sebastian Otero, Network Manager - Essbio (Chile)

“We're thrilled to share the announcement of this new SWAN UAG within the global water community. After ten years of dedication to the smart water sector, we are looking forward to tapping into their vast utility experience to further promote smart water and wastewater activity in this coming decade," stated SWAN Executive Director, Amir Cahn.

Commenting on the significance of joining the group, Rita Narangala of Yarra Valley Water remarked: “I’m grateful to be invited onto the SWAN UAG – I see the important role SWAN is playing to foster collaboration. Through strategic partnerships, we can better harness technology to deliver the services our customers expect.”

Sebastian Otero of Essbio added: “I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this global group of utility leaders. I look forward to representing South American utilities and sharing our experiences and challenges to help accelerate the smart water and wastewater sectors.”

The SWAN UAG was instrumental in determining the agenda for the SWAN 10th Annual Conference to be held 12-13 May 2020 in Glasgow.  The event will feature over 30 global utility speakers to discuss the theme, “Moving Beyond Data to Value Creation.”

Learn more about the SWAN UAG here: https://www.swan-forum.com/utility-advisory-group/

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