Water Services Corporation - Malta, a smart-water centric global utility leader, has joined SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, to further showcase their acceleration of smart water technologies as part of impressive water management efforts.
An island nation of roughly 500,000 people, Malta needed to innovate to address fresh water scarcity, climate change and additional infrastructure network challenges in the past. Established in 1992, government-run WSC has long been a pioneer in the adoption of digital solutions to help address many of these critical challenges, including their noteworthy water leakage strategy powered by smart meters.
According to CEO Ivan Falzon in an interview conducted by EME Outlook Magazine, “The commodities of the next generation will be data and water, because both will be key to the survivability of nations and communities.” In such unprecedented times, this couldn’t be more relevant as utilities of all sizes are taking a more evidence and data-based approach to provide value to their customers in the form of reliable water supply and quality as well as proactive customer service.
Commenting on their relationship with SWAN and smart metering activity, Luke Pace, Revenue Assurance Manager at WSC Malta, remarked: “Having first presented the smart metering project by WSC at the SWAN Conference in London in 2016, this was followed up by various discussions with various SWAN Members in the following years. As of today, in Malta, WSC has installed smart meters recording hourly data at over 93% of its billed customers, and looks forward to empowering its users in utilising the available data for their own benefit. “
Inġ. Pace will also be leading and facilitating a new, SWAN “Smart Metering Community of Practice” to be launched in January 2021. This exciting initiative will convene diverse, global utility and industry thought leaders in the form of cross-regional dialogue and knowledge-sharing to further drive smart metering campaigns based on defined challenges, requirements and future plans.
Commenting on this exciting membership news, Amir Cahn, SWAN’s Executive Director said: “We have been following WSC Malta’s impressive efforts in the smart water sector for the past five years and are thrilled to officially welcome them to our fast-growing global network. We’re especially excited about Luke leading the new, SWAN Smart Metering initiative and are looking forward to the important discussions which will leverage collective industry expertise.