Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Water Industry?

Artificial Intelligence is no more an alien term; it is the latest buzzword in the field of technology that has been redefining diverse industries. AI makes it possible for a computer, computer-controlled robot or a software to think in the same manner as humans do.

AI has found its place in water industry as well. AI is deemed as the future of water industry that has the potential to play a crucial role in making the existing water infrastructure more robust, profitable, and safer.

There are numerous ways in which artificial intelligence can help in the treatment of water. If a chemical tanks needs refilling, the operator will be notified via an SMS message and in the case of inventories requiring replenishment, a procurement personnel will receive forecasts. Managers and administrators will be informed about previous day’s operations and costs through an automatic mail. One can access live data about information such as net water production, energy consumption and profits, about any of their operating plants.

Anticipating different features of water infrastructure involves complex calculations, that is not within the reach of humans. Computers can be of great help when it comes to functions that include performing integrations, derivatives, parametric model fittings and multivariate statistics.

There are many misconceptions about AI’s implementation in water industry. The foremost concern is that operators may not have any control over the systems, hence if there are any mistakes, the possibility of rectifying the same will be less. But this is not true, the job of AI is to bring the unique features of a computer to the hands of talented workers.

Informed decisions in a timely manner and enhanced efficiency of the treatment equipment are some of the many positive outcomes of AI. It acts as an effective tool in managing water resources in an ever-changing environment and will fundamentally change the way water utilities function.