Podcast: Utilising real-time data for solving SDG’s in the water sector


To help foster dialogue around digital transformation in the water sector, we spoke to Jon Røstum, chief strategist Powel Environment, which is a part of the Volue group.

In this episode, Jon shares perspectives on critical issues facing water managers today and offers actionable insights that water stakeholders across the water cycle can benefit from and leverage for the communities and customers they serve.

Digital innovation holds the key.

As we have seen in so many other industries – including various areas of the utility sector – digital innovation creates new paradigms, transforming the economics and possibilities of industries and advancing the way we work and live.

By harnessing data and digital technology, we are able to transform the puzzle pieces (data) into understandable pictures (information and insights) using advanced analytics to create significant operational and environmental gains, helping to change the way we use our resources.

If we do this together, then we have the opportunity to help apply technology and innovative business models as key enablers to address sustainable development in the water sector – with the purpose of creating both economic and social impact in the world.

The technology to transform water is already available today. By tapping into the experiences and knowledge of innovation leaders throughout the water sector, we can advance the dialogue around digital water and impact the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Learn more about how digitalisation is transforming the water sector.


Jon Røstum, Dr., chief strategist at Powel Environment, which is a part of the Volue group. Røstum is responsible for R&D&I activities related to water and utilities such as evaluation of IOT sensors and AI/ML solutions in the urban water sector. Up to 2015 he was a senior researcher at SINTEF being involved in a wide variety of projects covering the whole urban water cycle and both technical and non-technical aspects. Røstum have experience from several EU projects on water and wastewater. Røstum is member of the Project Advisory Board of H2020 project STOP-IT which is dealing with cybersecurity. https://www.powel.com/

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