On 18 November, around 200 stakeholders of the water management sector gathered in Paris and online to attend the conference “Digitalising urban waters“, to learn about the work done within (DWC) for almost four years. The conference was organised following DWC’s last General Assembly that took place on 16 and 17 November.

DWC partners at the final general assembly of the project

Nicolas Caradot, coordinator of the project, and Violeta Kuzmickaite, project advisor, started off the event highlighting that DWC not only had developed a series of digital solutions but also assessed their potential in improving city water management. They emphasised that, today, several solutions have an important upscaling potential.

After this introduction, the core part of the conference started with presentations on the lessons learnt from the five partnering cities in the project: Milan with Marco Bernardi (from Gruppo CAP), Paris with Sofia Housni (from SIAAP), Berlin with Regina Gnirss (from Berliner WasserBetriebe), Sofia with Valentina Dimova (from Sofiyska Voda), and Copenhagen with Barbara Greenhill (from BIOFOS). The collaborative side of the project was pointed out by Regina Gnirss (from BWB), who said that this enabled the partners to mutually reinforce each other.

The conference closed with transversal sessions that placed the project into broader perspectives:

Both Rebekah Eggers (from IBM, and member of the advisory board) and Francois-Marie Didier (President of SIAAP’s board) brought forward the fact that thanks to this project, valuable partnerships had been created and a strong community was built. They also mentioned that the project incorporated various stakeholder perspectives from the early stages of the solution development, both to build trust and to guarantee that the solutions were suited to needs.

Watch the video of the conference

The full recording of the conference is available below.

Follow the minutes of the programme below to watch a specific session of the conference.

00:00 – 00:15 Welcome and introduction

City sessions

00:15 – 00:45Milan: Using sensors and models to foster water reuse: Is it the future?

00:46 – 1:03 – Paris: Can digital solutions help us to swim in our urban rivers?

1:04 – 1:30 – Berlin: From drinking water wells to sewer operations: can we be more sustainable?

1:31 – 1:51 – Sofia: Can low-cost sensors enhance the management of wastewater networks?

1:52 – 2:12 – Copenhagen: Real-time control of sewer network and treatment plant: dream or reality?

Transversal sessions and perspectives

2:12 – 2:24 – Security analysis of IoT devices

2:24 – 2:39 – Policy contribution

2:39 – 3:00 – What happens next

3:00 – 3:09 Conclusion

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