SWAN Forum

SWAN Forum

SWAN - The Smart Water Networks Forum - is a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. The SWAN forum welcomes technology and solution vendors, consultants, researchers, utilities and wholesalers, network operators, and any other valuable contributors to the future of water networks.

Company details

13 John St. Stratford-Upon-Avo , Warrwickshire , CV 37 6UB United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Publishing company
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The Smart Water Network

The Smart Water Network is the collection of data-driven components helping to operate the data-less physical layer of pipes, pumps, reservoirs and valves.
Water utilities are gradually deploying more data-enabled components. It's up to us to make the most out of them, by turning the discrete elements into a cohesive 'overlay network'.

Collecting and using comprehensive data about water network operations offers the promise of better operations through better knowledge and tighter control of the network’s extensive and complex assets. The water industry is not traditionally a fast-moving early adopter of such solutions, but it is rapidly adjusting to this new necessity.
Data technologies for water networks span water sources and production, transmission and distribution, consumer end-points and internal piping.

Smart Water Networks are layered, as any data ecosystem is, starting from sensors, remote control, and enterprise data sources, through data collection and communications, data management and display, and up to data fusion and analysis. The latter covers many categories, from decision support, automation to analytic solutions.

Smart Water Network solutions improve the efficiency, longevity, and reliability of the underlying physical water network by better measuring, collecting, analyzing, and acting upon a wide range of network events.
This can take shape in different phases of the utility process, such as real-time monitoring and automation, operational readiness, or network planning.

The availability of cheap, easy-to-use data technologies, as well as external pressures on the water industry, means that water networks will see much greater sensor and controller density, and inevitably a more central role for all the data systems built on top of them.

The Smart Water Networks concept should have a significant contribution in the efforts towards sustainable, efficient, affordable and pure water for all.

SWAN - The Smart Water Networks Forum - is a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.

SWAN brings industry leaders together to create and accelerate awareness and effective use of smart data systems for water networks.

The SWAN forum encourages targeted discussion to:

  • Raise awareness for smart water networks
  • Create and report upon the methodologies, standard performance indicators, and industry best practices
  • Develop new approaches and solutions to improve network operations
  • Share members’ experience, case studies and research
  • Promote interoperability, synergy and common measurements

The SWAN forum welcomes technology and solution vendors, consultants, researchers, utilities and wholesalers, network operators, and any other valuable contributors to the future of water networks.

The SWAN Forum will drive the global development and adoption of Smart Water Network technology as a central paradigm for efficient and sustainable water networks worldwide.

Connect and represent a global network of water professionals engaged with Smart Water Network approaches, in order to promote the development and adoption of data-driven systems for better water network management and operation.

Smart Water Networks are leveraging data and information technology for an improved, streamlined and more efficient operation.

With the increased instrumentation and telemetry of water networks, especially of distribution systems, a new layer of smart data applications has become possible.

Smart Water Network solutions improve the efficiency, longevity, and reliability of the underlying physical water network by better measuring, collecting, analyzing, and acting upon a wide range of events.