As part of the Uponor North America commitment to developing smart water solutions, the company has participated in the 2017 Minnesota Water Technology Summit, hosted by Greater MSP. The event, which was held at the Target Field Metropolitan Club in downtown Minneapolis, addressed key topics in water technology including water reuse, global water opportunities, and smart water technology.
Leadership at Uponor North America sat on the planning committee and helped develop the agenda for the meeting. Uponor North America President, Bill Gray, was joined by representatives from 3M and Toro to speak on a panel addressing intelligent business methodologies to modernize innovation in water. The smart water panel addressed how businesses are adapting to the increasing pace of the water industry by exploring ways to create business agility through investing, strategic partnerships and ecosystem alignment.
The smart water panel focused on several key ideas:
- Water is a key issue for the 21st century. There isn’t any more easily accessible water to be found, but populations keep growing. The only solution is to innovate.
- We need to gain a better understanding of what we use water for and quantify that usage. When we measure, we can improve what we measure.
- We need to shift from preventative to curative solutions. We need to think about problems and what technology can be used to solve them.