What are the current main challenges and barriers for the water sector in NWE?
There is still a lack of aligned vision across the water sector, both across the sector and across regions. This makes it difficult for a joined-up, collaborative approach to water sector challenges. It also means that companies who are bringing innovations to the water sector have to ‘prove’ their innovations with each water company which requires multiple tests in different circumstances. This takes time and money for the companies. An aligned vision and closer collaboration between water companies could lead to one ‘proof’ of the innovation for multiple companies through one collaborative test rather than requiring a company test with every water company.
The water sector remains risk averse in general meaning it remains difficult to break into the market and it can take a long time for technologies to become commercial. There is a need for a cultural shift in the water sector to encourage uptake of new technologies/ways of working. Providing access to testing facilities to allow testing of new technologies in a real setting can help to address concerns water companies have about taking on new technologies.