CEE Assistant Professor, Branko Kerkez, is featured in the latest edition of The Bridge, the flagship quarterly publication of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Kerkez’s article, Building Smarter Water Systems, covers how new technologies make it possible to use existing water systems much more effectively.
Smart technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape adaptation to some of the greatest water challenges, such as floods and droughts. Software-updatable water systems are well within reach, promising to enable highly cost-effective water infrastructure that dynamically redesigns itself in response to changing needs and uncertain inputs.
Autonomous water systems are well within reach, driven by pioneering efforts in a growing number of US communities and utilities. Early implementation of these systems indicates that, before resorting to costly new construction, it may already be possible to use existing infrastructure much more effectively.