Water systems + smart grid = launching a ‘win-win’?

Water systems — from multi-state giant American Water Company to Windsor, Ont. — are signing up to check out a new smart grid technology that aims to make regional power systems run more smoothly. And make water utilities some money if it works.

Smart grids — the use of digital technology with two-way communications to continuously balance the demands as well as supply of electricity within the grid — are the newest development for the water–energy nexus, says Paul Gagliardo, American Water’s manager of innovation development — a symbiotic relationship for water and power, the 20-year-veteran of water research from San Diego calls it.

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