Multiple hurricanes have pounded our country's coasts in the past few weeks. Additionally, Mexico has just experienced one of its worst earthquakes in recent years. How can you make sure your water supply is safe?

When natural catastrophes occur, it underscores the impact of interruptions in water supply. That’s why our presentation about Hitachi Water Solutions last week at Hitachi NEXT 2017 was particularly timely.

Our discussion focused on taking a smarter approach around water management. This includes balancing water availability, distribution and consumption and managing wastewater more efficiently.

The dependency on water is powerful.

The World Economic Forum 2017 identified that extreme weather events and water crisis top the list for global risk.

How will this affect industries that depend on water as a critical component of a product, use high volumes of water to run operations or provide water to organizations and citizens?

At NEXT, we shared how a global beverage company and a major water utility are managing the risks of delivering this precious resource by significantly improving their water management practices.

For example, the beverage company needed to get control over pH and phosphorous level discharge at one plant and better manage complex manufacturing processes at another.

The water utility was confronted with an aging water infrastructure and increased regulatory and compliance requirements. (In fact, 50% of the world’s largest cities experience water scarcity.)

Using cloud-based IoT analytics, predictive monitoring and redesigned processes these organizations are seeing significant improvements in regulatory compliance, customer service, wastewater management and operational performance.

While the United States Environmental Protection Agency offers some insights on a how to be prepared for natural disasters, business and communities are coming together to solve some of the world’s biggest water challenges.