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Vitens to Host SWAN 2012 Conference in Utrecht

Vitens, the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands, will be hosting the second annual Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) Conference, May 8-9, 2012, at the Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht. An international industry alliance for the development of intelligent water systems, the SWAN Forum will welcome over 100 global leaders of the Smart Water Networks revolution to hear about the latest in adoption and deployment of data-driven technologies in water utilities worldwide. Vitens, a long time SWAN Forum member, were selected from amongst the forum’s 70+ member community to host this prestigious annual event.

SWAN is a global industry forum promoting the adoption of smart, data-driven technologies and approaches for managing water networks. SWAN members include water utilities from around the world, technology vendors, consultants, integrators, investors and other smart-water experts. Members and other stakeholders meet several times a year to discuss the ways in which water companies can benefit from data to improve production, distribution and preservation of water.
Within the local smart water arena, several major developments are already underway. An example of this type of technological development is being implemented by Vitens in a pilot project in the Netherlands. Vitens are positioning sensors at various locations in the water mains network, whereby the water quality of Friesland households will be measured remotely and in real time. The current method in use is time-consuming and involves sampling and laboratory analyses. The Vitens’ sensors, also called ‘smart water meters,’ enable faster detection of quality fluctuation. Vitens will then use the data measured by the sensors to improve efficiency and to monitor water quality, from purification to the tap.

Wolter Odding, Vitens CFO, will deliver the opening address on the morning of May 8th on behalf of Vitens’ management. Bendert de Graaf, Project Manager at Vitens, will give a presentation on quality monitoring using Eventlab sensors currently deployed by the company in the pilot project in Friesland.

“We are proud to have been given the opportunity to host SWAN 2012 with industry leaders and colleagues from around the world,” comments Wolter Odding. “As a SWAN Forum member, we have the privilege of being part of a collaborative platform bridging across industry boundaries. This has given Vitens the ability to influence the shaping of this emerging category.”

“Vitens has shown early commitment to the adoption of smart water network technologies,” said Guy Horowitz of TaKaDu, Chairman of the SWAN Forum. “120 delegates from 16 countries are coming to the Netherlands to learn from others and to showcase their work”, noted Horowitz, and added: "Vitens are clearly a leading force in shaping the future of water networks, and having them as hosts is a true vote of confidence in the SWAN way.”

About Vitens
Vitens is the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands. We supply top-quality drinking water to 5.4 million people and companies in the provinces of Flevoland, Fryslân (Friesland), Gelderland, Utrecht and Overijssel and municipalities in the provinces of Drenthe and Noord-Holland. With 1,700 employees, 100 production plants and a mains network of 47,500 kilometres, Vitens supplies 350,000,000 m³ per year. The annual turnover is approximately €450 million. The shares in Vitens are held for 100% by local and regional governments.

About SWAN Forum
The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. SWAN brings industry leaders together to create and accelerate awareness and effective use of smart data systems for water networks. The SWAN forum welcomes technology and solution vendors, consultants, researchers, utilities and wholesalers, network operators, and any other valuable contributors to the future of water networks. For more information, visit the website at:

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