Technology Survey Visualization
The Technology Survey is issued by LIFT to the whole of the water sector (wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, desalination, and water reuse facilities) to identify trends around the deployment of innovative technologies at utilities. The 2019 survey is now live, and we want to hear from you about your technology updates in order to get your insight into the future of water innovation! If this is your first time completing the survey, you will be featured in the Visualization Tool (below). The survey will be open through January 31, 2020.
In 2017, over 100 respondents completed the survey, representing many of the largest water and wastewater utilities in North America and abroad. The visualization tool allows users to look at the aggregated (non-facility specific) data and analyze this data based upon facility type, size, location, and technology.
By logging in to this website, members of the Utility Working Group (i.e., WRF utility subscribers), can drill deeper and see full survey results, including utility-specific information for the purposes of peer-to-peer networking, information sharing, and collaboration.
Using the Tool
- Select the water facility type that you are interested in: Wastewater, Stormwater, Drinking Water, Water Reuse, or Desalination.
- Select the technology category(s) of interest. Note: only for wastewater or drinking water.
- Select the specific technology(s) of interest to see. Note: there are only twelve distinct line colors.
- Select the geographic region(s) of interest. Note: by default all regions are selected, select/deselect sections of the map by clicking on them.
- Select the facility sizes of interest.
Utility Subscriber Instructions
The following functionality is available to utility-subscribers only:
- Select the facility specific filters of interest (flow, location, etc.)
- Click on the specific technology line of interest to get names/contacts of utilities with the technology’s current or projected future implementation. Note: you can also click on the specific technology title in number three.
- Select a specific utility to see the names of different technologies with their current or projected future implementation.
In looking at the data, there are two key elements of a single line to keep in mind:
- The height of a line shows the % of facility respondents that have or will have deployed a technology at a given time point (e.g., in the next 2 yrs.); and
- The slope of a line shows how quickly the technology moves from being first-of-a-kind, to leading edge, and ultimately to standard practice.
Stormwater data is intentionally different from other facility types, as survey respondents were not required to provide the time of implementation for specific technologies.
The final time point, “unspecified”, represents an indeterminate timing, it does not necessarily represent a time point after ten years. Each utility’s responses were recorded as a single entry. It is assumed that over the time period shown no technology is removed so all counts are cumulative.
At the final time point, if only 60% of respondents indicated that they will have deployed a given technology, that means the remaining 40% indicated that the technology was neither of interest nor applicable to their facility.
For the detailed analysis: if you are looking at a facility, you will see all technologies, not just those selected (i.e., the technology filters are not active). If you are looking at a technology, the facility size and geography filters are still active.
The base year for this data is 2017.
LIFT and BlueTech Research partnered on the development of a market insight report analyzing wastewater data from the 2017 LIFT Water Technology Visualization Tool. The report (PDF) is available for free to WRF subscribers.
Help Us Make this Tool Better
The visualization will be regularly updated to reflect new responses. Additionally, the survey will be reissued in a few years, and that data will be added on top of this to further track the uptake of water innovation over time.
For questions about this survey, please contact the LIFT Water Technology Collaboration Manager, Fidan Karimova.
You are free to distribute the link to this page or still images of the visualization with attribution. Please attribute to the LIFT Program and The Water Research Foundation, and link to the source material as appropriate.
Subscriber Access to the Visualization
Do you want to access the full visualization tool, but are not a subscriber of The Water Research Foundation? Learn more about becoming a subscriber.