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Arizona Implements IoT Solutions to Tackle Drought Crisis

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Arizona Implements IoT Solutions to Tackle Drought Crisis

The Arizona Department of Water Resources has joined forces with Hitachi Vantara on an innovative project aimed at tackling the ongoing water crisis in the state. The project focuses on harnessing the power of data to address the challenges posed by water scarcity.

As part of this endeavor, data from 303,000 dispersed water resources across Arizona will be gathered, organized, and analyzed using Hitachi’s Pentaho Data Catalog. This extensive dataset will be examined alongside geolocation records and historical water depth information to monitor trends and develop precise strategies for safeguarding water sources.

Hitachi’s data catalog utilizes machine learning and automation to identify and categorize the data, offering actionable insights. Lisa Williams, Manager of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, expressed enthusiasm for Hitachi Vantara’s Data Catalog, highlighting its capacity to generate accurate and comprehensive reports pertaining to specific data elements such as wells. This centralized metadata repository enables staff and consultants to quickly comprehend and trace the lineage of the data, freeing up time for analysis and effective management of groundwater conditions.

Maggie Laird, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Hitachi Vantara, emphasized the interconnectedness of environmental stewardship and business operations, both of which rely on data playing a crucial role. Given the significant decline in natural water supplies over recent decades, having an accurate view of data empowers the state of Arizona to protect, conserve, and enhance water resources in a bold and innovative manner.

This project holds particular significance as the region continues to grapple with drought and reduced water supply from the Colorado River in recent years. It aligns with Arizona’s broader efforts to strengthen sustainability and resource management in response to the water supply challenges faced in the Southwest.

In an attempt to address the situation, California, Arizona, and Nevada recently entered into an agreement to reduce water usage for irrigation, hydropower, and drinking water purposes. The states have committed to reducing water consumption by 3 million acre-feet by 2026. The Biden administration has also expressed support for the project, with the states receiving government compensation for 2.32 million acre-feet of the proposed reduction.


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