Water transportation requires an enormous amount of electricity, which only increases as water sources diminish throughout regions plagued with drought.

The electric power transmission and distribution system (the grid) is a critical and extraordinarily complex part of our nation’s infrastructure. Reliable electricity service is essential to health, welfare, communication, and commerce. Because of its scale and complexity, the grid also poses many challenges in maintaining reliable operation.

New “smart grid” and “smart meter” technology, however, is abetting water to bathtubs and lawn hoses while also saving millions of gallons and thousands in electricity costs in the process.

From the tiny island of Malta to homes in America, the concept of using a “smart grid” to help govern electricity transmission and water distribution is emerging. With costs of electricity and water rising to new heights, keeping prices down while increasing efficiency is spurring technology updates around the world.

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