Working Group 5G for smart water management

A new WWRF Working Group


Smart water management has become a critical challenge that must be addressed in the upcoming years. For instance, when on 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this agenda included GOAL 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Many factors like economic growth, seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are impacting the delivery of fresh water to millions of people. Moreover, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. In its vision report, the World Water Council pointed out that the current water crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs. Rather, it is about managing water inefficiently.
ICTs in general, and 5G in particular, have the potential to improve the management of water resources so that water sustainability, efficiency and accessibility are enhanced — for example the use of ICT in agricultural fields can increase efficiency in irrigation, with predicted savings of up to 70 % of water. However, there are many difficulties that need to be jointly addressed by the water and ICT communities to ensure sustainable development and the equitable distribution of water-derived benefits, which include technical (ICT requirements, standardization) and non-technical (governance, industry-related) aspects.

WG Vision

The working group vision is to be a discussion platform about the difficulties related to water management and study how these can be mapped into communication requirements to assess whether 5G can take us faster and further than existing ICTs.
In particular, the working group plans to engage a critical mass of experts from industry and academia, in order to investigate/understand the trends, requirements, enablers and challenges in the adoption of 5G as the solution to the challenges posed by water management as described in the introduction.


• Study the technology requirements and research challenges related to smart water management.
• Report on the encountered solutions from 5G technology to address the requirements in the previous bullet.
• Facilitate collaborations and consensus building among various experts and actors.
• Organize workshops to encourage dissemination and interactions.
• Follow/participate/contribute to research/technology/regulatory/standardization fora (e.g., ITU-T, NGMN, 5G-PPP, IEEE)


The following organisations have already expressed their interest to participate in this activity and/or have contributed to the industry panel organized by WWRF SB at the WCNC conference in April 2018 under the theme “How can 5G help resolve global water challenges?”
• Huawei
• Veolia (TBC)
•Telefonica (TBC)
Other organizations will be invited to contribute to the new WG.


WP1: 5G for smart water management – Requirements, Challenges, and State of the Art
• Timeline: June 2018 – June 2019
• First results will be presented at the 41st WWRF meeting and the final version at the 42nd WWRF meeting.

Actions completed

Organization of an industry panel at WCNC’18 “How can 5G help resolve global water challenges?” with the participation of Veolia, ITU-T and Telefónica.

Actions planned

• Presentation of the new WG at 41st WWRF meeting
• Special session to be held at 41st WWRF meeting or some international conference (WCNC, EuCNC)
• Input/presentation to ITU-T (WP2/5)
• Input/presentation to NGMN, IEEE, etc
• Presentation of the findings/conclusions of the WG at 42nd WWRF meeting or 6th 5G Huddle

The WG chair is Miquel Payaró (CTTC) and the proposed WP1 editor is Angelos Antonopoulos (CTTC).
The WG will run for 12 months (July 2018 – July 2019).