Xylem: Smart Technology for Sustainable Water Management
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Xylem: Smart Technology for Sustainable Water Management

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Jaime Ellertson, President & CEO, XylemJaime Ellertson, President & CEO Around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and out of which 96.5 percent is saline water in the oceans. Though the global supply of available freshwater is limited, it is more than enough to meet all current and future needs. However, accessing fresh water is harder due to its temporal distribution. There are geographical regions where freshwater resources are insufficient to meet domestic, economic development, and environmental needs. To best meet these challenges, Xylem, a leading water technology company committed to “solving water,” creates innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world’s water, wastewater and energy needs.

Through its groundbreaking products and services transfer, the company treat, analyze, monitor, and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services. Also, to address resource challenges, Xylem provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies, and advanced data analytics solutions to build a more resilient infrastructure for water, electric, and gas utilities.

How Xylem Solves Water Challenges?

Xylem delivers a variety of pumps and packaged pumping systems which help users remain in full control around the clock. With its pump systems, Xylem draws water from sources and transports it to treatment plants, where filtration and disinfection technologies clean and purify water before it enters the system. Xylem pumps then shift water from treatment plants to storage facilities, and on through the distribution system to consumers and end users.

Xylem helps in processing water for heating, cooling, cleaning, circulating and mixing to industrial facilities. It also supports in providing water supply and HVAC heating and cooling systems to homes, to commercial properties, which include apartment buildings, retail stores, hospitals, and hotels. Besides, Xylem aids irrigation of farms, golf courses, and turf applications.

Once the clean water has served its purpose, Xylem pumps and transfers the wastewater again to treatment centers, where the company’s biological, filtration, and disinfection treatment equipment confiscate contaminants from the water before sending it for reuse.

Protecting Precious Water Resources

With deep application proficiency in the water industry, the company’s renowned global brands like YSI, SonTek, and HYPACK provide sensors and instruments for the measurement of water velocity, flow, and discharge which help clients detecting threats in real-time and build a resilient water conservation strategy. The brands help clients collect the data to analyze and make the report on a variety of water resource parameters. In an instance, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) wanted to establish a global network of real-time water quality monitoring platforms on great rivers around the world.

For over 20 years, the NGRREC’s partners had been taking discrete water quality samples of the Mississippi River but as the samples were taken at intervals, so the changes that happened on a short time scale were not captured. The center wanted a partner that can collect data comprehensively and detect trends on the Mississippi River.

The NGRREC partnered with YSI to design and launch three monitoring buoys capable of real-time, continuous collection of water quality and phytoplankton data. In 2013, the first buoy named the PISCES platform (Pontoon for In-situ Characterization of Environmental Systems) was launched on the Upper Mississippi River System. The platform was outfitted with a YSI EXO2 sonde, UV nitrate sensor, weather sensor and data logger that delivered accurate and reliable data. Later, the NGRREC deployed a total of seven fully outfitted PISCES platforms that filled in the data gaps from discrete sampling and enabled the research team to address specific research questions.

Serving Industries with its Leading Portfolio of Products

Xylem provides a leading portfolio of hydro turbines, light & power, mixing & mixing equipment, parts & supplies, rentals, services, treatment products & systems, and used equipment sales. Hydro turbines features include easy installation and maintenance, submersible hydropower, efficient and reliable, invisible and quiet, and head from 1m to 22m (3ft to 72ft). Light & power solution has products like light towers, power generators, and searchlights and flood.


Our global mission of solving water is rooted in our purpose as an enterprise, which is to create both social and economic value in all that we do

Besides, Xylem also offers wide-ranging mixers featuring ground-breaking technologies. The company’s products, like a submersible, dry-installed mixers, agitators, and adaptive mixers allow users to match mixing output to their exact process requirements while its parts and supplies, like Ecoray Upgrade Kits, help in ensuring regulatory compliance and slash energy costs, and Effizon GC Electrodes enable ozone systems installed between 1995 and 2014 to be upgraded to the latest technology.

Moreover, Xylem’s rental solutions are for those who require fast-track temporary emergency response or consistent long-term operation as it provides scalable turnkey systems that deliver greater efficiency, reliability, and peace of mind. Moreover, Xylem also takes care of the services of its clients by helping them in inspection and auditing, enhancing branch capabilities, design and installation, equipment analysis and upgrades, facility and operational support, and training and technical support.

With its over 16,500 employees and revenue of $4.7 billion as per 2017 report, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through many market-leading product leaders and brands. The company supports a variety of industries such as aquaculture, commercial buildings, commercial pools, and water parks, commercial shipping and shipbuilding, construction, environmental monitoring and analysis, and energy and power.

Xylem also offers a complete range of advanced wastewater and water solutions for food and beverage industry, general industry, life sciences, pharma and bioprocess, mining and quarrying/ aggregates, municipal water and sewer, oil and gas, recreational boats and vehicles, and residential.

Making an Impact

Over the years, Xylem has made a significant social impact through its core business strategy. The company has been honored and recognized numerous times for its leadership in sustainability. Xylem’s name was both in Forbes and JUST Capital America’s Most JUST Companies list; also Barron’s ranked Xylem in the top 10 on its inaugural list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies headquartered in the U.S.

Besides, the company was recently listed under FORTUNE’s 2018 “Change the World” list in which it was on the seventh position among the top 50. The company was honored for creating tangible social value through its innovative solutions that are helping to solve water challenges across the world. “We are honored to be recognized by FORTUNE as a company that is driving social impact - a testament to the work of Xylem’s nearly 17,000 colleagues who are committed to making water safer, more accessible and more affordable for people and communities around the world. Our global mission of solving water is rooted in our purpose as an enterprise, which is to create both social and economic value in all that we do,” states Patrick Decker, President, and CEO of Xylem.

Reaching New Horizons

With its innovative approach, Xylem is collaborating with industry leaders and brands to open up new horizons. For instance, in 2018 the company started an exciting partnership with Manchester City, Manchester City Women and New York City FC, which will help Xylem to raise awareness about a better, more water-secure world. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Manchester City and excited to engage with their amazing fans around the world. To partner with a Club that is committed to bringing about positive social change through football is a natural fit. Working with Manchester City, we will extend our reach to their massive fan base and, in doing so, increase our ability to create social value,” said Decker.

While Damian Willoughby, Senior Vice President of Partnership at City Football Group stated that the partnership between Manchester City and Xylem was a great decision as both the parties share a shared commitment to operate sustainably and innovatively while enhancing the lives of people around the world. “We are excited to harness the global appeal of football to raise awareness of water challenges and support Xylem’s efforts to tackle these issues,” he added.

Xylem intends to continue its focus on delivering breakthrough water management solutions to improve quality of life. The company started 2019 by announcing reports of steady revenue, orders and earnings growth in the fourth quarter of 2018. “We continued to build strong momentum throughout 2018, generating solid revenue and orders growth across each of our business lines. With our expanded digital offerings and leveraging our extensive installed base, we delivered significant value to our customers, and demand for our solutions grew across all of our end markets. We are well-positioned as we began the year and focused on delivering each of our 2019 commitments and long-term financial objectives,” concludes Decker.

- Jasmine McHardy
    March 20, 2019