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Driving transformation We believe that Microsoft’s most important contribution to water reduction will come not from our own work alone, but by helping our customers, partners, and suppliers around the world reduce their water footprints through our learnings and with the power of data, AI, and digital technology. We are not a particularly large consumer of water today, but we are learning from our work in our own operations. We are taking these lessons learned, new approaches, and innovative partnerships and bringing them to our global customer base, where we believe we can have a transformative impact. As it so often does, the pathway to progress begins with data. Water data is often segmented and siloed, both within an organization and across multiple organizations operating in the same watershed, which makes managing a shared resource particularly challenging. Water data often lacks context, meaning it is provided without an understanding of underlying conditions in the area. This makes it difficult for any single organization to assess its impa ct on a water basin, which in turn complicates or obscures the most impactful intervention to address water issues in that area. In addition, water data often suffers from discontinuities, where data collection is interrupted due to equipment failure or lack of funding for observational networks. The digitization of water data is about making water data credible, transparent, useful, and actionable. It includes the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud platforms, business intelligence, and AI. We are bringing new solutions to organizations to better manage water consumption and risk. We are digitizing water data to make it credible, transparent, useful, and actionable. Product Azure IoT Central government application templates Water Consumption Monitoring application template With this tool, available today, organizations can remotely monitor and control water flow and valve pressure, manage alerts, and set up device commands to reduce water costs and waste. Download application template here Water Quality Monitoring application template Organizations need to also understand the quality of their water, a key stressor on water availability. With this solution, organizations can monitor water quality to improve health outcomes and environmental impact. Download application template here Azure-based risk management product Smart Water Navigator Developed by Ecolab and running on Azure, organizat ions can identify water risks, set meaningful context-based water goals, and leverage response tools to help companies implement sustainable water practices with this free platfo rm from Ecolab. 53

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