Water is the lifeblood of our civilization; we use 10 billion tons of freshwater on a daily basis worldwide. For cities and townships around the globe, this means transporting and distributing water through vast networks of pipes across wide areas. Such piping infrastructure needs pumps, pumps need motors, and motors need motor controls to keep the lifeblood of civilization flowing.
In 2007, Ankara, capital city of Turkey, experienced a severe water supply crisis as the city grappled with the effects of a sustained drought. The drought placed massive pressure on the city. Many hospitals were forced to cancel non-emergency surgery, restaurants were serving meals on paper plates and offering plastic utensils to reduce dish washing, and the the mayor even asked residents to go on vacation to reduce water use in the city.