US Water Industry Report New Urgency in Familiar Challenges 2016
Addressing the aging infrastructure challengesthat we have isn't a quick fix. Years of a lack of investment are going to catch upwith us. And it also isn't just as simple as replacing the oldest pipe or the oldestequipment or the oldest treatment plants; it's understanding the condition of thoseassets, and then determining what do you need to doé At the same time, our utilities have to managetheir operating costs for their existing assets, for their new assets, and so it's this balancingact of managing their overall portfolio, and that is a challenge.
the industry as a whole needs to communicatemore openly and more consistently about the needs that we have around our water infrastructure. As an industry, we tendto want to segregate water and we put a variety of labels on water and then we cause confusionfrom the general public to the politicians of what does this all mean.the what we communicate needs to be about what the cost is.in the United States we are used to 247 safe water supply. And the stakeholders needs tounderstand, that the cost comes from providing that 247 convenience.I think we're making progress, but the challenge
that we have is the progress that we'remaking gets overshadowed by the challenges that keep coming at us: the challenges ofincreasing demands, the challenges of climate change, and the stresses and strains thatare hitting our utilities and all of our infrastructure. It is very easy to get caught up in what'shappening today, but water supply, it takes a lot of planning; it takes a lot of timeto make sure we have that security. We cannot get caught short on looking at just today;we have to keep our focus on what's going to happen down the road and how do we makesure that we have that security in place to be able to meet the demands for all of theneeds of water in the longterm.
Water Industry Report Asia Fresh Eyes on Water Resilience 2016
Booming populations, economic expansion anda rising middle class are combining to pose a major challenge to the EFFICIENT deliveryof water across Asia. Many agencies are looking toward alternativewater supplies to help produce water in a simple, costeffective way.Singapore has taken the holistic approach to water security, which they call the fournational taps comprising local catchment water, imported water, reclaim water, and desalinatedwater. New water and desalination are proof thatusing today's water treatment technologies, water of any quality can be treated into drinkingwater.
IN CHINA, LEADERS ENVISON CITIES WHERE AREASARE ENABLED TO ABSORB, STORE AND RELEASE RAINWATER LIKE A SPONGE. IN THIS WAY, RAINGWATER ISFLEXIBLY CONTROLLED SO THAT IT CAN BE STORED AND EVENTUALLY PURIFIED. CITIES LIKE HONGKONG ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO REINFORCE INFRASTRUCTURE WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY AND RESILIENCE.Hong Kong's seawater supply network for toilet flushing has expanded to cover about85 percent of the population and saves about 270 million cubic meters of freshwater everyyear. For areas that are far from the sea, Hong Kong is now exploring if wastewater withadvanced treatment can also be used for flushing, freeing up more fresh water for drinking purposes.BY RETHINKING WATER USE AND TREATMENT OPTIONS,
ASIA IS MOVING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE WATERSUPPLY CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING THE REGION'S CONTINUED GROWTH.