“Our Smart Water Networks Forum is aiming to help water utilities do the right thing: investing in operation and maintenance and sustainability of their data-driven smart water networks and not only focusing on pipe and pumps”, Smart Water Networks Forum Chairman Guy Horowitz told IRC’s Dick de Jong at the 2011 Aquatech Amsterdam SWAN session on 1 November 2011. Inefficient water distribution and poor water efficiency are the culprits.
Mr. Horowitz is Vice President Marketing of TaKaDu, a water infrastructure monitoring software pioneer based in Israel shared recent research findings that show the connection between water prices and water loss rates. Based on information from 42 urban water networks all over the world, their research found that higher water tariffs are associated with lower water loss and a more sustainable outcome. In most cities where the price of water is very high or very low, low and high NRW (non revenue water) rates are observed respectively.
This holds true across different countries and regions and even cities. Manila East and Manila West for instance have two different private sector operators. Manila West scores 12 percent non revenue water, Manila East scores 53 percent water losses.
Thus, when setting policy and water tariffs, policy makers should consider all possible implications of low pricing to avoid infrastructure deterioration. Regulatory tools such as on-going benchmarking of water utilities and incentives for improved performance can be used, as well as a tiered pricing model for domestic consumption, TaKaDu concludes.
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Related news: Dick de Jong, The SWAN Forum: Defining the future of Smart Water Networks, WASH News International, 02 Nov 2011
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The Smart Water Networks Forum started in May 2011 as a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. Smart water networks are leveraging data and information technology for an improved, streamlined and more efficient operation of water utilities. With the increased instrumentation and telemetry of water networks, especially of distribution systems, a new layer of smart data applications has become possible. They include alert systems, smart flow pressure management, water infrastructure monitoring and water balance and leak detection software and many others.
Smart Water Network (SWAN) solutions improve the efficiency, longevity, and reliability of the underlying physical water network by better measuring, collecting, analyzing, and acting upon a wide range of events. SWAN brings water industry leaders together to promote awareness, effectiveness, and use of smart data systems for water networks.
The SWAN forum encourages targeted, technical discussion to:
- Raise awareness for smart water networks.
- Create and report upon the methodologies, standard performance indicators, and industry best practices.
- Develop new approaches and solutions to improve network operations.
- Share members’ experience, case studies and research.
- Promote interoperability, synergy and common measurements.
Membership fees range from Euro 950 for individuals (students free) to Euro 4,900 for platinum members.
contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Act now to end the sanitation and water crisis in the Least Developed Countries”. With this message the End Water Poverty campaign coalition is asking its members to lobby for this with their national governments that go to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul from 9 to 13 May May 2011.
They coalition is offering a civil society manifesto PDF file with recommendations for the Istanbul Programme for Action document, which will be adopted at the conference. The draft document sets the ambitious target of ensuring all LDCs get access to water and sanitation by 2020, but the coalition feels that clear steps outlining how this target will be realised must be set out in the Istanbul document to ensure accountability and a real chance of success.
Tangible actions that should be highlighted are:
- Strengthening national water and sanitation plans by integrating them with health, education and urban planning
- Investment in low income countries and marginalized groups
- Support of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership
- Championing the cause of the urban poor to satisfy the growing needs of all in towns and cities.
Source: Fleur Anderson, International Campaign Coordinator, End Water Poverty, 12 Apr 2011
Participants at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm urged the High Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs to fully recognise and act upon the fundamental roles of water resources, drinking water, sanitation and water for all.
It is a fact: the MDGs will only be achieved by wise management of water resources and secure and equitable access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Wide application of current knowledge and practice will alleviate the suffering of billions of children, women and men. It will also free up scarce human and financial resources to be spent on meeting other development challenges. But water needs more attention: policy, investment and management. Continuing to neglect it is a recipe for disaster, and the failure of all MDGs.
Read the full statement as PDF file.
The social, health and economic impacts of neglecting investment in sanitation and water have been under-estimated. Poor sanitation and water trigger a downward slide into poverty, where the sector economic impact is often found to be excess of 5% GDP. The economic benefits of achieving universal access to sanitation and drinking water are estimated at US $171 billion per year. Sanitation and water interventions deliver economic returns of at least five times on investment, with an annual rate of return of 20% or more.
This is part of the statement adopted by 20 African and Asian Water Ministers during the Ministerial dialogue on 22 April 2010 on the eve of the first Sanitation and Water for All Global Framework for Action High Level Meeting held in Washington on the 23 April 2010.
The ministers ask the donor community to increase the sanitation and water commitments targeted to low income countries from 42 percent of sector aid in 2008 to 50 percent in 2013. Increasing the percentage of sector aid allocated to basic services from 16 percent to 27% of the total sector aid by 2013, is another demand. Continue reading
Growing competition for scarce water resources is a growing business risk, a major economic threat, and a challenge for the sustainability of communities and the ecosystems upon which they rely. It is an issue that has serious implications for the stability of countries in which businesses operate, and for industries whose value chains are exposed to water scarcity.
This is the main conclusion from a recent study led by McKinsey focusing on how, by 2030, competing demands for scarce water resources can be met and sustained. It is sponsored, written, and supported by a group of private sector companies and institutions who are concerned about water scarcity as an increasing business risk, a major economic threat that cannot be ignored, and a global priority that affects human well-being. Continue reading
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