This study examines the characteristics of municipalities owning water utilities that took advantage of incentives provided by the Japanese government to consolidate. We find that economies of scale and government transfers were some of the main factors leading to consolidation of government services. This is expected given the Central Government's efforts to equalize public service levels, and the large cost savings available to municipal level water monopolies.
Report: Energy and utility companies can help preserve water resources
By investing in new technologies and infrastructure, together they can help reduce problems associated with water shortages While both humans and their commercial operations rely on fresh water more than ever, sources of clean water are becoming scarcer. Climate change, droughts, increasing agricultural needs, water pollution, and global economic and population growth all contribute to frequent freshwater supply disruptions.A recent report by Barclays, a transatlantic bank, maintains that the energy industry, a...
Emergency tank showers specified for Major water utility companies
Personnel within the water utilities industry are often exposed to remote and demanding environments due to the dangerous chemicals, such as sulphites and chloride, used in water treatment. To protect the safety of the workforce International and European standards state that emergency safety equipment should be installed within 10 seconds’ reach and on the same level as a potential hazard. However, due to the remote nature of water treatment sites the provision of emergency safety showers able to deliver...
Water Treatment Optimization - Case Study
Drinking water treatment in North America has stringent requirements for effluent water quality, with a great amount of attention being drawn to the presence of hazardous disinfection by-products (DBPs) persisting through water distribution systems. The operation of water treatment plants involves addition of various mixing agents to help with coagulation and settling of organics in the raw water supply, as well as the addition of chlorine for final disinfection. Optimizing water treatment to reduce the risk of...
U.S. utilities increasing water reuse investment
Decreased technology costs are prompting more municipal water utilities in the United States to invest in new water reuse infrastructure. In fact, a new forecast projects more than $18 billion in water reuse and desalination projects are on tap in 17 states, according to Bluefield Research analysts.Although water scarcity is a conventional driver for this type of project, the analysts say the expenditures are attributable to the affordability of these technologies, which is making the cost of water reuse competitiv...
How big is the distributed energy opportunity for water and wastewater utilities?
Energy costs for water utilities are large, and growing Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as more energy-intensive forms of water supply, including desalination, are being used. Energy is typically the second-largest utility budget item in developed countries, after labour. In many developing countries, energy can account for 70% or even more, of annual costs. But water and wastewater utilities can generate and export energy – in multiple forms. Water utilities...