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.
Governance, strategy and efficiency of water utilities: the Italian case
The determinants of the performance of water utilities are a topical issue worldwide. This paper analyzes the relationship between efficiency and corporate governance in Italian water utilities, measured through data envelopment analysis. Using an M-quantile regression model, efficiency estimations are ranked considering relevant governance (board size and composition; firm size) and strategy features (membership of a corporate group; provision of wholesale services) in order to provide decision-makers with...
Protective coatings for underground utility concrete structures
As our cities and municipalities grow older, the utility and wastewater infrastructure and corrosion preventive program for underground asset protection are aging with them. Municipalities and Utility Companies are struggling to handle rehabilitation measures and effective corrosion prevention programs to deal with prolonging the life of their buried assets. More municipalities are in the process of undertaking rehabilitation projects to restore underground structures and protect them against further corrosion....
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...
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...