water infrastructure sector Articles

  • Improving effectiveness and efficiency in the water sector: institutions, infrastructure and indicators

    This special edition is devoted to the theme of water institutions, infrastructure and performance indicators and how they matter to the effectiveness and efficiency of the water sector. It explores many questions which have not been adequately addressed in the literature. For example, what do we know about institutional reforms in the water sector? Can regulation improve the performance of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Tackling uncertainties in infrastructure sectors through strategic planning: the contribution of discursive approaches in the urban water sector

    Several strategic planning approaches have been proposed for dealing with future uncertainties in the urban water infrastructure sector. We identify three well established perspectives that address uncertainties in strategic decisions: an adaptive perspective, focusing on an incremental adaptation of existing structures as a reaction to unforeseen developments, a modeling perspective, focusing on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water – an essential sector in need of solutions

    The past year has seen water at the heart of global efforts to deal with some of the most pressing issues the world faces. The year started with the importance of water being underlined by the Global Economic Forum. In its latest report on global risks, water crises were identified as the number one risk out of 28 in terms of their potential impact following a survey of influential people around ...


    By Aquatech Global Events

  • Cross-sectoral optimization and visualization of transformation processes in urban water infrastructures in rural areas

    Predicted demographic, climatic and socio-economic changes will require adaptations of existing water supply and wastewater disposal systems. Especially in rural areas, these new challenges will affect the functionality of the present systems. This paper presents a joint interdisciplinary research project with the objective of developing an innovative software-based optimization and decision ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Infrastructure - Sea Water Desalination - Case Study

    Challenge Facing challenges of clean water shortages in Tekoradi, Ghana with the burgeoning oil/gas sector in the area offshore, something had to be done to increase clean water supply to supply the growing needs of both the military base at Tekoradi and the surrounding community. Solution Knowing the water demands were increasing, Genesis Water ...

  • Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance

    This paper outlines the major challenges related to financing the gap in global water infrastructure, including those systems that provide urban and rural water supply, and sanitation and irrigation services. The paper synthesizes the extensive body of literature on this subject, providing some examples of historical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water services sector reform: the Kosova experience

    Governments of countries with emerging economies usually are not very successful in providing safe and sufficient potable water and adequate wastewater services to their citizens. The reasons vary from inadequate institutional structures to chronic under-investment in water infrastructure. To address this, governments embark on reforms based on commonly accepted principles of good governance ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Infrastructure Maintenance - An Economic Opportunity

    Public safety and the cost of doing business are deeply impacted when infrastructure is neglected. Here’s a look at the high cost of low maintenance and what can be done about it. A Bridge Too Far There are over 607,000 bridges in the United States. According to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,1 published by the American Society of ...


    By ASTM International

  • Water infrastructure in Libya and the water situation in agriculture in the Jefara region of Libya

    Information about the current state of water institutional frameworks, water infrastructure and water management policies in Libya enable the identification and evaluation of a range of options for improving water use efficiency in agriculture and the potential role of water pricing in achieving sustainability of water sources. This paper begins with an overview of the agricultural sector. In ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Analysis of water pricing in Ireland and recommendations towards a more efficient water sector

    Within Ireland, both the public water supply and group water scheme (GWS) sectors are crucial entities in the provision of water supply to individuals. In this study, variances in water charges and operation are assessed via an in-depth survey of 104 GWSs in order to establish the range in both domestic and commercial charges, and also to establish the factors influencing these charges within ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Zimbabwe`s infrastructure : a continental perspective

    Despite general economic decline and power supply deficiencies, infrastructure made a modest net contribution of less than half a percentage point to Zimbabwe's improved per capita growth performance in recent years. Raising the country's infrastructure endowment to that of the region's middle-income countries could boost annual growth by about 2.4 percentage points. Zimbabwe made significant ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cameroon`s infrastructure : a continental perspective

    Better access to improved infrastructure services is an important engine for economic growth. The poor state of infrastructure is a key bottleneck to growth in African countries, and Cameroon is no exception. Between 2000 and 2005, improvements in information and communication technologies boosted Cameroon's growth performance by 1.26 percentage points per capita, while deficient power ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Niger`s infrastructure : a continental perspective

    Between 2000 and 2005 infrastructure made a net contribution of only 0.3 percentage points to the improved per capita growth performance of Niger, one of the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Raising the country's infrastructure endowment to that of the region's middle-income countries (MICs) could boost annual growth by about 4.5 percentage points, mainly by improving the condition of the road ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mozambique`s infrastructure : a continental perspective

    This study is a product of the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD), a project designed to expand the world's knowledge of physical infrastructure in Africa. The AICD provides a baseline against which future improvements in infrastructure services can be measured, making it possible to monitor the results achieved from donor support. It also offers a solid empirical foundation for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Ongoing Consolidation in the Consulting & Engineering Sector

    Consolidation and diversification have been the dominant themes in the consulting & engineering sector for the past several years. Almost all firms have found themselves in either the role of buyer or seller, and sometimes both at the same time. Many of the largest C&E firms have gotten where they are today by means of aggressive acquisition programs. URS Corporation, after teetering ...

  • In the shadow of the city: financing water infrastructure in small towns in Burkina Faso

    The abundant praise awarded for the development of the urban water services sector in Burkina Faso stands in stark contrast with the development of the rural water services sector. This article examines the funding of water infrastructure in four small villages in Burkina Faso. The article finds that public funding for water infrastructure for these municipalities is largely nonexistent. First ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Policy transmission: the emerging policy dynamic of water supply infrastructure development in India

    The focus of this paper will be to investigate the nature of policy reform in the water supply infrastructure sector in India. In the formal division of powers, much of the authority to implement policies in this sector rests with state governments and the role of the national government is largely restricted to recommending broad policy directions. Since the late 1990s, with the diffusion of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Public finance for water infrastructure development and its practical challenges for small towns

    The small and fluctuating population, the economic characteristics and administrative capacity of small towns not only pose infrastructural challenges for providing services, but also limit the possibilities for generating local revenues for financing water infrastructure development and maintenance. This limited ability to generate local resources for water infrastructure is exacerbated by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • RAMCAP™ Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection For the Water and Wastewater Sector

    New guidance is being developed for conducting risk assessment and management in the water and wastewater sectors. The guidance is based on the Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection, or RAMCAP™, methodology. RAMCAP is a process for evaluating consequences, vulnerability and risks due to terrorism and natural hazards. RAMCAP was developed by the ASME Innovative ...

  • PPP arrangements in the Brazilian water sector: a double-edged sword

    Public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements have been used all over the world to develop infrastructure and provide public services. The principle of this procurement option seems sound. It consists of obtaining a (private) partner who makes the upfront initial investments, manages the infrastructure that will be paid for during its lifespan and assumes all of the corresponding ...


    By IWA Publishing

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