water risk management Articles

  • Fire Codes: A Foundation of Safety for a Rapidly Changing World

    Chief among these safety features is fire protection. There are myriad codes and regulations relating to fire safety in commercial buildings, from standards on portable fire extinguishers to the installation of stationary pumps for fire protection — the U.S.- based National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) alone has more than 300 consensus codes that have been adopted in whole or in part ...

  • How a Specialized Automatic Control Valve Solved Flooding

    The Colombian area of Antioquia creates much of its clean power from hydropower plants along the Guadalupe River. The Guadalupe IV hydroelectric plant generates power with three vertical axis turbines that discharge water below the river level. To prevent flooding, however, the plant needed a solution that ensured the ejector ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • Risk analysis of seasonal stream water quality management

    Seasonal discharge programs, which take advantage of temporal variation of stream assimilative capacity, are cost effective. However, these seasonal discharge control programs should not increase the risk of water quality violations. A method is presented to estimate the allowable pollutant loads under both seasonal and non-seasonal discharge control programs for a single discharger that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk and Integrated Water Management (GWP, 2002)

    This paper attepmts to address different risk categories that water managers and water users are faced. It argues that risk managment is a distributive issue that cannot be treated solely as a technical matter best handled by experts. It involves the allocation of wealth and welfare between water sectors, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk analysis of seasonal stream water quality management

    Seasonal discharge programs, which take advantage of temporal variation of stream assimilative capacity, are cost effective. However, these seasonal discharge control programs should not increase the risk of water quality violations. A method is presented to estimate the allowable pollutant loads under both seasonal and non-seasonal discharge control programs for a single discharger that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A risk management approach for trunk water mains

    The supply of water from source to customer relies on a pipe network system graduated from large pipes at sources, down to small pipes servicing houses. The larger pipes in this system termed Trunk Mains, represent the prime assets of water systems. Failure of trunk mains can cause loss of service to large populations for extensive periods and significant damage to property and social fabric. A ...


    By Innovyze

  • Water-Related Business Risks

    Water scarcity, pollution, climate change, and other problematic global water trends pose major challenges to businesses now and will continue to do so in the years ahead. The following article summarizes relevant concepts and provides a non-exhaustive overview of case studies, existing risk management tools, and global players. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Aqueduct Water Risk Framework

    Awareness around the physical, regulatory and reputational water risks to companies and their investors is on the rise; and robust, comparable and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks. In response to this demand, the World Resources Institute (WRI) Markets and Enterprise Program developed the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, a comprehensive and publicly available global ...

  • Are our Water Systems at Risk?

    Assessing the Financial Sustainability of BC’s Municipal Water and Sewer Systems Reliable water, sewer, and storm water systems are essential to public health, a clean environment, and a strong economy. But British Columbia’s systems may be at risk – aging infrastructure, growth, strengthened regulations, seismic risk, and climate change are driving the need for ...

  • Integrated water resources management and drought risk management in Japan

    Japan has experienced several severe drought disasters in the past and is still suffering from drought conditions in some parts of the country every year. To cope with the drought disasters, Japan takes three types of countermeasures: (i) water resources planning and development as supply side measures; (ii) promotion of efficient water use as demand side measures; and (iii) coordinated ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk Management: Sustainably Managing a Common Resource

    Introduction Danfoss is a global manufacturer of hermetic compressors, pumps, valves, motors and other electrical control units. The company owns a major manufacturing facility located on a small island, Als, in the Baltic Sea. In 1983 the company was routinely withdrawing two million cubic meters of fresh water from the sole aquifer which supplies the entire island, home to 50,000 residents. ...

  • Risk-based integrated management of transboundary water resources: a general framework

    Integrated management of transboundary surface waters and groundwater aquifers faces not only difficult problems and uncertainties at a national level, but also problems resulting from the fact that these water bodies cross international borders. After showing the importance of internationally shared waters at the global scale in terms of spatial extension, quantity and water uses, this paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Priorities to improve the ecological risk assessment and management for pesticides in surface water

    This paper deals with prospective and retrospective ecological risk assessment (ERA) procedures for pesticides in surface waters as performed under European legislation (Regulation 1107/2009/EC; Directive 2009/128/EC; Directive 2000/60/EC). Priorities to improve the aquatic risk assessment and management of pesticides are discussed on basis of the following five theses: The management of the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks

    In Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, Ceres takes a closer look at how the food sector is managing water risk. The report evaluates publicly available information on the water use, stewardship and policies of 37 major food sector companies in four industries: packaged food, beverage, meat and agricultural products. The report examines how water risks affect the profitability and competitive positioning ...


    By Ceres

  • 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 ...

  • Water risk to business is no small drip

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos two weeks ago, I was struck by how often the issue of water risk was raised by business executives. As the global economic turmoil is receding, many CEOs and global leaders are turning to other threats—and water is high on the list. For the second year in a row, water crises were named among the ...

  • Risk management of transboundary water resources using the green supply chain approach

    The problem considered is the coordination of the ecological risks of all stakeholders in a transboundary river basin using the 'green' (environmental) Supply Chain (SC) approach. Using a combination of two managerial concepts – 'the environmental SC' and 'the house-of-quality' – a decision-making model that quantitatively estimates the integrated risk level is constructed. A mathematical model ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using risk management to increase the flexibility of transboundary water conflict resolutions

    With the increase in world population and the diminishing water quality and quantity, water scarcity is increasing. As access to water is essential to the prosperity of communities, the threat of conflict over the use of transboundary water is increasing. Surface and groundwater that cross international boundaries present increased challenges to regional stability because hydrologic needs can ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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

     Abstract 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 ...

  • Risk-based approach to manage aging urban water main infrastructure

    The growing number of challenges in how to manage aging infrastructures, while maintaining a suitable level of service, have become major problems for many municipal water utility companies. As a result, municipalities are increasingly considering the concept of risk assessment and prioritization as the first and an important step that has to be used towards effective asset-management practices. ...


    By IWA Publishing

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