water risk management Articles

  • 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

  • Frequency analysis of droughts using historical information – new approach for probability plotting position: deceedance probability

    This paper presents a new statistical approach for droughts estimation. The conducted frequency analysis uses for the first time the 'Deceedance' Probability using historical information. The developed approach was applied for the first time in Tunisia. The annual rainfall was fitted to eight distribution functions. A rigorous evaluation of the historical information, in terms of completeness and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Decision support system for risk management of produced water in offshore oil and gas industries

    A decision support system for produced water management (DISSPROWM) in offshore operations is presented. The system determines the risk and hazards to human and marine species from non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic pollutants present in produced water including radionuclides. The DISSPROWM also evaluates best available treatment technology for treating the produced water whose properties are in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The replacement of hydraulic structures in light of tipping points

    In many delta areas hydraulic structures are key elements in water management strategies for fresh water supply and flood risk management. Adaptation of delta areas to changing climatological and societal conditions will be in pace with the renovation and replacement of these hydraulic structures. Since hydraulic structures are prone to deterioration, their performance diminishes over time. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Securing executive buy-in for preventative risk management – lessons from water safety plans

    Appropriate implementation of water safety plans (WSPs) offers an important opportunity to engage in and promote preventative risk management within water utilities. To ensure success, the whole organization, especially executive management, need to be advocates. Illustrated by four case studies, we discuss the influence of organisational culture on buy-in and commitment to WSPs. Despite an ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Risk management for water supply pipes

    In this paper, the risk of water supply systems as a combination of hydraulic analyses (consequence) and failure probability of pipelines based on the actual condition is discussed. On the one hand, a stepwise closing of pipelines calculates the influence on customer's supply which represents the importance of a pipe. On the other hand, based on existing failure statistics, age and material ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A review of decision support system applications in flood management

    There are several spatial problems in the water resources sector such as flood control and management, which can be managed efficiently if there is a case–based decision–making process. These types of problems need human intervention and amicable management is possible by decision making based on various possible alternatives. The recent advances in computational facilities, quick and real time ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A strategic approach for Water Safety Plans implementation in Portugal

    Effective risk assessment and risk management approaches in public drinking water systems can benefit from a systematic process for hazards identification and effective management control based on the Water Safety Plan (WSP) concept. Good results from WSP development and implementation in a small number of Portuguese water utilities have shown that a more ambitious nationwide strategic approach ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • ADB study tour

    After a successful study tour in 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) requested NWP to organise another one in 2018, this time on Integrated Flood Risk Management. After ascertaining the learning goals, NWP designed a customised programme in close cooperation with the ADB. Learning goals The ADB selected the participants from among the projects it finances. “Our first ...

  • Icelandic experience with water safety plans

    The aim of this study was to investigate accumulated experience with water safety plans in one of the first countries to adopt systematic preventive management for drinking-water safety. Water utilities in Iceland have had a legal obligation since 1995 to implement a systematic preventive approach to secure safety of drinking water and protect public health. The water utilities responded by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Grow in concert with nature : green water defense for flood risk management in East Asia

    This summary note presents the key concept and approach of Green Water Defense for flood risk management in East Asia. East Asia is home to more than a quarter of the world's population. It saw impressive economic growth in the past decade, accompanied by rapid population growth and urbanization. As a result, land and water resources in this region are under increasing pressure leading to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Insuring water: a practical risk management option in water-scarce and drought-prone regions?

    Recurrent water deficits in various arid and semi-arid Mediterranean basins are largely covered by illegal groundwater abstractions uncontrolled by the water authorities. Aquifers thus play the role of buffer stocks and are used by farmers as a reliable, although informal, insurance system. This has led to continuous groundwater depletion and increased scarcity and drought risk over the last few ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Identification, assessment, and control of hazards in water supply: experiences from Water Safety Plan implementations in Germany

    According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Water Safety Plans (WSP), a Technical Risk Management was developed, which considers standard demands in drinking water treatment in Germany. It was already implemented at several drinking water treatment plants of different size and treatment processes in Germany. Hazards affecting water quality, continuity, and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A comparison between the Gumbel–Hougaard and distorted Frank copulas for drought frequency analysis

    Drought is a global phenomenon and is a common characteristic of extreme climate. It is widely considered as the world's costliest natural disaster since their effects are especially devastating to the agricultural and social economy. Effective water resource infrastructure and management is required for the mitigation of drought, and this requires drought risk assessment. Essential ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • QMRA and water safety management: review of application in drinking water systems

    Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA), the assessment of microbial risks when model inputs and estimated health impacts are explicitly quantified, is a valuable tool to support water safety plans (WSP). In this paper, research studies undertaken on the application of QMRA in drinking water systems were reviewed, highlighting their relevance for WSP. The important elements for practical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Combined risk assessment of nonstationary monthly water quality based on Markov chain and time-varying copula

    Water quality risk management is a global hot research linkage with the sustainable water resource development. Ammonium nitrogen (NH3-N) and permanganate index (CODMn) as the focus indicators in Huai River Basin, are selected to reveal their joint transition laws based on Markov theory. The time-varying moments model with either time or land cover index as explanatory variables is ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Supporting the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach with the Failure Experience Improvement System (FEIS)

    The Water Safety Plan (WSP) aims to ensure safe drinking water through risk assessment and preventive risk management which cover all steps of the water supply from catchment to the consumer. This approach requires a comprehensive hazard assessment including the identification and prioritisation of potential hazardous events. The Failure Experience Improvement System (FEIS) supports this key step ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Receptivity to sustainable urban water management in the South West Pacific

    Small urban centres in the South West Pacific face many challenges regarding urban water management in the light of future uncertainties and climate change. Without implementing sustainable urban water management (SUWM), they risk adverse environmental and public health impacts, but little is known regarding the receptivity of urban water professionals towards its principles and practices. This ...


    By IWA Publishing

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