Frontier - Investment Planning Services
Our clients are water authorities and water users that realize that effluent re-use is becoming an increasingly important measure to meet (future) fresh water demands.
Cities and municipalities are prioritized for receiving drinking water, but the availability of good quality groundwater is reducing.
Industries need process water and cooling water for the production of goods. A lack of good quality water directly impacts the bottom line.
The agri- and horticulture sectors need irrigation water to produce crops. A lack of good quality water directly impacts the bottom line.
On a global level, municipalities consume an average of 10% of fresh water, industry consumes an average of 20% of fresh water, and the agrisector consumes an average of 70% of fresh water available. However, with increased industrialization in developing and emerging countries, this balance will likely shift towards an increasing share of the industry’s fresh water consumption.
Governments around the world are developing incentives to encourage municipalities, industry, and the agrisector to maximize water recycling and cross-sector effluent re-use, in order to meet the growing demands for clean water, and to protect and conserve our natural fresh water resources.
But how best to assess the available options for water recycling and the cross-sector re-use of effluents? And how to develop an investment proposition in water infrastructure that meets the demands and interests of all stakeholders involved? That is where our model comes in.
Water authorities first of all need insight in the current water system, and in the options to “upgrade” wastewater streams from one sector for transport and re-use by another sector. Our proprietary model considers all water sources, and matches water supply to water demand from the municipalities, industry, and the agri- and horticulture sector. The model identifies the cross-sector effluent re-use scheme that can meet the (growing) demands for water at the lowest costs. The model then plots the required investments in water treatment technology, water storage, and water transport solutions in time over the investment horizon.
This way we support the development of credible, affordable, and competitive transition pathways towards (more) circular water systems!
Key challenges in the development of cross-sector effluent re-use schemes are of technical, economic, relational, organizational, and political nature:
How to best match the supply of different water sources to the (growing) demand from different water users? And what is the best combination of water treatment, water storage, and water transport solutions?
How to identify the effluent re-use scheme that deliver highest value for money at system level? And how to ensure the investment proposition is robust in the face of changing water needs or changing regulations?
How to ensure that the interests and demands of all stakeholders are considered in the development of the cross-sector effluent re-use scheme? How to create an investment proposition that benefits all?
How to best align with the existing decision frameworks of water authorities and water users, and how to best leverage the in-house knowledge of these organizations to support their longer term goals?
How to create constructive dialogue between the public and private sector on water related policies and regulations, as potential incentives for the development of circular water systems?