Challenges facing the Water Industry

Challenges facing the Water Industry

We all are aware of the previous year’s summer time that left horrific effects on peoples’ lives in and around Manila city. Yet speedy measures have to be taken to prevent the re-occurrence of water rationing next summer.

We all are aware of the previous year’s summer time that left horrific effects on peoples’ lives in and around Manila city. Yet speedy measures have to be taken to prevent the re-occurrence of water rationing next summer.

Due to an increase in population, climate change, rising customer demands, incorporation of advanced technologies, water supply thefts and aging infrastructure are just some challenges faced by the water industry.

These issues are important to address in order to stay competitive and every citizen should contribute to saving and supporting the environment.

ASEAN nations should get together and prepare concrete and realistic plans to prevent water shortages in their respective countries in the future.

It is generally felt in Metro Manila that the major water source is fed from the Kaliwa Dam that is expected to complete around 2023. It is imperative to focus on the obstacles preventing adequate water supply to the city and how the industries and communities can be benefited from keeping the environment in mind.

10 Challenges impacting the water industry throughout the next decade:
  1. Scant respect in water usage – It has been noticed that citizens, in general, have scant respect in the matter of water usage. Regardless of educating people about the effects of rational and wise consumption, many fail to understand that water resources will decline globally in the coming years and water charges will keep on increasing in the future unless wise steps are taken soon in order to check any increase in consumption and costs.
  2. Climatic changes – Most climate changes are related to water in one way or another by affecting agricultural production, gradual rise in sea level, wildfires, drought and extreme weather conditions. Several measures can be taken to protect coastal communities against future flooding due to adverse weather conditions. Hard engineering structures such as sea walls help in some areas but more sophisticated technologies such as modeling software and simulations can enable understanding of the vulnerabilities and can suggest solutions to best address storm surge risk and capacity of the stormwater infrastructure. 
  3. Increase in Population – As the population grows mainly in Asian countries the aging infrastructure does not have the capacity to absorb that growth. Population and aging infrastructure both are directly proportional to each other. Hence, it will be difficult to replace the entire water distribution system in a short period of time.
  4. Infrastructure and latest technologiesAgeing infrastructure, particularly pipelines, tunnels, dams, pumping, storage and treatment facilities require monthly maintenance and replacement of the worn-out parts are very important aspects. Intelligent end-to-end water networks offer the opportunity to improve productivity and efficiency while enhancing customer service.
  5. Funding in the projects – More than 40 percent of non-utility respondents believe that the water industry is not prepared to meet the required financial needs.
  6. Technology changes – Technology advancement in Raw water treatment and Waste water treatment is a very important aspect of improving operations and can reduce costs as well. Advanced technology comes with security concerns that could potentially dampen the positive effects of new technology. Energy recovery is becoming much more important for waste water treatment. It enables utilities to produce more recoverable energy and helps solve disposal challenges such as keeping FOG out of sewer systems and waste organics out of landfills. 
  7. Training for the aging workforce – Advanced technology can help capture institutional knowledge and smooth the transition. Also to overcome this situation, a robust sustainability plan should include plans for recruitment and training. 
  8. The shortage of raw water supply is another critical challenge.
  9. Emergency preparedness – Communities need to address how to make their water utility systems more resilient, especially during times of natural disasters and the usual changes in weather patterns.
  10. Water contamination – Water contamination issues are sometimes the result of aging pipes that contain lead or copper. Contamination can also occur because of bacteria formation or flood waters causing sewer overflow or salt water intrusion.
Many of these concerns are interrelated. Infrastructure updates require support and funding which requires consumer value. For the Raw Water and Waste Water industry, it is appropriate to consider all of these concerns instead of just one or two variables when making decisions and planning for the future.  Arnym Eco Green shares these concerns with the water industry and our raw water and waste water treatment solutions help our clients operate effectively, economically and can well respond to the daily challenges of raw water and waste water treatment hurdles. With an extensive and long exposure, we are helping commercial, industrial, and residential communities to meet various Municipal or Government regulations.  From recycling and reusing water to providing chemicals for the most optimal performance, Arnym Eco Green helps communities overcome the challenges in the water industry. Which of these are your biggest concerns?
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