Water is a necessary resource and can often be described as life itself, since without water persons will not be able to survive. Yet, while such a resource is needed and is mainly provided by water management utilities, such organizations can employ technology and smart techniques to ensure smooth operations, which overall can lead to lower operational costs.
In a recent article published by Daniel P. Duffy, on 11 September, 2018, he highlights the basis of smart water management, such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technologies and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems, and highlights what this entails and some relevant suppliers of the technology.
One can read the full article by clicking on the following link Intelligent Water Management
With the present restrictions placed on the public’s use of water hoses and power washers, in terms of watering their private gardens and washing their vehicles, there has been an outcry by many persons about increased water rates (although lower rates are subsidized for customers without meters, which can be noted in the State of the Water Resources Report, 2005, which also provides a listing of the various water tariffs), as well as, the fact that there is a desalination plant to provide additional water supply.
Having recently read an article in the Water Efficiency Magazine entitled Parched: Can desalination quench the world’s thirst? by Laura Sanchez I immediately thought about such comments from the public.
This article highlighted the early history of desalination in the United States in 1970 and its possibility of solving a myriad of problems, as well as, pointed out various present issues with desalination such as its expense, the fact that it is energy-intensive and the argument of environmental impacts to marine resources and the large amounts of seawater being depleted.
Such points can lead to one really wondering how sustainable is the process of desalination. I would be curious to hear the pros/cons from employees since I know we have both environmentalists and water resources practitioners on board.
We all know that water is unevenly distributed throughout the world. With only 1% of the world’s freshwater (2.5%) being easily accessible and about 650 million people in the world “not having access to safe water” (WaterAid America, 2016), we all should be taking water sustainability and the whole idea of ensuring water for all very seriously.
I recently read a post in the Water Efficiency Magazine entitled “Supply and Demand: Does Water Capitalism Offer a Solution?” by Laura Sanchez which looked at the whole idea of water capitalism and the assertion by some that water should be allocated according to modern economic priorities i.e. urban and industrial usage rather than agricultural purposes.
At the end of the article though, the author asked persons to give their thoughts on such an idea. In my opinion, I think by placing such a valuable resource, as water, in the same arena as wealth and finance, there could be detrimental impacts to those in the poorer economical bracket. I mean hasn’t anyone been paying attention to the scale of things: the major reason why some countries don’t have proper water resources and even sanitation is due to the fact that they don’t have the financial means to do so.
However, I’m curious to see where such an idea could lead, and I’m sure many other persons are curious as well, however, I do hope that the old adage “curiosity killed the cat” doesn’t hold true…(you know since water is life and if we can’t afford it we would be doomed)
What do you guys think…should water capitalism be seen as a scary thought or a very welcome solution?