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Private operators do add value to water service. But what is it?

19-04-2017

When asked what value private operators bring to the provision of water services, the usual answers tend to follow the lines of managerial expertise, technology, and finance. But these answers and arguments are vague and ambiguous at the best of times: Public utilities are highly competent managerial wise, there are many instances of them adopting …

The deteriorating water crisis

17-04-2017

The World Economic Forum had announced in 2015 that the water crisis was the top global risk threatening the world using a calculated impact on society as a measure of devastation caused. Now in 2017, the crisis has not improved. In fact, it has gotten worse in many developing countries. Presently, more than one billion people are living without …

Editor’s pickBefore, water shortage forced a city in India to look underground. Now, fearing the water may run out, they are looking at alternate sources of water

17-04-2017

In a Bengaluru neighbourhood, workmen dig a recharge well in order to replenish the underground water supplies drained by unregulated wells. Photo credit: Patralekha Chatterjee Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, a metropolis 11 million people call home in India, contains thriving start-ups, software giants and multinational corporations …

The problem with our ghosts

17-04-2017

Kansas City in Missouri is not the only metropolis haunted by water’s spectral form. A precious, limited resource, it is crucial not just financially, but for all life forms as well. Every drop of water that has been treated and regarded as drinkable is named revenue water. Water is measured and the consumers pay to use the water, generating …

Editor’s pickWater may be considered a human right, but who will give it?

13-04-2017

Pope Francis’ declaration that safe, drinkable water is a human right should be taken to heart by both the public and private sectors. After all, the issue should be given a central position in business and policy decision-making, famed water expert Asit Biswas, a founder of the International Resources Association and World Water Council, …

Oklahoma: New water recycling plant

12-04-2017

The new facility in Kingfisher County is expected to recycle 30,000 barrels of water a day. Photo credit: Newfield Exploration Newfield Exploration Company announced on Friday, 31st March, that it has begun construction of a new water recycling facility in its Sooner Trend Anadarko Basin Canadian and Kingfisher Counties (STACK) play located in …

Cape Town opposes long-term desalination as drought hits

12-04-2017

The government of Cape Town is ratifying a string of measures that include desalination, tariff hikes, and wastewater reuse has they buckle down and attempt to alleviate the consequences of a drought that has brought the city’s water supply to the breaking point – the metropolis only enough water to for less than a hundred days. The …

FCC’s reservoir contract is to be rescinded

11-04-2017

The Spanish government’s embattled water infrastructure procurement company, Acuamed, has disclosed that it will revoke a €194 million (US$206 million) contract it signed with Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) in 2008 to cleanse the Flix reservoir. Acuamed has various contracts – including its contract with FCC – …