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Wastewater Management Why Wastewater Management is the Need of the Hour

Author / Editor: Pankaj Mishra / Dominik Stephan

With conventional sources of water under huge stress, one is compelled to consider long term plans for better management of the valuable natural resource in the world...

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Water needs to be appropriately managed to meet the challenges of ensuring its availability to all people across the globe.
Water needs to be appropriately managed to meet the challenges of ensuring its availability to all people across the globe.
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Today, 1.2 billion people call India home, 377.1 million of them live in cities. In the next 40 years, India’s population is expected to grow by nearly half a billion. In the next two decades alone, 225 million more people are forecasted to be living in Indian cities. These staggering numbers offer us a clear picture of the acute pressure that ever growing population shall put on the most essential natural resource—water— the demand for which will keep rising each day, even as its supplies decline annually.

Water is increasingly being viewed as a strategic resource and if India can deploy adequate technology to treat water, it could significantly expand its water supply and as better water means better public health and economic development. Knowing well the severe pressure due to its universal demand and diminishing supplies, water needs to be appropriately managed to meet the challenges of ensuring its availability to all people across the globe in reasonable quantities.

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Challenges in Administering Clean Water

In doing so, authorities need to address the hurdles that come in the way of making available clean drinking water for all citizens; ensuring there are adequate water treatment and wastewater management plants; available water supply, both for potable and non-potable use. Our economy, industry and most importantly, our people, would reap the benefits.

Today’s municipalities and utilities are leveraging turnkey solutions through performance contracting to make vast improvements across their water and wastewater facilities, guaranteeing system performance and energy savings.
Today’s municipalities and utilities are leveraging turnkey solutions through performance contracting to make vast improvements across their water and wastewater facilities, guaranteeing system performance and energy savings.
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Be that as it may basically tending to such issues is not sufficient. As water has customarily been a free asset for centuries, water and wastewater utilities need to address these challenges cost effectively, especially because the water market is fiercely competitive and cost constrained. Besides, water management has to be carried out amidst rising energy costs whereas water quality, energy conservation and waste emission norms grow more stringent.

Energy Consumption: The Core Challenge of Water Management

Against this complex backdrop, Schneider Electric helps customers curb operating costs, while simultaneously meeting the challenges of water quality, sustainable development and stringent regulations.

In such a scenario, energy consumption is the core challenge that helps address the other issues, since it accounts for 30 per cent of such facilities’ operating costs.

These costs can be controlled by making processes more efficient. For example, leakage, waste and carbon emissions all indicate that the processes have scope for improvement. Even when efficiencies are maximized, operating costs can still be high. The most effective, efficient and sustainable solution then lies in managing and optimizing energy usage.

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