07 December 2011

Speed blogging

  • From the UK: "Untapped Potential identifies reforms to regulatory arrangements for abstraction and water supply, to better protect rivers and natural environments at lower costs."

  • I just heard about this depressing problem:
    A lawsuit... accuses the U.S. Department of Energy of withholding a crucial study on how to solve the national confrontation between water supply and energy demand that was ordered up by Congress in 2005 and never made public.
  • More of a complement than substitute for IBNET: "The European Benchmarking Co-operation is an industry-based, not-for-profit benchmarking initiative for water services. It aims to facilitate water utilities in improving their performance and raising transparency."

  • Use this! "OpenEarth is a free and open source initiative to deal with Data, Models and Tools in marine & coastal engineering projects."

  • And this! "The SWITCH project looked towards water management in the 'city of the future' aimed to challenge existing paradigms and to find and promote more sustainable alternatives to the conventional ways of managing urban water." Here's a really great presentation [PDF] by Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, the director of SWITCH, on future urban water use that takes energy, transport, etc. into consideration (from this session at Bonn Rio+20).

  • (via Aquadoc), the National Water Commission Report of 1973 [PDF] had the answers, e.g.,
    The Commission addressed the important role of full cost pricing and user charges in the delivery of water and sewer services to customers. It noted that proper pricing would conserve scarce water supplies, discourage or delay investment in water infrastructure projects, and make the use of resources more efficient. The Commission recognized that utility regulation may be aimed at accomplishing multiple objectives, and only incidentally be concerned with conserving and efficiently using water supplies. Still, it recommended that water and sewerage charges should be based on the costs that users impose upon the system and the costs imposed on society from the loss of the use of the resource for other purposes.
    Shall we just print it out and get to work -- or do we need more studies?

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