Many countries from different parts of the world highly regard water systems resiliency and sustainability as one of the most crucial challenges the water industry faces. Among the sophisticated and interrelated issues that these countries have encountered are climate change, evolving regulations and technologies, population growth, and water pollution.
Fortunately, the interconnectivity of these issues has led to the concept of a unified water management approach.
Unified water management is crucial to resolving key challenges and issues surrounding the water market. Such an approach entails holistically approaching the water systems to the point of viewing the entire water cycle (water supply, stormwater).
Perhaps the excellent part of applying an “integrated systems” model is a guaranteed brighter outcome for communities, the economy, and – most importantly – the environment.
Even though the unified water management approach sounds straightforward, it’s difficult when you implement it – even more so if the institutions and regulations in some countries bolster the conventional methods focusing exclusively on “one system component at a time.”
Still, water service providers in affected countries will make strategic decisions and crucial investments throughout the next decade. They will incorporate unified water management with their existing systems to meet growing service expectations, promote environmental sustainability, and attain climate change resiliency.