How do you compare the performance of water systems across the world?
Academics and water business professionals spend a lot of
time discussing differences in approaches to water management. The discussions are
the foundation for new ways to treat, convey or store water. The discussion may
compare water systems across nations. Water systems may deliver different
functions, e.g. potable vs non-potable water supply. And often water systems
are under different regulation schemes.
We find, that most of these comparisons use a basic set of
performance indicators such as cost or energy use per m3, flow
capacities, population served, and more. However, we hypothesize that the
comparisons are missing a whole suite of performance differences that may help
to understand the diversity and potential of water systems.
The aim of this study is to develop a comprehensive set of
performance indicators for water provision and compare selected water supply
systems in California and Northern Europe. Analysis of the data will provide unprecedented
insights on the efficiency of urban water systems.
This project will develop upon the existing Key Performance Indicators for water supplies in Denmark (See publication DANVA Water in Figures) and assess the current state of drinking water supply in Denmark and California. Notably, we are looking to include data on water quality and energy consumption to the assessment of the water systems.
Interest in environmental technology and management