Compliance and quality analysts are water utilities’ great unsung heroes. They work relentlessly at collecting, gathering and checking data - often repetitively and certainly obsessively by fear of non-compliance, by fear of missing something. Should they urge their management to make the permitting process more efficient, water utilities could be on the path to true sustainability…
All too often, water utilities see permit compliance as a hurdle they must jump to fulfill their mission: providing clean water efficiently and at a reasonable cost. But how could utilities better plan for compliance as an end product? All signs point to data as a keystone.
Pollution of waters has steadily worsened, with new realities in the headlines frequently. As technology has increased the ability of nations and private actors to use and misuse waterways, we see the adage that water does not obey jurisdictional boundaries made frighteningly manifest.
Klir CEO David Lynch will be speaking at World Water-Tech North America, the centerpiece event of Ontario Water Innovation Week, on October 24th.
Through WaterStart, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will implement our Klir software technology as part of a pilot project aimed at increasing the efficiency of water management, and more specifically the management of their environmental permits.
With the explosion of technology and newly available data, along with the spectre of severe resource limitations and environmental problems, water utility planners worldwide are focusing on making their systems “smart.” But what does it mean for a water utility’s systems to be “smart?”
Compliance should be seen as the product, and as such, as the core purpose of a water utility. Yet, there is often a disconnect between the spirit of regulations and their practical implementation on the ground. And this often results in an onerous burden on water service providers.