Supplying drinking water to the population and treating
wastewater are two very important global challenges. On a daily basis, system planners,
designers and operators are required to keep the global increase in water consumption
under control in the face of growing water shortages and the salination of fresh water
resources. As industry experts for water applications, we offer powerful, innovative
technical solutions to assist you.
The water industry provides drinking water and wastewater
services (including sewage treatment) to residential, commercial, and industrial sectors
of the economy. The water industry includes manufacturers and suppliers of bottled
water. Water privatization by companies in the water industry is becoming an issue as
water security threatens local communities.
The modern water industry operates sophisticated and costly
water and wastewater networks and sewage treatment plants, and typically consumes 1-2%
of GDP. It is generally a natural monopoly, and as a result is usually run as a public
service by a public utility which is owned by local or national government. In some
countries, notably France, the UK and the Czech Republic, the water industry is
regulated but services are largely operated by private companies with exclusive rights
for a limited period and a well-defined geographical space.
Integrated water system (water supply, sewerage (sanitation)
system, and wastewater treatment) - by far the most common Separation by function (e.g.
Dutch system where sewerage run by city, water supply by municipal or provincial
companies, and water treatment by water boards), though some Water Supply Companies have
merged beyond municipal or provincial borders. Other separation (e.g. Munich, where
separation into three companies for bulk water supply, water and wastewater network
operations, and retail).