Ideas

Ideas to strengthen public water and sanitation institutions, to increase efficiency, effectiveness and, to ensure the sustained provision of safely managed drinking water and sanitation.

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Eliminate free-riders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6

By John Sitton | November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Eliminate free-riders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6

To achieve SDG 6, water and sanitation utilities must be financially sound. To increase their financial resources, utilities must both increase efficiency — do more with less — and find ways to increase their total cash inflows. In many countries operations and maintenance of combined systems are often funded solely by tariffs charged to sewerage customers, meaning that stormwater […]

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Adopting “Condo” law could help to ensure sustainable management of water utility infrastructure

By John Sitton | October 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Adopting “Condo” law could help to ensure sustainable management of water utility infrastructure

Condominiums in the United States must maintain financial reserves to repair and replace their infrastructure. By adopting similar laws, water and sanitation utilities — especially those in low-income and low-middle-income countries which cannot handle the financial shock of unplanned major infrastructure repairs or replacements – could help to ensure sustainability of their services. https://medium.com/@john.sitton/adopting-condo-law-could-help-to-ensure-sustainable-management-of-water-utility-infrastructure-ca8acc7d8577

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How using and old tariff design could help improve water service in developing countries

By John Sitton | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on How using and old tariff design could help improve water service in developing countries

Old tariff designs – before the introduction of meters – used the number of physical water fixtures in a household to charge domestic customers for water services. The same technique could be used today to classify poor customers, who have fewer water fixtures, from wealthier customers, thus enabling water utilities to establish separate poor-customer-tariffs and thus charge […]

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Creating a virtuous circle – addressing GHG emissions from landfills and WWTPs enhances environmental and human health

By Joe Atchue | August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Creating a virtuous circle – addressing GHG emissions from landfills and WWTPs enhances environmental and human health

Poor waste management practices contribute not only to human and environmental health problems but also to global warming. This article describes how relatively small investments would pay off in decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhanced human and ecosystem health by lowering fecal (and other) pollution in both groundwater and surface water. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/creating-virtuous-circle-addressing-ghg-emissions-from-joe-atchue

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