In the global golfing industry, water management is a key topic. With 35000 golf courses globally, efficient water management and irrigation of the course could have an enormous impact on the natural environment and biodiversity. Between-us developed a monitor to measure key sustainability indicators at golf courses, including water management. Through benchmarking and educational material, global golf courses can learn from others and become more efficient in their water usage.
Global and local water-related challenges are becoming increasingly severe due to climate change, population growth, industrialization and urbanization. Flooding is the most disastrous type of local challenge and causes significant problems in human livelihood. A particularly difficult situation occurs when the amount of water to be treated exceeds the capacity of the unit. Then untreated water needs to be led directly to the environment.
The Living Springs support sustainable development projects in water purification and water treatment, manage the installation of purification water systems in the emerging countries and offer assessment and ongoing consulting support in the area of renewable energies such as water, electricity, sanitation, etc. The Living Springs works with public as private actors, small communities, NGOs, villages and international institutions.
1001 fontaines is a non profit organization (created in 2004) working actively to improve access to safe drinking water in developing countries. 1001 fontaines’ vision is to create, in each target village, a community-based professional and sustainable activity enabling villagers to drink totally safe water, every day, therefore directly impacting their health by eliminating one of the major sources of water-borne diseases. This approach relies on two core ideas: simple technologies and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Plant is the first large plant to be built in Brazil in almost three decades – it will be one of the largest in the country in energy generation. In spite of – and precisely because of – its location in midst of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, it is an example that energy can de generated sustainably. In addition to the innovative aspects of the activities implemented and results obtained, the importance of this power plant lies in the fact that all activities are economically viable and replicable, creating new perspectives in renewable energy generation with sustainable water management in the Amazon.
Implementation of a Closed-Cycle System for Use in the Extraction of Water from Wet Ash at Jorge Lacerda Coal-fired Power Plant
The interconnection project of the ash extraction system in the Jorge Lacerda Coal-Fired Power Plant resulted in a 95% reduction in water consumption at the three Plant Units. Through an innovative system, Tractebel Energia has drastically reduced the volume of water collected from the Tubarão River for the extraction of wet ash.
In South Australia, at a fixed time interval every year four times a year, the NRM (Natural Resource Management) levy is imposed and presented to house owners in their council rates. The NRM levy is collected by councils and forwarded directly to the relevant NRM board rather than to the government treasury. The NRM levy is currently struck on the value of property/properties (NRM Act 2004, Section 95) and presented to the public as a separate line on their council rate notice, to help take care of local natural resources, such as water, soil, the marine environment, native plants and animals.
The Integral Basic Sanitation (SABA) Model is a successful experience of coordination between public and private actors for the sustainable management of water and sanitation services in the rural highland of Peru. The innovative management model has been validated in two regions of the country (Cusco in south Perú and Cajamarca in north Perú) over a 15-year period with the active participation and involvement of key water and sanitation actors in the country.
The SABA Model integrates the construction of suitable water supply schemes and the professionalization of water user associations. It includes a consumption based cost recovery system including both operations and maintenance costs. It includes a system of water quality assurance supervised by the health authority. It also includes a sensitization program in schools and among the wider population in order to induce a change in sanitary behaviors with education authority.
Promote and upscale voluntary standards and certification schemes to demonstrate compliance with sustainable water management requirements.
Voluntary standards and certification can contribute to a change in water management practices at the farm and factory levels. Through market benefits, certified companies would be incentivized to improve their production techniques. Some existing voluntary standards and certification require compliance with a number of rules aiming at the protection of water rights and resources, both from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. Credible standards shall be developed through a multi-stakeholder dialog and consensus building, as prescribed by ISEAL Codes of Conduct and include strict implementation systems (chain of custody management, rules for accreditation and certification, communication and claims).
From the earliest days of the rural water supply in Guinea, the authorities decided to standardise the manual pumps (by limiting the number of suppliers to 2), to give each supplier a geographical area and to favour the manual pump solution for villages of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants. In addition, each supplier was strongly encouraged to establish an after-sales service network, including available spare parts as close as possible to the users, and training of local repairmen for maintenance, throughout the territory concerned.