From Commodity to Service: A New Way of Looking at Water Management

Aug 23, 2023
 by Seven Seas News Team

As we consider solutions to the issue of water access and sustainable use, one approach to water management that is gaining traction is the concept of service-based water treatment.

Water treatment as a service promotes sustainability and equitable access to water

World Water Week 2023 centers around innovation during a period of unparalleled challenges. The theme “Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World” encourages us to reconsider our approaches to water management.

Water is essential for all life on Earth, but it has been widely exploited with too little consideration given to its long-term viability. However, with growing concerns over water scarcity, pollution, and climate change, we are beginning to see a shift from traditional water management practices towards a more sustainable approach.

For centuries, we have treated water as an infinite resource that we can exploit with little thought for the consequences. The commodification and overexploitation of water has led to inefficient management practices, wasteful consumption, and unequal distribution.

As populations have grown and industries have expanded, the strain on water resources has become increasingly apparent. With only so much water to go around, water supplies are rapidly dwindling and we are now beginning to see alarming water scarcity in many regions, including some of the most populated cities around the world. It’s time for us to start valuing and managing this precious resource more responsibly.

The Paradigm Shift: Service-Based Water Treatment

As we consider solutions to the issue of water access and sustainable use, an approach that is gaining traction is one pioneered by Seven Seas Water Group — the concept of water treatment as a service. Water-as-a-Service® (WaaS®) challenges the commodification mindset, instead taking a service-orientated approach to water management, with a focus on equitable access and sustainability. By shifting our perspective on water from a commodity to a shared resource, we can work towards a future where everyone has access to clean water without sacrificing the health of our ecosystems.

As we work to address the challenges of water scarcity, pollution, and unequal access, the responsible management and conservation of our precious water resources can be guided by three key principles:

  • Sustainable Management: For water usage to be sustainable, watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, and water resources need to be protected to maintain their integrity and long-term viability. WaaS® can be a tool in promoting the responsible use of resources and long-term stewardship of aquatic ecosystems and freshwater resources.
  • Equitable Access: WaaS® can address disparities concerning access to water and distribution of water services, providing marginalized communities with fair and equitable access to a reliable and affordable source of safe water. By ensuring that everyone has access to clean water, we can create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Effective water management hinges largely on collaboration between various stakeholders, including businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and local communities. WaaS® establishes partnerships that can facilitate the sharing of knowledge, resources, and best practices, while also fostering collective action toward water sustainability.

Embracing the Water-as-a-Service® Mindset

As we transition from a commodity-based approach to water management to an approach that focuses on access and sustainability, an important tool is embracing water treatment as a service.

Under the old paradigm, when local water authorities, businesses, or other entities needed new water treatment infrastructure, it often meant going at it alone. A lack of ready money and expertise could put projects out of reach.

Under the WaaS® model, a specialized water company takes care of infrastructure and maintenance, with the client paying only for the water produced, at a set quantity, quality, and price. With service-based water treatment, public and private sectors can join forces to optimize water use and distribution.

We can all play a role in conserving our most precious resource. By working together, we can meet our present water needs while paving the way to a more resilient and thriving water future for our planet and all who live on it.

Contact Seven Seas to learn more about our service-based approach to water treatment and how it can serve you and your community or operation.

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