Decentralizing water management offers a sustainable approach and can be scaled to serve current and future plans
Decentralized water infrastructure refers to a water or wastewater treatment system that is located where the wastewater is generated, rather than at a farther, central location. A decentralized system is a practical and cost-effective solution for small communities, holiday resorts, and rural developments, as well as commercial and industrial sites in remote locations.
Decentralized wastewater treatment systems range from simple septic systems that discharge effluent into the surrounding soil to technologies that treat wastewater to a quality that can safely be released into waterways or recycled for reuse.
Sustainable Water Management Through Decentralization
Decentralized treatment presents a sustainable approach to water management because treated wastewater remains where it was sourced and used, and typically recharges aquifers when released into the environment.
Moreover, decentralized systems increasingly recycle wastewater effluent for various purposes like irrigation and toilet flushing. This reduces the demand for water from natural sources. Additionally, treated effluent can recharge groundwater or support rivers and wetlands, thereby preserving precious freshwater sources, particularly in arid regions.
Flexible Growth With Packaged Plants and Leasing Options
With the demand for water constantly increasing, and water scarcity a growing problem, there is a greater need to manage water resources sustainably. A decentralized water treatment system that is properly designed, operated, and maintained can help protect the environment, conserve water resources, and provide communities with a renewable source of water.
However, for such a system to be effective, it must be carefully planned for the needs of the community it will serve. Technological, social, economic, and environmental issues must be identified. One of the key benefits of a decentralized modular treatment system is that it can be sized according to the community’s immediate needs and scaled up later. This offers a significant cost benefit, allowing a project to start off small and grow according to future demand.
In particular, packaged treatment systems provide an opportunity for communities planning new development to meet their current needs without risking uncertainty regarding future demand. Instead of investing in expensive traditional infrastructure that may need replacement when demand increases, leasing a water or wastewater treatment plant is a flexible solution. This allows for efficient scaling, aligning capacity with growth.
Outsourcing Risks and Expertise
Another emerging trend in decentralized water management is the outsourcing of services to a team of trained professionals who build, operate, and maintain the infrastructure on their client’s behalf. This affordable solution allows water infrastructure to be provided without any upfront capital.
Seven Seas Water Group’s Water-as-a-Service® partnerships allow clients to get the water services they need within a defined budget. They pay only for the water they use or produce. Seven Seas’ water management services include advanced water purification, desalination, wastewater treatment, recycling wastewater for reuse, and more.
Customized Solutions for Reliable Water Supply
Our team of experts will design a customized solution or upgrade existing water infrastructure to ensure a reliable supply of water, or provide sustainably managed wastewater treatment that complies with all environmental, health, and safety regulations.
Get the infrastructure you need now with no upfront cost. Contact Seven Seas to find out more about our Water-as-a-Service® partnerships and how this approach can offer decentralized water management services to under-resourced communities.
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