Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
conference reviews Costs and Price: • The cost of regulation, both from a regulatory oversight and resourcing perspective and from a system validation and auditing perspective, was seen as important by all groups. • The limitations of an inflexible price regulation system was seen as important by regulators/planners, sustainability advocates and public utilities, but was not a high priority of private investors. • Knowing how to allocate and share costs and risks and rewards was a high priority for everyone. Risk and Uncertainty: • Unsurprisingly, the planners/regulator group was particularly concerned with clearly identifying and understanding how to manage the risks. • The private industry rated capacity building and having a minimum or accepted level for operators and training as highly important; however, this area also received votes from every sector as being important. The process for ranking both in the positive and the negative provided some useful distinctions. In general there was limited voting in the negative. One of the main areas to attract a negative vote was the potential of the private sector cherry-picking profitable schemes and leaving the expensive ones to the general customer base. This category clearly demonstrated the difference in perspectives because only the private investors rated this as not important, and only the public utilities rated it as important. Using different colours for the different perspectives was also a useful exercise, as it was very valuable to see where an issue was seen as important from a range of perspectives, and where it was the focus of only one or two groups. Overall the workshop provided a great opportunity for a range of participants from different backgrounds, interests and perspectives to engage in open and robust discussion on the key limiting factors for investment in small systems. It was agreed that having the opportunity to engage in these forums is rare, but very valuable. As this workshop was held at the Small Water and Wastewater Systems Conference most (but not all) of the participants were advocates of small systems. In this context it was useful for participants to clearly identify what could limit investment in small systems and for whom these limits were most important. This will prove extremely useful in guiding work to overcome these limitations. Acknowledgements The Author would like to take the opportunity to thank all the workshop participants for their input, which will be integrated into the findings of her PhD. A big thank you to the kind volunteers who each took on a particular role for the debate and provided great points from a particular perspective. Our volunteers included: Kurt Dahl (Permeate Partners – private investor perspective), Bhakti Devi (City of Sydney – sustainability advocate perspective), Simon Fane (Metropolitan Water Directorate – urban planners perspective), Ted Gardner (Central Queensland University – health perspective), Cynthia Mitchell (UTS – researcher) and Django Seccombe (Sydney Water – utility perspective) The Author Rachel Watson is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sustainable Futures investigating ‘the full range of costs and benefits of distributed recycled water systems’. TOMAL operates in Australia as a division of ProMinent Fluid Controls Pty Ltd Unit 4, 4 Narabang Way, BELROSE, NSW 2085, AUSTRALIA • phone +61 2 9450 0995 • fax +61 2 9450 0996 • email: email@example.com • www.tomal.com.au TOMAL® METERING SYSTEMS ProMinent® ProMinent makes polymer handling easy with Tomal. Small Bags, vacuum transfer empties a 20 kg bag in 90 seconds. Bulk Bags, dust free connection, fork lift or electric hoist & trolley loading; integrated into the polymer system or remote with auto-fill via vacuum transfer. Bulk Storage Hopper, fill via bulk bag or pneumatic transfer; integrated into the polymer system or remote with auto-fill via vacuum transfer. Peace of mind with complete ProMinent support including polymer dosing pump skids, design, fabrication, installation and after sales service.
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