The Way Forward for the Global Water Industry

The water as a service approach can speed up access to safe water and sanitation globally

Having access to a reliable source of safe drinking water is imperative for communities to stay healthy and thrive. However, the quality of natural water resources is often compromised when inadequately treated wastewater is discharged into the environment. Inadequate wastewater treatment combined with poor water treatment infrastructure can be a recipe for disaster. 

While water and wastewater treatment services are essential, the cost of providing these services can be prohibitively expensive. When funds are lacking, communities may not be able to access the services they need, industrial companies may hold back on purchasing wastewater treatment equipment, and aging infrastructure may not be repaired or upgraded in good time. All of these can pose a significant risk to the environment and to human health, and in a worst-case scenario, can lead to outbreaks of potentially fatal diseases, such as a cholera outbreak now facing South Africa.

Understandably, municipalities with limited budgets and companies concerned about cash flow may not wish to make large capital outlays to purchase or upgrade water or wastewater treatment infrastructure. However, a lack of ready cash doesn’t have to be a stumbling block. Many companies and municipalities are now opting for outsourced water treatment service, such as that offered by Seven Seas Water Group, because they typically require no upfront capital outlay.

As the original provider of the water as a service approach, Seven Seas gives businesses and municipalities the water or wastewater treatment they need with no upfront capital investment. These arrangements tend to have no running costs, maintenance costs, or other hidden expenses. Instead, clients only pay for the water they use or produce. With such water treatment services, businesses and municipalities partner with experts to achieve their goals, while also realizing cost savings through solutions such as water recycling.

By outsourcing water treatment to industry professionals, clients are guaranteed a reliable water supply without having to spend time and money on it themselves. Instead, they can focus on their core operations while their water and wastewater treatment services are managed, operated, and maintained by those whose primary business it is. 

Water as a service partnerships offer a cost-effective solution for overcoming many of the challenges associated with providing a steady supply of safe water: growing demand, aging infrastructure, increased risk of water scarcity, strict regulatory requirements, and the removal of contaminants.

Furthermore, a wide range of water treatment services can be outsourced. In the case of Seven Seas, these include desalination, advanced water purification, wastewater treatment, and water reuse, and each of these solutions can be customized according to the client’s specific needs. 

Opting for a water as service partnership gives clients the quality and volume of water they need within a set budget and without the risk of running into cash-flow problems down the line. By putting water management in the hands of experts — ones who are responsible for compliance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations and standards — clients can rest assured that the water they produce and use is safe. 

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