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Risk Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Tom Stephenson
Tom Stephenson
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Simon J.T. Pollard
Simon J.T. Pollard
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January 2008

The provision of safe drinking water and the protection of public health and the environment through the treatment of wastewaters is increasingly informed by risk-based decision-making.

Aspects of utility management such as process design and optimisation, asset management and compliance monitoring rely on a mature understanding of process risk within a broader context of business and environmental risk management.

For operators, risk management is now regarded as a key business function. Understanding risk and being able to implement risk management is critical to the provision of safe drinking water. As part of a move towards a more strategic, forward looking approach to utility management, the IWA is promoting a risk-based approach to water utility management, from catchment to tap, through the implementation of the Bonn Charter (2004).

  • Why manage risk?

  • Basic probability and statistics

  • Process risk and reliability analysis

  • Assessing risks beyond the unit process boundary

  • Regulating water utility risks

  • Business risk management for water and wastewater utilities

  • Managing opportunity and reputational risk

  • Embedding better decision-making within utilities

Having provided rationale for the importance of risk management, the text begins with the familiar territory of unit processes and process reliability. It then broadens out to consider, first environmental then organisational risk management. The final sections are concerned with better utility decision-making.

This title belongs to Water and Wastewater Process Technologies Series

ISBN: 9781780401980 (eBook)

ISBN: 9781843391371 (Print)

Risk Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities
By: Tom Stephenson, Simon J.T. Pollard
ISBN (electronic): 9781780401980
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2008

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