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Title: The role of communication in the deployment of water loss and energy management strategies: the experience of collaborative research with water utilities
Authors: Ribeiro, R.
Alegre, H.
Loureiro, D.
Mamade, A.
Keywords: Collaborative projects;Communication;Energy efficiency;Self-assessment;Water loss management;Water utilities
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Abstract: Water utilities have to deal with different challenges including ageing infrastructures, demand variability, climate change and increased societal expectations. This paper aims at outlining potential synergies between communication promotion and the implementation of a structured approach to enhance water loss and energy management in water utilities. The use of a structured approach in the decision-making process leverages knowledge production from various stakeholders, enabling them to propose solutions for the challenges faced by the water utilities. Collaboration is essential to achieve improvements in the long-term by breaking down information silos and boundaries resulting from functional specialism. In the scope of the iPerdas 2014 project, seventeen Portuguese water utilities followed a joint training and capacity building approach to work strategically with water loss and energy efficiency issues. The benefits of implementing a comprehensive communication framework are presented, highlighting the interconnected nature of barriers to energy and water efficiency and the need to address these barriers in a holistic manner. The paper concludes with the presentation of some lessons learned regarding the promotion of communication in collaborative projects.
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