Water Management: A Critical Business Process In Today's World

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Water Management: A Critical Business Process In Today's World

Water is a critical resource that is vital in various industries and sectors. Effective tracking and management of water and wastewater are becoming increasingly important due to growing global concerns about water scarcity and environmental issues. Comprehensive water management solutions are more significant than ever before.

Compliance with mandatory climate-related financial disclosures is increasingly crucial for organizations. Governments and investors prioritize water-related metrics to assess short-term performance and long-term investment viability. As part of climate-related financial reporting, organizations must disclose information on water extraction, usage and discharge. In the EU, more than 50,000 firms are subject to these regulations following the approval of new requirements in the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). This regulatory focus on water is driven by the growing recognition of water scarcity and its potential impact on profitability and investment prospects, especially for resource-intensive industries. Consequently, monitoring water and wastewater is essential for managing financial performance and mitigating risks.

Regulatory compliance and minimizing environmental impact are key considerations in water and wastewater management. The regulatory landscape is evolving, with governments imposing stricter measures and penalties for non-compliance in water and wastewater management. Utilities and wastewater facilities face pressure to upgrade infrastructure to meet the demands of growing populations, urbanization and recycling requirements. Therefore, effective water management is crucial to ensure regulatory compliance, minimize environmental impact and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.

Water scarcity is a growing global concern, with UN projections indicating a significant decrease in renewable water resources due to climate change. To secure a resilient water future, organizations must prioritize long-term planning and sustainability. Improved climate and hydraulic modelling enable a better understanding of precipitation patterns and groundwater availability. By monitoring water usage and discharge, organizations can identify areas for improvement and strategically allocate investments to align with sustainability goals. Effective water management solutions support ESG and net zero targets, especially in water-scarce regions, enhancing operational feasibility and contributing to sustainable growth.

Industries have specific water management needs that require customized solutions. For example, the energy and mining sectors depend heavily on water, and encounter distinct challenges regarding permits and finances. EHS software providers offer integrated water modules as part of comprehensive solutions, ensuring compliance with regulations across various countries. Moreover, major players in the water industry have developed their own in-house solutions, collaborating with organizations to streamline water management throughout project life cycles.

To delve deeper into the complexities of water management and explore the latest solutions in the market, you can read more in our report Strategic Focus: Critical Water Technology For EHS.

April Choy


April is an Analyst at Verdantix in the Verdantix EHS practice. Her current research agenda focuses on emerging technologies and the impact of software on the EHS function. Prior to joining Verdantix, April completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, where she specialized in integrated water management.