Soundness of Water Industry
In recent years, water utilities owned by local governments have been put in difficult situation. It is arising from unsatisfied quality of tap water supplement on account of deterioration of the structure, population decline, deterioration in the quality of water and other problems. Accordingly, MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) has been recommending establishing “Local Water Supply Visions” which is consisted of future image of local water supply and the plans make it possible.
A prefectural government, Hokkaido launched “Hokkaido Water Supply Visions (provisional) “in 2010 and has been set a goal for its establishment in 2011.
Water utility service providers are commonly and strictly asked for accountability over serious accidents regarding water industry nowadays (For example, water outage due to high turbidity raw water inflow in Kitami City, Hokkaido). Therefore, sufficient measures and preparations against disaster are essential for water service providers. Also, another issue under consideration is that Japan is known to have frequent earthquakes throughout the year. We assume introduction of earthquake-resistance water utilities are necessary in accord with lessons learnt from The Great Hanshin Earthquake (1995), Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake (2004) and Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and that damaged water utilities have caused the victim’s inconvenience while living in the shelter. Based on these current conditions described above, water utility service providers are required to have good knowledge of existing infrastructure and to determine the way of utilize those infrastructures in the future. In other words, management strategy considering stock management and asset management are especially important today.
The Five Plans for Water Supply Vision
Benefits of the Vision Establishment
- Applying Performance Indicator (PI)
(Water Industry Guideline JWWA Q100) for analysis/evolution of current state of water industry would make it capable to compare to other industries and show problems and matters from there.
- Water Supply Visions follow a comprehensive series of steps from present state analyzing to actual planning to allow efficient management.
- Citizens would be able to access information such as basic policy or actual state of operation of water industry.
- It lets people have common understanding and goal regarding the future image of water supply, and collaborate in its capacity as one of the person in connection with water supply industry.
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