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Fifty shades of grey water: evaluating techno-economic performance of wastewater system operations

Settanni, E and Newnes, LB and Wright, J (2015) Fifty shades of grey water: evaluating techno-economic performance of wastewater system operations. In: 19th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, 2015-9-24 to 2015-9-25, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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Tightening of regulation on the quality of water and wastewater services often leads to the growth of capital expenditure in industry and higher bills for water customers. Applying an outcome-orientated approach to the economic regulation of the sector in England and Wales, shifts the focus away from how many assets a business has, towards whether a company is capable of delivering through its asset base, what ultimately matters to their customers. Although this approach sounds agreeable and almost common sense, its translation into metrics is a challenge with industry requiring a better understanding of the behavioural implications of a regulatory system built around outcomes. This paper contributes to the current debate on how to best address industry’s concerns, whilst meeting the regulator’s expectations. A way to reconcile performance measurement with a genuine outcome orientation by means of Input-Output Analysis (IOA) is outlined. IOA is identified as a suitable tool to manipulate the empirical data commonly available in industry for the purpose of tackling technical planning, environmental evaluation and costing problems for a multistage, multi-input, multi-output (and possibly multi-location) supply network. A simplified wastewater system underpinned by real-life industry data is used throughout the paper for illustrative purposes

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Input-Output Analysis Wastewater Treatment Services Performance Supply Network Modelling
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:01
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 06:54