Latin America: Why are water companies trying to save energy?

In Latin America, a massive 45% of water is lost before it reaches the customer. This non-revenue water not only compounds the challenge of increasing drinking water access, it also represents a huge loss of energy.

Water and sanitation companies around the globe consume around 4% of the total energy produced worldwide, but lose up to four fifths of that energy between plant and tap.

According to the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, (ESMAP) energy efficiency measures can help water utilities reduce energy costs by 5 and 25%.

Less water lost, more revenue

Energy efficiency programs have become increasingly relevant for water companies in Latin America.

“Reducing water losses is the most effective way for utilities to generate higher income and increase their supplies of potable water,” explained Gesner Oliveira, an Expert on non-revenue water in Brazil.

The most efficient use of energy and water are intrinsically connected, but among Latin America’s water companies, there is currently limited know-how on how to best build programs to promote energy efficiency.

Successes such as these show a strong interest to improve and build more energy-efficient and less wasteful networks.

What’s more, by sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge, companies and local governments across Latin America now have a practical starting point from which to begin to improve the region’s water management.

Source | World Bank

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