Save Water, Save Money, and Create Jobs
Miya has conducted over 150 successful water efficiency projects around the world, significantly reducing water losses and improving efficiency.
Miya’s projects have proven to save water and save the utilities’ money, improve customer service levels, create local jobs, reduce energy consumption and lower contamination and health risks. For example, Miya has already connected 3 million more people in multiple cities worldwide to their urban systems using the water saved through comprehensive efficiency projects. In São Paulo, one metering project increased utility revenues by $18 million dollars, freeing up funds to re-invest in necessary infrastructure projects. In the Bahamas, In just the first year of the project (2012-2013), the utility customers receive consistent water supply at a reasonable pressure level. Leak detection teams were deployed into high leakage zones throughout New Providence, and have already located and repaired hundreds of leaks. Most recently, two significant leaks were found and repaired within just two weeks. The first leak lost 238,000 MIGD, enough to supply water to 6,578 people each day. If such a leak were to run for a year, the value of the water lost would equal a million dollars!
“Last year, with two desalination facilities running at full capacity, we had to ration water,” said Laville, the general manager for the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation (W.S.C.). “Within nine months of starting this project, we got to a point where we no longer had to ration the water. And we’re now at a point where we can tell the desalination plant to cut back on their supply.”
In York, Canada, a five year water efficiency program saved 975,000 kWh/year, the equivalent of 263,000 kg of reduced CO2 emissions per year. In South Africa, water savings of 50 million m3, which translates to more than US$20 million and water quality in multiple municipalities in the Gauteng region markedly improved as a result of efficiency initiatives. In Manila, over 450 local Filipino engineers were trained in efficiency work and are employed now by the utility.