The water and energy nexus

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The water and energy sectors are central to our business and we strive to connect these two fundamental services of a city. It isn’t new to consider both water and energy together (just ask the Romans and the Dutch), but the term ‘water-energy nexus’ is a relatively new one. It has its origins in America, when Peter Gleick documented the large water usage associated with energy generation. We view the water-energy nexus as more than solely using water to run centralised power systems.

For us this means three things:

  • Water and energy assessments at the household and precinct level are closely linked and must be considered concurrently.
  • Saving water means saving energy.
  • Saving energy means saving water.

There are significant benefits in working across both sectors, beyond the commodities and the infrastructure. We bring expertise from one sector and utilise it in the other.