The Case for Innovative Waste Water Management in Canada
Innovative Waste Water Management Technologies
Decision making in the face of scientific uncertainty is one of the challenges that face technology industries. While this problem exists in the field of technology, the housing industry also faces this difficulty, especially when it comes to the development of environmentally friendly technologies that face the risk of rejection in the market. For instance, the installation of more innovative waste water and residential water management systems in the Canada was one of the technological advancements that were faced with the decision challenge in historical times. A research carried out by the Housing Corporation to determine the potential demand and effectiveness of a new technologically advanced waste water management system gave the implication that despite being cost effective in some areas, various other aspects still existed for consideration (Waller, 2000).
Balancing between the pros and cons of the proposed waste water treatment technologies led to a case of indecisiveness in that the housing corporation would not want to deny the citizens an opportunity to advance technologically on the basis of high capital costs and low demand in some of the areas. Waller (2000) asserts that obtaining funding for supporting the project in all the areas would be tricky for the provincial housing corporation. This implied that the management of the corporation had to decide between balancing out the costs, carrying out the upgrade in phases, and ignoring other potentially unprofitable areas.
In studying the case of various towns within the country, the National Housing Corporation came to the realization that the proposed technology was more cost effective in some areas than in others. The major causes of the ineffectiveness where it existed were that the need for fire operations water demanded that extra cost be incurred in those areas. Moreover, it was also ascertained that the citizens in areas where the costs were high also offered the greatest laxity in the adoption of the advanced wastewater treatment technology. On the other hand, the corporation also found out that the advanced technologies would be more effective in other aspects, such as the quality of treated water and operation costs. While both situations required that the corporation treads carefully, common challenges also existed to the project. Examples of challenges that were cited by the corporation as potential hindrances to the development of new technology included political and legislative aspects, public outlook, and risks, such as further technological advancement in the wastewater treatment sector.
To ensure they are not left behind by technology, the housing corporation needed to adopt the newest wastewater treatment technologies for the citizens and progress with the contemporary advancements. To achieve this, the corporation had given proposals on what it intended to do to achieve its objectives. The options available to the corporation were to skip areas with intensive demand for municipal fire water systems, and begin the actual innovative technology development in areas where the principal costs were more favorable. The most ethically optimal closure to the case would have been to incorporate the technology in a few areas and let residents experience its effectiveness prior to expansion into other areas. This was likely to happen as some of the outlined options given by the housing corporation involved multi stage development. Moreover, this would also enable the corporation to raise its esteem in the public opinion as well as avoid scandalous situations in case any of the technology development stages fails.
Waller, D. (2000). Case Studies of Potential Applications of Innovative Residential Water and Waste Water Technologies. Research Highlights. Retrieved from https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/publications/en/rh-pr/tech/99116.htm