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Title: Factors in reliable treatment plant operation for the production of safe water
Authors: Hendry, Bruce A.
Keywords: Problem-solving;Water;Systems;Safety;Operation;Arsenic
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer
Source: Hendry, B.A. (2010).Factors in reliable treatment plant operation for the production of safe water. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, ) 32:353–359
Abstract: This contribution to the International Congress on Production of Safe Water, Izmir, Turkey, 20–24 January, 2009, relates to general aspects of a water supply undertaking rather than to particular technologies or chemistries for water treatment. The paper offers a ‘‘creative problem solving’’ approach following Fogler and LeBlanc (Strategies for creative problem solving. Prentice Hall, NJ, 1995) as a model for generating sustainable solutions when water quality and safety problems arise. Such a structured approach presents a systematic methodology that can promote communication and goal-sharing across the inter-related, but often isolated and dispersed, functions of water scientists and researchers, engineers, operations managers, government departments and communities. A problem-solving strategy, or ‘‘heuristic’’, invokes five main steps (define; generate; decide; implement; evaluate). Associated with each step are various creative and enabling techniques, many of which are quite familiar to us in one form or another, but which we can use more effectively in combination and through our increased awareness and practice. For example, taking a fresh view of a problem can be promoted by a variety of ‘‘lateral thinking’’ tools.
ISSN: 0269-4042
Appears in Collections:Eng - Journal articles (DHET subsidised)

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