The Utility-Squared Project: Design Framework for Achieving the Sustainable Centralization of Municipal Utility Services in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets

  • 2017

The Utility-Squared Project: Design Framework for Achieving the Sustainable Centralization of Municipal Utility Services in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets

Author:
Robert Hanlon
Abstract:

The modern, urbanized society has become reliant on five key services to sustain a healthy and functioning populace, at any measurable scale; (1) access to a stable food supply, (2) availability of treated (potable) water, (3) the effective removal and treatment of wastewater, (4) the proper disposal of municipal solid waste, and (5) the availability of usable energy (e.g. electricity, fuel). As the recent decade has demonstrated, the stability and global status of a nation at large may be compromised if these services are interrupted, compromised, or simply not provided at the necessary capacities. The Utility2 Project presented in this paper represents the framework for an organization, comprised of two components; the U1 Program and U2 Facility, which deliver the five key services for an underserviced population. While developed countries and societies benefit from an established and functioning system of utility infrastructure and provisions, the prospective Target Locations for this design study are not as fortunate; the Utility2 Project implements a grass-roots approach in developing regions, presently void of such services or providers, like so many that currently exist in emerging markets and developing countries (e.g. India, southeast Asia, Eastern Europe), along with the many war-torn regions left without functioning municipalities and infrastructure. Using a combination of novel technologies, Big-Picture engineering, and a Projectized Organization with non-profit-values, the Utility2 Project’s objective is to provide a readily feasible solution to this global problem.