Water

Water Conservation

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

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AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff  … Read More

Efficiency Is En Vogue

Efficiency Is En Vogue

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It takes about three years’ worth of drinking water—about 713 gallons—to make your favorite cotton T-shirt according to Kirsten James of Ceres. James recently toured New Fashion Products, a Los Angeles textile supplier, and discovered just how essential water is to the apparel industry’s supply chain—from growing plant fibers like  … Read More

How Social is Your Utility?

How Social is Your Utility?

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An ever-increasing number of conversations and click-throughs, page-likes, and purchasing decisions are happening in the digital space today. 1.18 billion users log onto Facebook each day as active users, according to the platform’s analytics for November 2016. And according to Forbes magazine, 41% of US small businesses have chosen to  … Read More

How an Oil Refinery Recycles 100% of Its Wastewater for Steam Production

How an Oil Refinery Recycles 100% of Its Wastewater for Steam Production

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“Save water, save money” is the mantra of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. It calls on consumers and businesses alike to be mindful of water scarcity issues while protecting, preserving, and carefully managing a precious natural resource. As one of the single largest fresh water consumers in the city, Federated  … Read More

A Didactic Drought: Lessons from Australia’s Conservation Strategy

A Didactic Drought: Lessons from Australia’s Conservation Strategy

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Buckminster Fuller, considered one of the greatest minds of our times, developed several technologies and strategies that improved human lives by doing more with less. He called this concept “ephemeralization.” In today’s world, amid increasing climate variability, population growth, and water scarcity, Fuller’s approach seems more necessary and relevant  … Read More

Transboundary Aquifers: Complexity Requires Cooperative Efforts

Transboundary Aquifers: Complexity Requires Cooperative Efforts

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As water scarcity becomes more acute worldwide, water resources shared by nations become increasingly precious. Rivers, because of their above-ground visibility, are often addressed with cooperative management. Transboundary aquifers, on the other hand, are consistently overlooked.

Aquifers are understudied and undermanaged—a blind spot for scientists, water officials, and political leaders. Aquifers  … Read More



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