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Water: A Weapon and a Victim

Water: A Weapon and a Victim

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Throughout the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has been used as armament by competing powers as they scramble to control a quickly diminishing resource.

When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in 2014, they used it as leverage by depriving downstream cities of water.  … Read More

Algae Wars

Algae Wars

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Each summer, algae blooms take over lakes and bays as waters saturated with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus warm. These blooms are the product of a quick-growing algae that can be toxic to aquatic life and humans.

During a bloom, as algae settles to the bottom and decays, it depletes  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

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In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).  … Read More

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

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Last week Governor Jerry Brown’s $15 billion plan to construct two tunnels to convey water from northern California to southern California achieved early approval from federal wildlife officials. The support represents a step forward in a complex approval process.

The tunnels—each four stories high and 35 miles long—would collect water  … Read More

How to Educate the Public About the Benefits of AMI

How to Educate the Public About the Benefits of AMI

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In recent years, municipalities and utility companies have endeavored to learn how to capture, access, and manage data provided by Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Now, they have another challenge: Teach the public about the benefits of AMI.

“There’s confusion about what AMI is,” postulates Robb Barnitt, CEO of Dropcountr.com, a software  … Read More

Squeezing Water From the Sea

Squeezing Water From the Sea

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By forcing salt water against polymer membranes that trap salt ions and allow fresh water through, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination is an effective water treatment technique. It is relatively expensive, however, due to the energy used to push water molecules through the membrane. But a remarkable facility in Israel, is  … Read More

Water Demand Management

Water Demand Management

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Mni wiconi is Lakota for “water is life.” The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential.  … Read More

Unprecedented Charges in Flint

Unprecedented Charges in Flint

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While I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to do my job well and report information accurately in my role as editor, when I mess up or fail to act, a comma is misplaced or a person’s name misspelled. It’s unfortunate, but nobody dies.

The charges recently brought against five Michigan  … Read More

Contaminants and Cell Function

Contaminants and Cell Function

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As water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, more of it is being recycled and reused. Regulation and policies to protect human and environmental health are of ever-greater importance.  Dr. Edo McGowan has forty years of experience in the development of local, regional, and international programs relating to health aspects of  … Read More

How to Nix Non-Revenue Water With Acoustic Leak Detection

How to Nix Non-Revenue Water With Acoustic Leak Detection

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Providence Water, the public water utility based in the city of Providence, RI, is no small operation. The utility serves more than 17 cities and towns, providing more than 60% of the state’s drinking water. The utility relies on more than 950 miles of piping to deliver this water.  … Read More

How Will Trump’s Proposed Budget Influence the Water Industry?

How Will Trump’s Proposed Budget Influence the Water Industry?

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The Trump administration released a budget proposal recently that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explains “respects the American taxpayer.” The plan sets an intention to balance spending in the coming years and invest in infrastructure, but it also suggests significant cuts to most nondefense government agencies. If approved, we wonder what  … Read More



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