Tag: water shortages

Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region. It already affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of every year. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.

Strategies for Preventing Non-Revenue Water Loss

Strategies for Preventing Non-Revenue Water Loss

Lack of dedicated utility funding for non-revenue water is a perceived barrier to progress. “The irony is that NRW reduction actions don’t have to be funded out of stressed operating budgets where funds may be already tight,” says Dickinson. “They can be funded out of capital improvement programs or performance-based

Irrigating With Non-Potable Water

Irrigating With Non-Potable Water

Not so long ago, it seemed that there would always be plenty of fresh water to go around. Parents filled up and emptied inflatable swimming pools, children played in lawn sprinklers for hours, and cars were washed in driveways every Saturday without so much as a moment’s hesitation. Water seemed

Reuse: Replenishment Through Reinjection

Reuse: Replenishment Through Reinjection

WATER IS A PRECIOUS commodity that the general population is just beginning to understand is in limited supply. Perhaps nowhere in this country is that fact more apparent than in California, where years of drought have resulted in land in the Central Basin’s farm belt sinking 2 feet a year.

Editor’s Comments: Solutions to Water Scarcity

Editor’s Comments: Solutions to Water Scarcity

“ANYONE WHO CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF WATER WILL BE WORTHY OF TWO NOBEL PRIZES—ONE FOR PEACE AND ONE FOR SCIENCE.”
—PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1962

I learned recently that the first recorded water conflict occurred more than 4,500 years ago near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what

“Now Would Be a Good Time to Increase Fuel Taxes”

“Now Would Be a Good Time to Increase Fuel Taxes”

We’re continuing our countdown to Infrastructure Week with another interview—a very comprehensive look at the issues, with a lot of food for thought. A couple of quick spoilers: This week’s interviewee does see an advantage to public-private partnerships for some projects (not all of our experts agree), and he favors

Water Reuse and Sustainability Attract Industries

Water Reuse and Sustainability Attract Industries

Writing in its 2012 “Guidelines for Water Reuse,” EPA acknowledges that “energy efficiency and sustainability are key drivers of water reuse which is why water reuse is so integral to sustainable water management.” Furthermore, “the water-energy nexus recognizes that water and energy are mutually dependent.”

Water Sustainability in Prisons

Water Sustainability in Prisons

The average cost of confinement across the country is approaching $30,000 a year for each prisoner, says Tommy Norris, who operates www.greenprisons.org. The most recent US Department of Justice prison population count places it at 2.1 million.

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