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When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

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The US experienced an historic number of weather and climate events in 2017—16 different disasters with damages over a billion dollars, according to NOAA. These events included one drought, two floods, one freeze, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, and one wildfire that together resulted in the deaths of 362  … 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

The Cannabis Conundrum

The Cannabis Conundrum

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For weeks I thought I had a skunk problem. Every evening, the scent returned. But as it turns out, odiferous varmints were not to blame. My home, nestled in an agricultural region of California, has recently found itself at the epicenter of the cannabis industry. And it seems that this  … Read More

Regulatory Revisions for Water Reuse

Regulatory Revisions for Water Reuse

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Water management is an essential component of resilient building design. However, codes and regulations are typically structured around traditional centralized water delivery and wastewater systems. Therefore, for architects and builders, introducing decentralized systems to capture and reuse water means that projects can easily become mired in regulatory quicksand. But it  … 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

Revisiting the Flint Fiasco

Revisiting the Flint Fiasco

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Before we close the books on 2017, we thought that it would be interesting to revisit some of Water Efficiency’s top posts for the year.

This blog post received more comments than any other Water Efficiency post published in 2017.


Unprecedented Charges in Flint
While I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to do  … Read More

The Gift of Clean Water

The Gift of Clean Water

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It’s the season of giving and during the holidays, many of us celebrate by sharing gifts. A few years ago, I became interested in microlending while searching for a way to, in some small way, do a little global good. I thought I would share my personal experience here as a  … Read More

Water Quality Monitoring on Farms, Reserves, and Urban Creeks

Water Quality Monitoring on Farms, Reserves, and Urban Creeks

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It has often been said that without water there would be no life. However, the presence of water is only one factor in the equation. It is not water alone that guarantees the presence of life; to sustain life the condition of that water must fall within a very specific  … Read More

Inferno: The New Normal

Inferno: The New Normal

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A wildfire, on target to become the largest in California’s history, is actively consuming the valley that I call home. The Thomas Fire has left hundreds of thousands of once brushy, chaparral-covered acres between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties bare, outlined in shades of charcoal gray.

The blaze continues to  … Read More

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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As many of you know, one of my favorite books is a collection of poems called Odes to Common Things. In it, Pablo Neruda writes about ordinary objects that we often take for granted. In “Ode to my Socks,” he outlines the fundamentals of comfort. He analyzes a universe of  … Read More

Successful Water Leak Detection and Audit Methods

Successful Water Leak Detection and Audit Methods

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Every drop of clean water is precious. Unfortunately, 30–50% of water is lost through aging infrastructure. And lost water equals lost revenue to the water service supplier. Water is lost through leaks and cracks in pipes and their fit­tings. Since most infrastructure is underground, it is virtually impossible to visually  … Read More

Water Pipe Restoration

Water Pipe Restoration

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More than a million miles of underground pipes carry water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. These pipes last a long time, but pipes placed during the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century are nearing—or have already reached—the end of their useful life.  … Read More



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