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Cloud Seeding for Snowfall

Cloud Seeding for Snowfall

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The western US has received relatively little snowfall this winter. Because reduced snowpack levels mean less water for drinking, irrigating crops, and powering hydroelectric plants, for decades many states have invested in cloud seeding to boost water supplies. But only recently has a scientific study proven that the process actually  … Read More

Record-Breaking Water Recycling

Record-Breaking Water Recycling

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Guinness World Records exist for a number of outrageous feats. There’s the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators, the farthest tightrope walk in high heels, and the biggest gum bubble ever blown. But this week, there may be a new record set for a highly practical accomplishment: the most wastewater recycled  … 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

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

Wastewater to Wine

Wastewater to Wine

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Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe is a landscape of contrasts. Vibrant green vineyard rows are bordered by arid desert. Water is scarce in this winegrowing region known for its crisp whites and complex red blends. Therefore, it has begun turning wastewater into wine.

Just north of the Valle de Guadalupe, Camillo  … Read More



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