Water management results from around the world

Water footprint, reuse, recycle, waste water, wastewater, climate change, industry, measure, 6 stepsRobert Brears, Author of Urban Water Security (Wiley) presented a selection of results on best practices in water management from around the world. We share the best practices Robert collected.

Smart water meters are key to intelligent decision-making

With rapid urbanization and climate change increasing water scarcity, cities and their respective water utilities are turning to smart meters and related technologies to manage water more efficiently. Read more here.

NYC’s Big Water Savings Goal

New York City’s demand for drinking water is at its lowest in 50 years even though the city’s population has reached a record high of over 8.6 million people. Not resting on its laurels, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the 2018 Water Demand Management Plan to realize further savings. Read more here

Fit for Purpose Recycled Water in Australia

Water recycling makes non-potable wastewater useful, reducing the economic and environmental costs of establishing new water supplies. Read how Australia’s Queensland Urban Utilities provides fit for purpose recycled water to its customers. Read more here.

The Water-Energy Nexus in Athens

Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP) is the largest water utility in Greece providing services to 4.3 million customers. Read how EYDAP is reducing water-energy nexus pressures here.

Author

*Robert C. Brears is the author of Urban Water Security (Wiley), The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (Palgrave Macmillan), Natural Resource Management and the Circular Economy (Palgrave Macmillan), and Blue and Green Cities (Palgrave Macmillan). He is Founder of Our Future WaterMitidaption, and Mark and Focus.

LinkedIn Groups: Our Future Water / Urban Water Security

 

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What’s Next for Cape Town and Beyond?

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Severe drought threatens to run taps dry in Cape Town

How did Cape Town deal with its “Day Zero” water crisis and what can we learn? 
Intense drought in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has led the world-renowned city of Cape Town to the brink of “Day Zero”. Day Zero was the date at which residents would be forced to collect strictly rationed water supplies from shared distribution taps. Read More

Salt Farm Texel introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables

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Pakistani practice a pilot field with Salt Farm Texel

Salt Farm Texel (Netherlands) introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables in drought stricken South Africa.

The Texel initiative, known as S/Zout, features food products that emerge from a collaboration between Studio H and Salt Farm Texel, a Netherlands-based enterprise that grows salt-tolerant potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage and barley. Read More

Climate Proof Cities

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A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030.

Cities ​are ​highly ​vulnerable to ​climatic risks. ​Think of heatwaves, water scarcity and extreme rainfall.

What can cities do to become resistant climate proof? Let’s give an overview. Read More

Reduce risks storming water

Flood, industry, risk management, climate change, stormwater, hurricanes

The US President has declared a federal disaster for the storms and floods that struck 8 counties of Iowa during late August 2016.

Storming Water costs lives and a lot of money. Last winter, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in just eight council areas in the USA were flooded, a survey has revealed.

In October, the US President has declared a federal disaster for storming water and floods that struck 8 countries during late August 2016

The research for the Local Government Association found that councils were still helping flood-hit homes recover.

Councils are encouraging people to check if they are at risk of flooding this year, to sign up to flood warnings and make sure their homes are prepared. Read More

Fishermen predict flooding

Fishermen predict flooding

Hut’s research showed that data from temperature-sensing waders worn by the public and shared with scientists, can be used to decide where the most interesting places are to do more detailed and more expensive research.

A flooding costs billions.
Scientists can predict a flooding or droughts using sensors in a river or ditch. With the new sensing pair of waders, fishermen around the world, help scientists.

This new technology is a lot cheaper.

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Underground water buffer resolves freshwater deficit Agriculture

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The underground water buffer creates a robust freshwater supply, without expensive reversed osmosis

Climate change must take into Northern parts of the world with wetter winters and drier summers. That means less fresh water in the period when farmers there are most in need.

Underground water buffers will help the farmers. Since the summer 2015, a new underground water storage technique has been tested successfully. Read More

Precision Agriculture Technologies for Dry Area

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Maximising data driven technology in the Agriculture

In previous blogs we mentioned the increasing issues in dry areas in the world. Think of Sao Paulo, Brazil and California, USA, with almost no water anymore in lakes, rivers and aquifers.

All kind of measures have been taken to increase the water use of people and industries. But which technologies are available to increase the water use in agriculture and still can rely on better harvests?
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33% aquifers under stress

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Scientist can’t say for sure how much water is left in the aquifers

According to a new study from researchers at the University of California and NASA about 33% of the aquifers is under stress.

New data from NASA Grace-satellites show that many big aquifers all over the world are being sucked dry at a rate far greater than they can be replenished.  Read More

Flood expected? The Crowd is saving lives

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Floodtags offers the local perspective, the ground-truth on floods, by listening to and anticipating on the flood observations of citizens on social media. After filtering and enriching the data with water- and geolocations, Floodtags delivers the ground-truth data as a service for flood management.

The crowd is saving lives during flood disasters. How? FloodTags is receiving all flood related tweets, starting in Indonesia. 

Tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to evacuate an area, save lives and provide aid.
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Report shows: Sea level is rising fast

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The increase is faster than measured in the entire last century: Nowadays, the sea level is about 6 centimeters higher, as it was in 1994 and about 20 centimeters above the level of 1880.

A new study is showing that, in recent years, the sea level has been risen. Not just slowly but faster.

That is told by a team of researchers.

They have scrutinized the measurements and sentinel satellites date once again. 

Christopher Watson from the University of Tasmania and his colleagues, wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change, that the new data fit better with the accelerating of melting land ice in Greenland. Read More

US smart water management market set to reach $3.64B in 2018

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online monitoring water levels and quality for the community – by app saves 90% costs

The US Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) market is expected to grow and reach $3.64 billion in 2018. 

The market is primarily driven by the intense demand for energy and the acute reserves of resources and government regulations and mandates.

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Needed: Amazon Green 4-helix Cooperation in Brazil

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Clean water in the Amazon is essential for Indians in the Amazon and all Brazilian civilians

The planning and implementation of a new approach to water resource management in the Amazon region will need to involve the four dimensions of a green helix initiative:

  1. government
  2. universities and research centers
  3. private sector
  4. non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

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Water Risk Management should be Key Priority for companies

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Hospital Generators Failed in Hurricane Sandy

Companies and public organisations like hospitals, still don’t focus on corporate water risks as largely external to the company. 

However, with demand set to increase even further by 55% in 2050 (OECD Outlook 2050) and deteriorating water quality (OECD, Anthony Cox), companies are facing the need to expand their perspectives. Read More

Third generation rotating biological contactor technology arrives in the UK

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Because of the modular design it is possible to bypass specified modules to reduce capacity and save energy.

The third generation rotating biological contactor (RBC) technology has arrived in the UK.

Wastewater treatment specialist WPL has brought a highly efficient rotating biological contractor to the UK municipal market. 

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Six Steps for Managing Water Risks Industries

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Businesses should think collaboratively, and leading companies are already demonstrating the value of partnerships in managing water risk in their value chains

In its 2014 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum identified water crises as one of the risks of highest concern.

For businesses, it is important to understand operational and market contexts to manage water risk and leverage opportunity, according to The Guardian.

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Mega Water Project China Is Useless

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Mega water diversion project China will only solve water shortage of 5%

Enormous water transportation from the South of China to the dryer Northern regions seems to be useless. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in a scientific report which is published in PNAS. China has been building a canal from the South to Peking. A distance of 750 miles (1200 km). Transportation of water will supply only 5% in the water needs of Beijing while the Southern exporting provincies will be running out of water. Read More

3 steps to save water leakage in domestic areas

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Water leaks are one of the major issues in domestic areas and threaten municipal budgets

Leakage is a key aspect of strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water supply services. Leak detection is a big priority to reduce water loss.

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EU smart water management market will double in 2018

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City water leaks wasting millions of tax dollars

The Europe smart water management market is expected to grow from $1.73 billion in 2013 to $3.46 billion in 2018 at CAGR of 14.9% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The market is primarily driven by advancement in technology in the region and smart meter compliances.

 

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Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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5 Easy Steps to Reduce Water in Industries

 

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Industries: decrease your water footprint

Out of 3% water water is consumed for industrial purpose. The increasing world population will also increase industrial water consumption.

Experts think of 15-20% by 2030. But we are running short of water, world wide. So what can industries do to reduce their water consumption? Read More

Tokyo nr. 1, water stressed cities of the world

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Nr. 1 water stressed metropool Tokyo. Picture of the Skyline of Tokyo, with Mount Fuji in the backyard

Want to know which cities suffer from water stress? The Nature Conservancy has published a list of the top 20 of cities with water stress.

Over 500 cities around the world were investigated. In (big) cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and LA, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought.  Read More

Five million homes in England are at risk of flooding

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National Audit Office warns: be prepared for more floods.

Five million homes in England are at risk of flooding and the government’s own assessment shows climate change is increasing the risk by driving more extreme weather. That’s the conclusion of The National Audit Office (NAO) report published October 5th 2014. “Every £1 spent on flood defences prevented almost £10 in damage”, the report noted. “So ad-hoc emergency spending is less good value than sustained maintenance.” Read More

The Colorado River has lost 2.3 trillion cubic ft of water since 2004

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Abandoned: Shrubs grow around a boat near Boulder Beach in an area that used to be completely submerged under water

In the latest study researchers report the Colorado River has lost  2.3 trillion cubic feet (65 cubic kilometers) of water since 2004.

Reservoirs have shrunk to less than half their capacities, the canyon walls around them ringed with white mineral deposits where water once lapped.

Much of it has been lost because of groundwater depletion from aquifers in the Basin. What are the causes? Read More

The Guarani Aquifer important source of fresh water for Brazil

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The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems of the world

The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System. 

The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.

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