How to involve communities with water management? IFIS / Iowa makes it happen

Flood, 2D, 3D, water management

Citizens are warned for floods in IOWA USA

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) platform gives civilians access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications. 

The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Read More

Is the Melbourne water infrastructure example for Sao Paulo?

Melbourne water management

The West Werribee project will provide high quality recycled water to 20,000 homes when complete in 2014

A record $182.2 million has been invested by City West Water in vital water infrastructure in theMelbourne (Australia) in the 2012-13 financial year. 

Total water purchased for the year was 103.2 billion litres, with average residential consumption per customer remaining relatively low at 157 litres of water per person. Is Melbourne an example for Sao Paulo Brazil? Read More

Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

Climate change, engineers, sea level rising, innovation

Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

During a water conference in the Netherlands, Wu Jianmin, Vice-chairman of the Chinese Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, mentioned the Dutch engineering sector as  “Small country, big achievements.

And “Without engineers the world would be in big trouble.”

In his speech he forecasted 3 mega trends:
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Cities Loose Water From Failing Infrastructure

Water management, water leaks, city infrastructure, water management, climate change

It’s time cities fix their water leaks

It’s time cities fix their water leaks. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty metering and flat-out theft costs money, and often means lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for consumers. Between 1996 and 2010, the cost of water services in the U.S. rose by nearly 90 percent! Read More

World Bank gives the Dutch prominent role in addressing global water issues

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports also Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management.

The World Bank wants to give the Netherlands a more active role in advising on real solutions to address the global water challenges. Read More

WorldBank project Brazil Federal Integrated Water – Interaquas – money lost?

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management. Still there is a Water Crisis going on.

The objective of the Federal Integrated Water Sector –Interaguas Project – is to supports the Government of Brazil to improve the coordination and strengthen the capacity among key federal institutions in the water sector toward an integrated approach. It started in 2011

 

Where did the US$ 107.33 million go to? We don’t see any progress!

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The Netherlands gets climate proof

Netherlands, climate proof

1500 kilometers of dikes will be increased, broadened and/or strengthened

The Dutch government is assigning 20,000 million euro (25,784 million USD) to save the Netherlands against sea and especially river flooding. According to the Dutch Delta program, every citizen will be protected against climate change. This plan lowers the risk for flooding to 1 per 100,000 years.

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South Africa’s nationwide project: Let’s build a water and sanitation infrastructure

water management, sanitation, water supply chain, South Africa, clean water supply,

8% of South Africa’s land areas provides 50% of the surface water

South Africa introduces a 10-year plan to address the estimated backlog of adequate water to supply 1.4m households and 2.1m households to basic sanitation. 

The project will involve provision of sustainable supply of water to meet social needs and support economic growth.

Projects provide new infrastructure, rehabilitation and upgrading of existing infrastructure, as well as improve management of water infrastructure. Read More

Scientists Estimate California Lost 63 Trillion Gallons Of Water

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Scientists estimate California lost 63 trillion gallons of water in the past 18 months. California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. And besides that, farmers are pumping water at a rate four to five times greater than can be replenished.


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Sustainable water management in China’s cities

Water pollution, Chia, Huangpu, Water stress, water shortage, government, project, climate change

Chinese sanitation workers in Shanghai fish out thousands of dead pigs found floating in the Huangpu (March 2013)

China has not only problems solving their air pollution. Poor water quality is also of serious concern.

Therefore the Minister of Environmental Protection announced a trillion-yuan plan to reduce water pollution in a country where a fifth of the rivers are consider to be toxic, and two fifths of poor or very poor quality. Read More

Computer models can help coastal managers making better decisions

 

Coastal erosion costs Florida millions a year

Coastal erosion costs Florida 105 million in 5 year

A computer model can help coastal managers better understand the long-term effects of major storms, sea-level rise and beach restoration activities and possibly save millions of dollars. Read More