Underground water buffer resolves freshwater deficit Agriculture

water storage, fresh water, technology, agriculture, sustainable infrastructure, reverse osmosis, salty water, climate change

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

Chaotic situations because of storm in Japan

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Catastrophe in Japan because of floods

In Japan, floods have caused devastations. Torrential rains are associated with former Tropical Storm Etau shifted north after dumping unprecedented rainfall on parts of eastern Japan, last Wednesday and Thursday.

More than a hundred thousand people had to flee because of the high water, which sometimes even carried houses along.
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Precision Agriculture Technologies for Dry Area

Agri, water, data, sensor, drone, drip irrigation, California, Brazil, Israel, technology

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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Israel’s best practices how to win drought

Drought, Israel, lessons learned, agri, desalination, reuse, recycle, wastewater, aquifer, water stress

Drip irrigation’s compostable plastic pipes for sustainable agriculture

Israel’s turnaround came with a seven-year drought, one of the most severe to hit modern Israel, that began in 2005 and peaked in the winter of 2008 to 2009.

The country needed to introduce measures and become drought resistant.

Now, the country has enough water for people, industries and agri.

What did they do? Lessons learned from a country where every drop of water counts.
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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

New dossier: Flood Risk Management for Industries and Flood Solutions

Climate change, model, flood risk, management, flood barriers, lessons learned, storage, big data,

Many companies are asking themselves whether they have entered a “new normal,” and which steps they should take – and when – to build resilience to these increased risks.

The recent increase in costly extreme weather events has provided a clear signal to many companies of the near-term risks associated with climate change.

Water Risk Management is getting top priority for industries, businesses, hospitals and (local) governments. 

Especially for business managers, we have made an overview of:

  1. Water Risk Management in 4 steps – what strategy and measurements can be taken
  2. Trends and Finding Reports
  3. Overview latest flood protecting solutions
  4. Water storage systems to protect you from stormwater
  5. Promising systems
  6. Lessons from Hurricane Sandy and more

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Caribbean Island Curacao is changing into desert

Curacao, desert, rainwater, water infrastructure, climate change

The strategy of Curacao is still to discharge the rainwater directly to the ocean as soon as possible. The result: desertification!

The Caribbean Island Curacao is changing into a desert. That’s emergency call is done by Don Martina, former president of the island. 

Don Martina, was invited in the Parliament to talk about the collection and reuse of rainwater. Read More

Tbilisi citizens swept away in a fast-flowing river

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Fierce flooding leave zoo animals stranded in Tbilisi

A flood occurred in the Vere River valley in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on the night of 14 June 2015.

Heavy rainfall caused at least twelve death people.

At least 30f people are still missing after being swept away in a fast-flowing river. Read More

Industry: get ready for less water and more efficient use

wastewater, waste, heat exchange, climate change, co2, footprint, industry, carbon

Power savings from the differential $20,000.00 – $35,000.00pa depending on demand

It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for sustainable use of industrial water. Let’s start to reduce, reuse and recover all industrial (waste) water.

Water managers: Start using less, water by efficient water processes. Read More

Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof

water, flood, water management, delta, city, technology, the Netherlands

The Delta Program is like a kitchen where new recipes are developed, which then could also be highlighted on the international market.

The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof.

Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.

An approach that encourages cooperation, and shines the light on the specialized knowledge from the Dutch. Read More

Texas flood death toll rises to 24

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Flood Waters Threaten To Break Padera Dam Texas

Persistent rain has resulted in the US state of Texas for more flooding. This past week certainly 24 people were killed by the storms and rising waters, 13 people are still missing.

US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state.

In May, enough rain fell to cover Texas 8 inches deep.

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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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Textile industry can save 90% on water

Textile, jeans, wastewater, water recovering

Workers at a jeans factory must search through wastewater every morning to scoop out the stones, which are washed with the fabric in industrial washing machines to make stonewash denim.

With a new technique, the water consumption in the textile industry can be reduced to 90%.

Other benefits include are a lower energy consumption. For this application process, there are no adjustments required. Read More

Yemen: Two thirds of people no access to fresh water

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A girl is drinking unsafe water

Clean drinking water is a growing problem in the war-torn Yemen.

Due to the ongoing bombardments and fighting, again millions of people have been cut from the basic needs of fresh water.

Oxfam warns: “They are forced to drink unsafe water, causing the outbreak of various diseases.”

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Antarctica: Glaciers are melting dangerously fast

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Satellite images taken between 2002 and 2010 showed that glaciers remained about the same size. But since 2009 it is different.

Glaciers in parts of the Antarctic that was thought to remain stable since 2009, have been melting dangerously fast. A group of researchers wrote this in the journal Science, published yesterday.

According to the scientists, the water level is increasing to dangerous levels for the coasts from New York to Shanghai.

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Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

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NY-Sandy-flood

Sandy was actually predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), a week before it arrived.

But, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, much of New York City was plunged into darkness.

What can we learn from this big flooding in New York? Read More

Sea level rising is like the eye of the hurricane

Sea level rising is like the eye of the hurricane

This undated photo courtesy of NASA shows Thwaites Glacier in Western Antarctica. Ice in west Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate, new research shows.

It’s quiet about sea level rising. Like the eye of the hurricane, around which the storm is raging.

But a new report from the Climate Council announces, global warming will put at risk coastal infrastructure worth up to 226 billion dollars! Read More

Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool

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The green economy as an integrating framework for policies on material use

Compost is a perfect organic source which helps conserve water, according to the University of California.

For example: if governments add compost to sandy soil, the soil will hold more water, making urban water management easier at a sustainable way. Read More

Matt Damon: Ambassador For Water

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Matt Damon has been speaking with world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos (early 2015)

Matt Damon  has chosen to tackle the ultimate global threat: clean drinking water. Global water sanitation is a huge problem but there are a lot of proven solutions for it.

On his travels in developing countries, he realized that practical solutions already existed. But they need more attention. That’s why he started Water.org in 2009.

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Is New York saved from the rising sea level?

Climate change, adapting, water management, infrastructure, architecture

Adding in green infrastructure systems is not only good for managing water, but also good for communities.

Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level. They deal with it every day. But they are not the only once.

New York is also figuring out how te respond to major climate disasters like the rising sea level and future hurricanes. 

The first 3 actions are:

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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

Clean, phosphate-free water and recovering valuable nutrients

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Alex Veltman with the result of the pilot production for struvite

Since the eighties, clean water plants in the Netherlands, remove phosphate and nitrogen from wastewater.

It’s a win-win situation.

  1. the nutrients can be used in fertilizers and bring money in
  2. it’s cleaner, phosphate-free water
  3. and it’s important to recover useful materials

The phosphate is found in the human (and animal) urine. Read More

The largest desalination plants in the world

Clean water, drinking water, desalination, climate change, energy

Worlds largest desalination plant Ras Alkhair, Saoudi Arabia

This largest clean water plant in Ras Alkhair in Saudi Arabia, is based on reverse osmosis desalination.

The installation has started since 2014 and is supplying 1 million cubic meters of drinking water every day. It uses 2400 MW of power for the desalination processes.

The installation has been built hybrid with 8 evaporators and17 reverse osmosis units. Read More

Costs of sea water desalination are going down

Desalination, fresh water, drinking water, sea water, reverse osmosis, climate change

With Memstill, it is possible to desalinate a cubic meter of drinking water for 0.50 Euro cents from seawater.

Less water is always the best option.

But in case of a shortage of fresh water, nowadays the preparation of drinking water from seawater is a great alternative.

And the costs of sea water desalination are going down.

Thermal desalination has been overtaken by reverse osmosis and that led to some major changes:

  • the proces is much cheaper
  • the energy consumption during the proces has decreased sharply

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How does California become drought resilient?

How does California become drought resilient?

During the rainy season Nov 2014 – March 2015, only a few drops fell

The long-term solution to more acute drought is to change the way California is managing surface water when it’s wet.

Take some of that surface water, when they have got a lot of rain or a lot of snow, and use it to recharge groundwater so it’s there for us in times of drought.

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