Urban Water Challenges solved by the Dutch

Global distribution of the world's water (2006)

Global distribution of the world’s water (2006)

Worldwide, especially in emerging countries, the demand for water is increasing. The Netherlands is a water knowledge country. Their knowledge can help water managers around the world, facing future problems. 

The Netherlands promotes a number of promising technologies that can help the world. The Netherlands became all this knowledge because the country is known as the waste pit of Europe. The water of the river Rhine for example, has been used several times by the Germans by the time the Dutch want to use it. Good clean water is essential. Read More

Tokyo nr. 1, water stressed cities of the world

Climate change, globalization, water stress city

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

Double investments in water reuse in the U.S.

Sao Paolo waste water treatment

Waste water treatment plant

The U.S. invests in water storage systems. Not surprising is it? With temperature rising and other climate change issues as heavy rainfall in short periods of time its important not to spill a drop of water. So also industrial waste water will be recollected, get treatment and after, can be reused.

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

Colorado river, shortenage of water

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

Sao Paolo upgrades a water treatment plant for industrial reuse of water

Sao Paolo waste water treatment

Sao Paolo waste water treatment plant

The Aquapolo project was initiated to address new government regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo.

Aquapolo will supply the Capuava Petrochemical Complex of Mauá, located in São Paulo’s ABC region, thereby conserving enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people. Read More

The costs of water – video with Philippe Joubert

Philippe Joubert, Senior Advisor, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Johann Clere, Global Director, Veolia Water are talking about the true cost of water.

 

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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

Namibia’s First Photovoltaic Power Plant

solar plant

Namibia starts his first PhotoVoltaic power plant

Namibia started the construction process of a PhotoVoltaic solar project. The project, located in Omburu near Omaruru, is the town’s first utility-scale ground mounted PhotoVoltaic (PV) power plant. The 4,5 megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant will supply over 1% of Namibia’s domestic power generation.

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Boyan Slat raises two million dollar to clean up the ‘plastic soup’

Boyan Slat extracts 7,250.000 tons of plastic out of the oceans with this innovation

Boyan Slat extracts 7,250.000 tons of plastic out of the oceans with this innovation in 5 years.

Dutch TU/Delft student Boyan Slat has raised $ 2 million to clean up the ‘plastic soup’ in the sea. With this money he is going to build a prototype of a device that sweeps up the mess together.

The system Slat (20) devised consists of 100 kilometer-long floating arms in V-shaped catching the plastic which will be brought ashore recycling. His projectOcean Cleanup attracted considerable attention. And so did the crowdfunding, which he himself set up completely in Kickstarterstyle.

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Water reuse is becoming increasingly important for modern societies

Wastewater is becoming one of the world's greatest sustainable resources

Wastewater is becoming one of the world’s greatest sustainable resources

Water reuse is becoming increasingly important for modern societies. Especially those based in arid regions. Examples include well-known sites such as Water Factory 21 in California’s Orange County Water District and the NEWater project in Singapore. Scientists and engineers are increasingly concerned about emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment plant effluent.  Read More

Houton ®: ‘green’ concrete with wood

Sustainable architecture, concreet with wood dust

Houton®: ‘green’ concrete with wood dust.jpg

Houton ® is concrete in which wood has been processed.

This raw material combines the positive properties of wood and concrete. Wood does not normally bond with cement because it is an organic material.

However, by adding Megatrax® to the product it is possible to make concrete containing 30 to 90% wood. Read More

The IWe-SNEW project, social/environmental entrepreneurship 2.0

Women using 'your' old computer learning the use of it and the crowd knowledge of the internet in Bangladesh

Women using ‘your’ old computer learning the use of it and the crowd knowledge of the internet in Bangladesh

Dear CTO (Chief Technical Officer),

  • Are you replacing 25 or more computers,
  • ánd you want to make a little money out of it
  • ánd you want to help underprivileged individuals
  • ánd you like the idea that your former hardware has been taken care of (upcycled, recycled or proper disposed)?

Then please consider the IWe-SNEW project.

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Use ICT for primary schooling in developing countries

education, IT, ICT, Recycling, re-use, recollect

Your old pc’s help them to step into a healthier and wealthier world

We all know that education is an essential ingredient for the full realization of human capacity and should be provided to everyone on earth. Providing internet and tablets gives children the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and for the world.  Read More