Robert 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.
Pakistan is already vulnerable because of the different ethnic groups and religions. Also the country is one of world’s 36 most water-stressed countries and the situation gets worse. A civil war is not inconceivable
Scarcity of fresh water is the biggest world problem according to the Nature Conservancy. A lot of cities suffer under water stress.
A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030.
The Nature Conservancy is working on a variety of strategies to protect water at its source, increase water efficiencies, and engage corporate and municipal leaders, governments, urban residents and other institutions in watershed stewardship. They offer 3 strategies Read More
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
Colombian institute Invemar started collaboration with Dutch engineers to combat coastal erosion
In order to protect the Colombian coast against erosion a team of Colombian and Dutch engineers have decided for beach nourishment.
A ‘sandy wall’ in front of the coast will protect the coastline between the mouth of the Río Magdalena river and the town of Ciénaga. By sand replenishment and especially natural forces such as wind and sea to do her job, a natural buffer in turn may arise.
Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo suffers from water shortages. One of the main causes Sao Paulo suffers is because the infrastructure had not been updated during the growth of Sao Paulo. The reservoirs are no longer adequate for this huge city of 20 million inhabitants. Read More
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 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 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.
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