Water Scarcity: 3 strategies for cities

Water Scarcity biggest problem

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

Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof

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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

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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Dutch Water Experts in worldwide Flood Team

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

Dutch Flood Experts will join an international flood crisis team during flood disasters.

This special stuffed facility can provide quick and efficient help during the first phase after a major disaster.

They will give flood advices to bring people to safety. Read More

In the US, the air will be drier and hotter

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The red area is 0 – 4% of normal rain precipitation

Reinforced by global warming, the west and center of the United States will possibly be extremely dry for decades. 

Large parts of the US will be facing the worst drought in a thousand years, the second half of this century.

The ‘mega-droughts’ can persist for decades, predict US researchers from NASA and the universities of Cornell and Columbia. Read More

Worst drought since 1930 in Brazil

Sao Paulo state has received only a third of the rainfall

Sao Paulo state has received only a third of the rainfall

Brazilians in the southeast of the country should immediately try to use less water and electricity.

The Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, made this call last Friday night after a emergency meeting with the government about the worst drought since 1930. 

Rio and Minas Gerais are asking residents and industries to reduce water consumption by as much as 30%. Read More

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

Building with nature to protect the coast of Colombia

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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.

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Water infrastructure Sao Paulo inadequate

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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

65% of China is running out of water

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China is one of the world’s largest water-using nations and is considered by the UN as one of the 13 countries with serious shortage of water.

China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.

Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.

Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. 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

Delta city Jakarta protected by Dutch Water Experts

A seawall will protect delta city Jakarta

A seawall will protect delta city Jakarta

Jakarta is sinking about 6 cm a year. This low delta city also faces sea level rising and needs protection.

That’s why the Indonesian ministries, Jakarta City and Dutch water engineers work together in a 30 – 40 years NCICD-project to protect the city in a sustainable way against climate change. 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 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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How to involve communities with water management? IFIS / Iowa makes it happen

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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

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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Is the Melbourne water infrastructure example for Sao Paulo?

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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

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

Water storage in cities

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Rotterdam car-park, which doubles as one of the Netherlands’ largest underground water storage facilities, capable of holding 10 million liters

The construction of additional water storage facilities and water plazas, and the provision of incentives for green roofs, all help to preserve the optimal quality of life in the city despite the drastic climate change. Read More