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The enterprise technologies to watch in 2016

While enterprise technology has always been somewhat a breed apart from consumer tech, this year we see that consumer tech will definitively set the …

Why Desalination Isn’t the Solution to Water Woes

It is easy to assume seawater desalination is the answer to California’s long-term water woes. All you have to do is look west, and the vast Pacific …

Countries are turning to solar power to turn saltwater into drinkable water

Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site.<p>That's insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it's a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to …

It's Time for Cities to Get Serious About Flood Detection

Amid heavy flooding, Houston’s Texas Medical Center showcases what can be done with current technology.<p>The 15-plus inches of rain that overwhelmed Houston on Sunday and Monday and killed eight people showed just how vital early flood warnings can be.<p>Throughout the U.S., the National Weather Service …

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How Do We Get Our Drinking Water In The U.S.?

Before you take a gulp of water, try to mentally trace where that water that just gushed out of your taps has been: How did it go from that weird-tasting raindrop to the clear, odorless water that is sitting in your glass now?<p>Safe drinking water is a privilege Americans often take for granted — …

Using green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”.<p>But did you …

As Groundwater Withdrawals Increase, Jakarta Sinks

<i>Subsidence strikes the foundations of an Asian megacity.</i><p>Jakarta is sinking as it pumps groundwater to provide drinking water for more than 10 million …

Obama’s Spending Plan Pumps $260M into Water Technology R&D

President Obama’s budget includes almost $260 million to fund a water innovation strategy, which the White House says will boost water sustainability …

How to Create Physics-Defying Illusions with Water

Joey Shanks of PBS Digital Studios uses a bass tone and super-slow motion to make water do crazy things.<p>At high speeds, the movement of objects and substances like water look like blurs to the naked eye. But as Joey Schenkenberg (a.k.a., Joey Shanks) proves on his Shanks FX YouTube channel for PBS …

Desalination plants 'hidden asset' for power, water: Research reveals economic, environmental benefits for cities

Research reveals economic, environmental benefits for cities<p>Generating hydropower from infrequently used desalination plants would create economic …

How to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis, resulting in potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water supply, shines a spotlight the devastating environment, …

Water Works Association Eyes Lessons in Flint's Water Crisis

As the effects of the water crisis facing Flint, Michigan, become more apparent, the American Water Works Association is speaking up about both cost …

Infographic: The Age of U.S. Drinking Water Pipes — From Civil War Era to Today

<i>Water main ages reflect the nation’s growth</i><b>By Brett Walton<br>Circle of Blue</b>The American Water Works Association calls it the Replacement Era. An …

Make Amazing Homemade Pizza By Paying Special Attention to the Water

Pizzerias do this for their delivery pies, but home cooks can learn it too: You can make homemade pizza especially delicious by paying attention to …

Water Risks are Growing; Here’s a Tool to Help Us Prepare

Changing Planet<p>This map shows annual, seasonal and dry-year depletion for 15,091 watersheds worldwide. The inclusion of seasonal and dry-year depletion estimates increases by 15-fold the number of watersheds experiencing depletion of 75% or more. Source: Kate A. Brauman et al., in Elementa, January …

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4 Billion People Face Water Scarcity

02/15/2016 · by carylsue · in Current Event Connection, Geography In the News. ·<p><b>ENVIRONMENT</b><p>Water shortages are affecting two-thirds of world’s population for at least month every year, a statistic far worse than previously thought. (The Guardian)<p>Use our lesson plan to answer the question: Will …

The White House Wants To Spend $300 Million On A Water Revolution

The amount is small, but the government is finally showing that it’s interested in real solutions to our massive water problems–in Flint and everywhere else.<p>Imagine a world in which desalinated water, instead of being five or 10 times the cost of water from a river or lake, was just as cheap as any …

Seeing the Future through Program Management

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LA Kicks Off a Program to Save Rainwater for Drought Usage

California, a state that’s experiencing an unprecedented drought, might be getting an unusually wet winter. El Niño, characterized by unusually warm …

California seeks to build one of world's largest recycled water programs

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is in talks with Los Angeles County sanitation districts about developing what could be one of the largest recycled water programs in the world.<p>In a committee meeting Monday, the agency's staff presented the framework of a plan to purify and …

Obama administration aims to reduce US water footprint

The Obama administration has begun an initiative aimed at making the United States more water-efficient, saying the country has the potential to …

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Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — At first glance, the square known as Tåsinge Plads doesn’t look much different from other parks in Copenhagen. A young couple …

Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years

It's not simply Flint that has bad water. The Michigan city, which has grabbed headlines recently for its rampant water contamination, is joined in that dubious distinction by another town, much farther south: St. Joseph, La.<p>"It's just a given fact that at some point during the week, you're going …

New Orleans Is Done Fighting Water

The city is using a big federal grant to filter and retain the stormwater it once banished.<p>Unlike some other flood-prone, below-sea-level cities, New Orleans keeps its water hidden.<p>Whereas Amsterdam and Venice channel the seasthrough a dense network of canals dispersed throughout the city, New …

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A Cheap Cure for Flint? Scientists Tout New Fix for Tainted Water

If you're going to announce a potentially groundbreaking method of clearing lead and other contaminants from drinking water, this is a good time.<p>Swiss scientist Raffaele Mezzenga did just that this past week, publishing the results of a two-year water-filter project as a lead-pollution crisis raged …

Flint Begins The Long Process Of Fixing Its Water Problem

In Flint, Mich., families are using bottled water to do everything — from cooking to bathing.<p>The tap water is still unsafe to drink after government officials allowed corroded lead pipes to poison the water.<p>People in Flint have lots of questions for those officials. Perhaps the biggest is the one …