Smart Water Management

Water is a necessary resource and can often be described as life itself, since without water persons will not be able to survive. Yet, while such a resource is needed and is mainly provided by water management utilities, such organizations can employ technology and smart techniques to ensure smooth operations, which overall can lead to lower operational costs.

In a recent article published by Daniel P. Duffy, on 11 September, 2018, he highlights the basis of smart water management, such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technologies and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems, and highlights what this entails and some relevant suppliers of the technology.

One can read the full article by clicking on the following link Intelligent Water Management

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Chemical Movement

Persons working in water utilities have always warned about the harm that fertilizers and insecticides can pose to water sources, especially when it comes to contaminating surface and ground water sources that contribute to the potable water supply.

In a recent article by Janice Kaspersen, published in the Erosion Control magazine 8 October, 2018, she highlights new research that precisely predicts the movement of such chemicals in soils, in an affordable and effective way that may one they be used on a large scale.

To read the full article and comment one can click on the following link Where Does It All Go?

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Does legal mean safe?

In a guest blog in the Water Efficiency Magazine Dr. Edo McGowan, who has forty years of experience in the development of local, regional, and international programs relating to health aspects of water quality, vector control, as well as, the analyses and disposal of hazardous materials, discusses the legality  of water compared to its safety, since there could be many new contaminants existing that may not be found in laboratory tests.

To read and comment on the article click the following Legal vs. Safe Water

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Dealing with FOGs (Fats, Oils and Grease)

As employees working within the water sector, we at some point get to know about fats, oils and grease and the damage they can cause to pipes, whether it is through public education or getting our hands dirty when we have to deal with the clogs created by pouring these fats, oils and grease down the drain.

In a recent article by Laura Sanchez, the editor of the Water Efficiency Magazine, she highlights a new strategy for dealing with FOGs (fats, oil and grease) developed by a research team from the University of British Colombia in Canada.

To read the article and comment you can follow the link Fatberg to Fuel.

Do you think such a process can make a difference or is it just another pipe dream? 🙂

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Getting Your Paper Published

A recent article published by the Alan Robock on 20th September, 2018 in the Earth and Space Science News, provides guidelines to persons wishing to get their papers published in their journal of choice.

Please click on the link below to read the complete article: Getting Your Paper Published Part 2: Good Grammar, Clear Figures.

You can also check out the related article Getting Your Paper Published Part 1: Don’t Annoy the Reviewers.

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Call for Proposals

The Youth for Water and Climate  Platform is looking for youth-led projects (that is projects developed by persons between the ages of 18 -35 years of age). As a result, this call for proposal would seek to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation with support from the International Secretariat for Water and contributions of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.  Therefore, youth from around the world would be able to access financial support, in order to implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.

 

The period for accepting proposals is open from 18 September to 16 October 2018, therefore all project submissions received during that period will be admissible. Interested persons can visit the official website for project submission guidelines or contact the Youth for Water and Climate (YWC) Secretariat at ywcplatform@gmail.com.

Results would be announced during the period 9 November to 2 December 2018 and winners would be showcased during the COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)). COP24 will take place in December, in Poland.

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Creating Awareness of Beating Plastic Pollution

In the article linked below, we see that one man, Ben Morison, has taken on the challenge of becoming a change agent, in terms of making persons see that plastic pollution can be remodeled and reused in developing areas, without the need for high tech technologies. This was done by building  the FlipFlopi dhow, with volunteers using ten tonnes of recycled plastic, which was sourced from the beaches of Lamu , as well as, from the streets of Nairobi, Malindi and Mombasa.

One can read about Ben Morison and his team’s accomplishment and  their future initiatives by clicking the link Flamboyant Flipflopi Dhow Seeks Sea Change – How we view plastic

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Innovations to Beat Plastic Pollution

With many of us becoming aware of the detriment that plastics pose to the environment, as a result of recent research and  campaigns carried out for World Environment Day, there are some persons who are truly taking on an active role in finding a solution for single use plastics or plastics on a whole.

For instance, in one article “Boxed In” by Janice Kaspersen, the editor of Stormwater Magazine by Forester Media, she looks at boxed water sold in biodegradable containers.

Another recent article published on September 4th 2018, Janice Kaspersen, discusses how chemists at the University of Illinois, are trying to create plastics that break down in components that would not interfere with the environment under certain conditions such as heat and ultraviolet light.

Such  tests and innovations make me really hope that the scourge of plastics can be brought under control.

What do you guys think? Do you think that we will ever truly be able to “beat plastic pollution?

 

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The Plastic Cup

With our upcoming beach clean-up campaign in mind, I recently read an article on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website that puts a bit of fun into cleaning up other people’s messes, while maintaining a healthy environment.

Such an event is known as The Plastic Cup, which sees various teams (known as Plastic Pirates) travelling along the Tisza River,  a major tributary of the Danube River, that passes through countries such as Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Serbia, in boats made from recyclable materials, collecting plastic refuse that populate the waterway.

Doesn’t that sound like fun!

To read more about such a fun but noble event click on the following link  The world’s river and streams need more of this Plastic Cup

One can also visit the additional resources posted within the article such as the event’s official website and official story video trailer for more information.

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Beating Plastic Pollution in Latin America and the Caribbean

As someone who is aware of the havoc that plastics can pose for the environment and even as an employee in the water sector, I  must admit that I cringe when organizations claiming corporate responsibility to society do not try to limit the use of plastics within their operations.  I am sure, many of you may question whether they know that plastics harm the environment while travelling along waterways, endangering marine life, depositing microplastics, and even causing issues in wastewater treatment plants.

One such plastic culprit is the straw which we get attached to juice boxes for our kids, when we buy fast food and even when we visit local restaurants.

Yet, I was glad to see in a recent article from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), that there are countries who are willing to bring about the necessary change, even going so far to charge companies that go against the ban of plastic straws.

One can read more about this by following the link Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

 

 

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