With recent drought conditions still etched in our memory, and the possibility of such conditions looming in the present dry season, we all know how precious water is to our daily survival. Yet, in certain parts of Iran, namely in the Sistan and Baluchistan provinces, persons find life a daily struggle with limited water and harsh drought conditions coupled with the effects of climate change.
Persons may click on the link below to read how Iran’s environment has been affected by drought and climate change.
We have just received our print copy of the Water Policy journal for the month of October. This journal is the official journal of the World Water Council and is published by IWA Publishing.
This issue focuses on several topics related to water management and integrated water management in terms of food security, water quality and public perception, water supply, water ethics, urban groundwater, flood maps and their role, as well as, quality standards and monitoring.
Persons wishing to view this document can send me an email or visit me at my desk.
The article below by Dan Rafter, published April 2 2018, highlights how the IoT (Internet of Things) is allowing water utilities to get smart and provide a better service to customers, as well as, manage the operations of the water utility.
Inside the Internet of Things
Making water utilities smarter
Dan Rafter – April 2 2018.
When you think of the Internet of Things movement, or IoT for short, you might think of a refrigerator that tells its users when a bottle of milk is getting old. Or maybe you picture an alarm clock that not only wakes you up at 5:30 a.m. but also tells your coffee maker to start brewing your favorite cup of joe.
The IoT movement has great potential to change our lives. Simply put, IoT refers to devices at work or at home that are all connected to the Internet and that all then talk to each other and share data.
The home version of the IoT movement sounds like fun. A sensor in your car can tell the lights in your home’s living room to switch on minutes before you pull into your driveway.
But what about in the workplace? And what about for water utilities? Does the IoT movement have a place in water delivery?
You can click on the following link to read the rest of the article.
Within our own private circle, it is sometimes difficult to think how an issue may exist for someone else. One such issue, which is currently being considered by private organizations and agencies is the fact that accessing water is a gender issue, which negatively impacts women, for many cultures.
In a recent story, Sew Much Better Now, provided by Water.org, we see how one woman was unable to provide sufficiently for her family, since much of her time was spent in sourcing water for her family.
I hope that the above story will allow many more persons to understand the issue of gender and water, and be able to make a difference in some way even if they have to donate through Water.org to do so.
In the article below by Laura Sanchez, published March 7th 2018, one looks at how farmers in the United States seek to replenish groundwater supply via on-farm groundwater recharge. One can read the full article and comment by following the link below.
Can groundwater recharge safeguard agricultural water supplies?
Many agricultural areas of the American West are reliant on groundwater withdrawals—and even more so in the face of drought. But many aquifers have become depleted or overdrafted over the years. And as temperatures rise with climate change and as droughts become more extreme, overdrafts are likely to increase. To help ensure sustainable water supplies,farmers today are attempting to restore water sources beneath agricultural fields through a practice called on-farm groundwater recharge.
Ten (10) million (let’s let that number soak in a little bit)…ten (10) million people, i.e. now have access to safe water and sanitation through the work of Water.org and the many who have contributed to their cause.
To get an idea of the numbers reached, as well as, to meet ten of the ten million people who have been able to access safe water and sanitation follow the 10 million link.
Persons interested in donating to the cause can just click on donate to be redirected to the relevant page.