Posted on July 21, 2016 by Envirothink
Editor: The following is an excerpt of an article by Rowan Jacobsen. It offers an intriguing idea and opportunity that not only could help bring water to countries (and villages) parched by continuing drought but also help resolve conflicts between warring nations.
Scientists and others look to desalination as a way to unite longtime enemies in a common cause.
Israel’s Sorek Desalination Plant – an opportunity for water and easing conflicts
July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the sand. The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore.
“Now, that’s a pump!” Edo Bar-Zeev shouts to me over the din of the motors, grinning with undisguised awe at the scene before us. The reservoirs beneath us contain several feet of sand through which the seawater filters before making its way to a vast metal hangar, where it is transformed into enough drinking water to supply 1.5 million people.
Filed under: Drought, Water issues | Tagged: climate change, desalination, drip irrigation, drought, Fertile Crescent, Middle East, Negev Desert, recycled wastewater, reverse osmosis, Sea of Galilee, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 30, 2014 by Envirothink
If you think that slow leak or drip doesn’t add up, think again. A report revealed that Americans waste 2.1 trillion (with a T) gallons of water each year due to old and leaky infrastructure such as aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters.
Listen to this segment from NPR. Then maybe it’s really time – and cost-effective – for cities and residents to invest those funds to repair and replace those old pipes before more of our growingly scarce water gets wasted.
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: broken water mains, faulty infrastructure, infrastructure, leaky pipes, NPR, wasted water | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 18, 2014 by Envirothink
Plastic microbeads – tiny, toxic, plastic beads – are in many of our personal care products, like face scrub and toothpaste. They’re so tiny that they are washing down the drains and into our precious waterways.
graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: 5 Gyres Institute, environmental hazard, microbeads, personal care products, plastic, Plastic microbeads, plastic pollution, waterways | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 25, 2012 by Envirothink
If you’ve flown into or out of the Sacramento airport, looking down you’ll see a lush river area meandering through acres of rice fields. That’s part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the biggest estuary in the West Coast of North America and the focal point of the new documentary “Over Troubled Waters”.
The film, which debuted on August 9th, chronicles the complex issues surrounding California’s tug-of-war struggle for water between the north and south state.
To find out more about this remarkable film and the history and issues surrounding the Delta, go to http://bit.ly/Rl1QrD.
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: Over Troubled Waters, Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the Delta | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 27, 2012 by Envirothink
The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, focus on Governor Brown’s latest water war, photo by Media Creations
On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced what they consider a landmark solution to the state’s water shortage: plans to build a massive twin tunnel system that will bring precious water from the San Joaquin River Delta to farms and cities. These two 33-mile-long tunnels have stirred the pot of an ongoing water war. This controversy is at the heart of a new documentary, Over Troubled Waters.
To understand the issues and some surprising history that’s been concealed, and have a chance to win tickets to the Sacramento premier of Over Troubled Waters, see http://bit.ly/NyVftn.
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: Governor Jerry Brown, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Over Troubled Waters, San Joaquin River Delta, tunnels, water, water shortage, water war | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 23, 2012 by Envirothink
Aqua Cents – a remarkable innovation that dramatically cuts lawn water waste and use
Landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day in the United States. Almost 50 percent of that is wasted– both commercially and residentially– due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering.
With many cities facing severe water shortages and a drought spreading throughout the Southwest, lawns are squandering a precious resource we cannot afford to lose. More cities across the country are installing water meters, and California has mandated that these be installed in all cities by the year 2025.
But saving water requires more than metering. It means rethinking how we water our plants, and developing new best practices that will help us create substantial water savings.
Aqua Cents is an extraordinary technology that could help us with both.
To learn more about how this award-winning technology can help dramatically cut water usage, see http://bit.ly/O7mN8E.
Filed under: Exciting New Technologies Revealed, Water issues | Tagged: Aqua Cents, innovation, irrigation, polymer, waste, water, water meters, water shortages | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 5, 2012 by Envirothink
Instant-Off will eliminate dripping water and reduce your water usage
With the world’s population is increasing and indications showing a growth rate between 40 to 50 percent within the next 50 years, the demand for water won’t be able to keep up.
Concerns about food security in the face of climate change and retreating water sources has turned water into a precious commodity. Wasting water is a luxury we can’t afford.
Better water efficiency is what Instant-Off is all about.
Filed under: Health concerns, Water issues | Tagged: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, conservation, electricity, FDA, food security, Instant-Off, national hardware show, Norwegian Cruise Line, poultry industry, sanitation, water, water crisis | 3 Comments »