Water and the New Urban Agenda

What is Habitat III? Just about four weeks ago (October 17-20) 30,000 mayors, government ministers, policymakers and urbanists from 193 member states gathered at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador to put the final touches on and approve the New Urban …
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Smart Water Management is Good for Business

Why has Nike invested in developing a waterless fabric dyeing process? Why has Nestle spent $7 million to transform a California-based milk factory into a zero-water facility? Why is Coca Cola working conscientiously with the World Wildlife Fund to “replace” …
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The Unsung Heroes of Water Sustainability

As we write these words the Olympics are in full swing in Rio de Janeiro. It is a time when we celebrate athletes from around the globe who have put countless hours behind the scenes into rigorous training in order …
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What REALLY Makes a City Smart?

Although there were cities as early as 4000 BC, ancient cities were generally small and had to be supported by much larger rural populations. Truly urbanized societies, in which a high proportion of the population lives in cities, developed only …
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Recycled Water: Are We Ready?

A recent Circle of Blue survey of 30 major US water utilities shows conclusively that the cost of drinking water is rising. The price of water rose on average by 5% last year, and has risen by almost 50% since …
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IoT-enabled Precision Agriculture Comes of Age

IoT is no longer hype The numbers speak for themselves. There are already more communicative machines connected to the internet than people and the trend is expected to grow exponentially. According to a recent Verizon report[1], the installed base of …
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World Water Day and Corporate Social Responsibility

With the UN having declared March 22 World Water Day, we have recently seen a series of announcements of major corporate initiatives related to water stewardship. In the UK: New Action Plan for water management in the food and beverage …
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Smart Water for Intelligent Buildings

Navigant Research’s recently published report on water management in intelligent buildings[1] explores the opportunities and challenges related to deploying water management technologies and services in the intelligent building.       What Are Intelligent Buildings? As shown in the diagram …
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South Africa’s Drought: A Wake-up Call?

Agriculture: The biggest (and most wasteful) consumer of freshwater A study conducted by University of Twente researchers in the Netherlands has found that about 4 billion people worldwide are suffering from water shortage — driven by population increase, wasteful water consumption …
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