Water Value: Changing Our Perception

The Diamond-Water Paradox There’s nothing like a good paradox, wouldn’t you say? Philosophers as far back as Socrates and Plato have pondered the “paradox of value”. In his documentation of a Socratic dialog, Plato writes: “For only what is rare …
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Smart Urban Agriculture: Is It Here to Stay?

Urban agriculture certainly isn’t new: the vegetable gardens that sprung up during World War Two in UK and US cities, for example, were an iconic part of the civilian war effort. What is somewhat surprising, perhaps, is the extent of …
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Smart Water Meters are Driving the Smart Meter Market

Recent smart water meter market forecasts are rosy Several recently published research reports have been uniformly upbeat about the forecasted growth of the smart water meter market. With smart metering in the electricity and gas sectors approaching maturity, smart water …
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Smart Water Investment by the Numbers

The state of smart water investment Smart water innovation addresses a wide range of applications — from precision agriculture, to wastewater recovery, to water utility operation optimization, to consumer water usage reduction. Despite this diversity, all smart water ventures do have …
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South Africa’s Water Challenges

  South Africa at a glance South Africa is about twice the size of the state of Texas, with a population of ~50 million [1]. Although its average annual rainfall is half of the annual global average rainfall (492 mm vs. …
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Viet Nam: Closing the Smart Water Gap

  Introducing the New Viet Nam Did you know that the average age among the 90 million people living in Viet Nam is 29.6 years old and 40% of the population is under 25 years old? [3] Two thirds of …
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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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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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