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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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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Revenue Insurance for Water Utilities?

Water services are the most expensive utilities to operate in terms of capital required per dollar of revenue, yet in the USA water is typically the lowest monthly utility bill.[1] With growing populations, aging infrastructures, and increasingly dramatic climate stresses …
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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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Merging Smart Water with Smart Cities

SWAN – The Smart Water Networks Forum, is a worldwide industry forum promoting the use of data technologies in water networks, making them smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. Their 5th Annual Conference, which took place in London on April …
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Contazara wins Aragon’s Excellence award

Contazara, the Spanish arm of the Arad Group, has been recognized for its excellence by the  Instituto Aragones de Fomento (IAF), the Aragon Institute of Development. Contazara, which specializes in developing and manufacturing intelligent water metering systems for the residential and …
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