Toxic Ash—A Disaster for Our Water Sources

There is an old saying, “You can’t fight Mother Nature.” This saying is especially true when it comes to natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions and wildfires, which are two of the three main sources of toxic ash. The third …
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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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Smart Water by the Numbers

It’s that time of year again – time to look at some of the major challenges facing water utilities around the globe, and what kind of growth we can expect for the smart water management sector that is bringing innovative …
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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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Smart Water Management Market: Dramatic Growth Forecast

Transparency Market Research (TMR) announced earlier this week that the smart water management market will reach US$15.23 billion by 2019 – with a staggering CAGR of 17.7% for the 2012-2019 period.[1] Similarly, Markets and Markets announced in April that the …
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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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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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5 Ways AMR/AMI Reduces Physical NRW Loss

In our series of blogs on non-revenue water (NRW), Who is Stealing Your Water? discusses the role of water theft, The Cost of Water Meter Inaccuracy discusses how to minimize the impact of water meter inaccuracy and 5 Tips for …
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