Stockholm Water Prize 2020: Better Groundwater Management

Each year since 1991 the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize on March 22, World Water Day. This year the focus is on groundwater management. Originally a part of the Stockholm Water Festival, which …
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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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Smart Agriculture by the Numbers

The agriculture IQ is growing Cutting-edge technologies – from IoT connectivity to big data predictive analytics – are revolutionizing the agriculture market. Critical data about soil, water, weather, etc. is collected and transmitted by agricultural drones or sensors connected to …
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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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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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