Strategies & Innovations
California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a Stanford University study published in the journal Science. The study considers other countries such as Canada that recognize indigenous community water rights. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Santa Cruz, CA – A new study shows how collecting storm-water runoff to replenish depleted ground water supplies can be coupled with a simple strategy to reduce nitrate contaminants.
Sudbury, Ont. – The Canadian government has invested in a water filtration system made by Activated White Ltd. of Sudbury, Ont.
Minnetonka, MN – Summit Envirosolutions' ground water visualization tools were recognized with an innovation application award at the recent Digi International Global IoT Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
State College, PA, and Dallas, TX – A team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Texas at Dallas recently designed a new slippery surface for water harvesting applications. This slippery solution, so named the slippery rough surface, was achieved through the process of biomimicry. Engineering.com reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 15, 2017, Australia – Australian research organization CSIRO has created a short video describing managed aquifer recharge, the concept of humans storing water underground.
India – With the aim of completely changing the way ground water is managed, the central government of India has proposed guidelines that stipulate all industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects that draw or propose to draw ground water will now need to obtain a no-objection certificate. Live Mint reports. | READ MORE
Tulsa, OK – Researchers at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma are proposing the use of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, or LIBS, as an analytical technique to detect a suite of elements in water samples. The University of Tulsa reports on the research. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Scientists at the University of British Columbia have released a policy paper highlighting how metagenomics is being used to study the microbial communities in the water in order to develop new tests to assess water quality. READ MORE
Australia – Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have proposed a novel method for optimizing ground water monitoring well network design in which many plausible future outcomes of water quality are considered and synthesized to help the design of a network. Read more about the study on Wiley Online Library. | READ MORE
Fort Wayne, IN – STAR Island, an off-grid sustainable resort in the Bahamas, is working with Franklin Electric on innovative potable water and pumping systems.
Oxford, U.K. – Smart systems, big-data technologies and decentralized solutions for water treatment are expected to grow in the next five years as aging infrastructure, leakage management and intelligent sewer networks rise up the utility agenda.
Manchester, U.K. – A team from the University of Manchester have demonstrated the real-world potential of creating adequate clean water sources using graphene-oxide for new filtration technologies. RandD Magazine reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – A number of technological innovations address the crisis in novel ways. Water experts assess some of the most creative approaches. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Researchers are counting on a monitoring system created by a University of Alberta professor to keep ice core samples that could reveal thousands of years of climate information from turning into a worthless puddle. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
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