Strategies & Innovations
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
California – Some farmers in California are taking advantage of recent heavy rainfall to flood their fields and let water seep into the ground all the way to the aquifer. NPR reports. | READ MORE
Kelowna, B.C. – A UBC research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.
Fayetteville, AR – A new study out of the University of Arkansas suggests improvements in remote monitoring technology may allow farmers to apply water to their crops more efficiently and conserve ground water.
Scientific studies and literature from various manufacturers provide numerous discussions and procedures for installing screened wells over unconsolidated sands and gravels. These calculations usually are concerned with preventing the migration of fine sediments in the water during pumping.
Toronto – A delegation from Ontario recently visited Southern California to showcase Canadian companies working in the water field and to continue collaboration with like-minded researchers in the United States. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
Santa Monica, CA – A Vancouver engineering firm’s solar-powered desalination pipe design is a finalist in the Land Art Generator Initiative.
Cambridge, MA – Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have nano-engineered spinach plants to sample analytes in ambient ground water and send the information to a smartphone.
Cranfield, U.K. – Scientists at Cranfield University in the U.K., have developed the Nano Membrane Toilet to bring household service to those without access to basic toilets. The model is able to treat human waste on site without water. Inhabitat reports. | READ MORE
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