The winners of the U.S. Water Alliance’s 2012 U.S. Water Prize will be honored in a special ceremony on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. National water and environmental leaders will attend the celebration. Each recipient will receive a handcrafted, water-inspired, ceramic art work commissioned from internationally acclaimed potter Miranda Thomas. RSVP today by clicking on the link. http://bit.ly/2012uswp Password: 2012prize. A limited number of seats are available. “These six water champions are showing America how to innovate, integrate, and educate for water sustainability and economic success,” explained Alliance President Ben Grumbles. U.S. Water Prize winners by alphabetical order are Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Philadelphia Water Department, Project WET Foundation, Salmon Falls […]
Google recently partnered with Douglas County, GA to reduce its local data center’s environmental impact. Data centers must maintain cool temperatures to keep their equipment from overheating. When Google’s data center opened in 2007, it was using drinking water from the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (DDCWSA) for cooling, later Google realized how much potable water it was wasting in the process. Thus began Google’s cooperation with the WSA to upgrade their systems to make use of reclaimed water for the cooling of their systems. In consultation with DDCWSA, Google instituted a plan to use recycled/reclaimed water for their facilities, thereby, reducing their water footprint. DDCWSA diverts up to 30% of the water that would be processed by their […]
The Columbia Water Center, a branch of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is dedicated to research and analysis of water issues across the world, with a particular focus on water scarcity. The Center has released an animated video entitled “Deeper Than Water.” Visually striking and full of useful facts and figures, the video is excellent primer to the water issues we face today. In roughly two minutes it illustrates the value of water, and Columbia University’s efforts to ease our growing water crisis.
The 2011 James Dyson Award has been awarded to Edward Linacre of Melbourne, Australia for his Airdrop irrigation system — a device capable of transforming drought-ridden areas into fertile farmland. The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent. The Airdrop is modeled after the Namib Desert beetle, which is able to live in the driest of conditions by capturing and collecting small amounts of water from the air. Linacre’s irrigation system harvests tiny amounts of moisture from even the driest climate and then pushes […]
Monday, May 9, in a ceremony before more than 250 people, the U.S. Water Alliance presented the 2011 U.S. Water Prize to five organizations reflecting the diversity of America. Each winner sets a shining example for innovating, integrating, and collaborating to sustain America’s liquid assets: The City of Los Angeles, Milwaukee Water Council, National Great Rivers Research & Education Center, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pacific Institute. Please help celebrate and promote these superior models by linking into a new 5 minute videothat highlights their achievements in promoting and advancing water sustainability. “In addition to recognizing these five leaders, the U.S. Water Prize has become a unifying star for the water sector,” explains President Ben Grumbles […]
An interview with U.S. Water Alliance President Ben Grumbles on hydraulic fracturing with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan
The U.S. House of Representatives may vote soon on the Paul Simon World Water Act (H.R. 2030/S. 624). The Act, which was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 20, 2010, seeks safe access to water for over a 100,000,000 people worldwide. The Chronicle’s Group has just released a short film, co-sponsored by the U.S. Water Alliance, highlighting the worldwide water-access problem the Act would help address. The Act is named after the late Senate Democrat, Paul Simon, whose involvement in the issue stemmed from concern during the Clinton administration over intelligence reports predicting future regional instability over resource demands not from lack of oil but water. In 2001 the late senator identified flashpoints where the possibility of war and […]
Veolia Water North America (Veolia) recently unveiled the Water Impact Index, the first indicator enabling a comprehensive assessment of the impact of human activity on water resources. The company also announced what is believed to be the first-ever simultaneous analysis of water and carbon on a major metropolitan area’s water cycle. Most water indexes are limited to raw per-gallon usage or measures of scarcity, known as stress. The Water Impact Index, however, combines a broader range of components: consumption; stress; water quality; and the energy necessary to treat and pump water. In essence, the index combines a water footprint with a carbon footprint – potentially changing how water is measured and valued in entirely new ways in the 21st-century economy. […]
The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) tells the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all. About the creator.
Great overview on how America values water with an interview of Pat Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Board Member of the U.S. Water Alliance.