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Concerns rise under the Trump Administration

21-04-2017

An article featured in the April 2017 edition of the Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) magazine looked closely at the associations, researchers and scientists urging the Trump Administration to hold up and guard information sharing and data from federal sources. WE&T staff writer LaShell Stratton-Childers sent shockwaves …

Meurer Research Inc. acquired by Parkson Corporation

20-04-2017

Wholly-own subsidiary of Axel Johnson Inc., Parkson Corporation, has announced its acquiring of Meurer Research Inc. (MRI), in Golden, Colorado, the United States (US). The acquisition integrates two very well-established and respected brands, and also notably boosts Parkson’s standing in the water treatment industry. MRI, founded and …

Editor’s pickAlibaba joins the fight to protect water resources

20-04-2017

Alibaba’s green data centre sits near the Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou, China. Photo credit: Alibaba/China.org.cn One of the largest players in China’s e-commerce sector, Alibaba, has joined forces with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with the aim of protecting water resources in the nation. On Saturday, 15th April, the …

Digitalised pneumatics experience a breakthrough with Festo

19-04-2017

In the upcoming Hannover Messe trade fair, Festo will debut the Festo Motion Terminal around the world, a groundbreaking technological achievement realised by combining hardware and software to produce a digital valve. Developed over a period of three years, the Festo Motion Terminal is not only an intelligent pneumatic automation platform …

Private operators do add value to water service. But what is it?

19-04-2017

When asked what value private operators bring to the provision of water services, the usual answers tend to follow the lines of managerial expertise, technology, and finance. But these answers and arguments are vague and ambiguous at the best of times: Public utilities are highly competent managerial wise, there are many instances of them adopting …

The deteriorating water crisis

17-04-2017

The World Economic Forum had announced in 2015 that the water crisis was the top global risk threatening the world using a calculated impact on society as a measure of devastation caused. Now in 2017, the crisis has not improved. In fact, it has gotten worse in many developing countries. Presently, more than one billion people are living without …

Editor’s pickBefore, water shortage forced a city in India to look underground. Now, fearing the water may run out, they are looking at alternate sources of water

17-04-2017

In a Bengaluru neighbourhood, workmen dig a recharge well in order to replenish the underground water supplies drained by unregulated wells. Photo credit: Patralekha Chatterjee Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, a metropolis 11 million people call home in India, contains thriving start-ups, software giants and multinational corporations …

The problem with our ghosts

17-04-2017

Kansas City in Missouri is not the only metropolis haunted by water’s spectral form. A precious, limited resource, it is crucial not just financially, but for all life forms as well. Every drop of water that has been treated and regarded as drinkable is named revenue water. Water is measured and the consumers pay to use the water, generating …

Editor’s pickWater may be considered a human right, but who will give it?

13-04-2017

Pope Francis’ declaration that safe, drinkable water is a human right should be taken to heart by both the public and private sectors. After all, the issue should be given a central position in business and policy decision-making, famed water expert Asit Biswas, a founder of the International Resources Association and World Water Council, …