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2017

In greening its shorelines, Manila hopes to clean up pollution and reduce floods

21-07-2017

Eusebio Jacinto, a staff officer from the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, shows a bamboo planting intended to address Laguna de Bay’s issues with water pollution and flooding. Photo credit: Keith Schneider/Citiscope Colonised by Spain, the Philippines is one of Asia’s many metropolitan areas, teeming with …

Editor’s pickGroundwater may be a bigger player in predicting rainforest fires than previously thought

20-07-2017

Indonesian military personnel fight a large peat fire in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, in 2015. Photo credi: David Gaveau/Centre for International Forestry Research Tropical rainforests are called so because they are geographically located in areas that experience high rainfall, but also close to the equator. But in Southeast Asia (SEA), …

New technologies are reducing the large carbon footprint wastewater leaves behind

19-07-2017

Wastewater treatment plants, while good for the environment in that they treat and clean wastewater, are nonetheless energy guzzlers. The Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation released the results of a study conducted in 2013 that concluded that the plants alone consumed an estimated 30 billion kilowatt hours of …

Water filters based on wood are capable of trapping bacteria, a study has found

18-07-2017

A water sample before filtration using cellulose filters with a positively charged polymer surface, as compared to before. Photo credit: David Callahan/KTH Royal Institute of Technology Cellulose filters with polymer surfaces that have been positively charged are capable of trapping bacteria in water, according to KTH Royal Institute of …

Editor’s pickVIETWATER 2017: Leading water companies will be in attendance

17-07-2017

VIETWATER 2016. Photo credit: UBM Asia (Malaysia) VIETWATER, organised by UBM Asia, will hold its ninth edition at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from the 8th to the 10th of November 2017. An integrated business platform where international enterprises, local companies, trade professionals, government delegates, key decision-makers, and consultants …

WEF formalises their commitment to intelligent water systems and smart water networks

14-07-2017

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), agreeing to jointly advocate the development of best industry practices for more efficient and sustainable smart water networks. Even as the water industry continues to promote and adopt innovation, smart water networks have …

IE expo Guangzhou 2017 will focus on South China’s environmental market

14-07-2017

With the conclusion of the successful IE expo China 2017 that brought in more than 55,000 visitors and 1,630 exhibitors to Shanghai, China, in May, the spin-off IE expo Guangzhou, that will take place in the China Import & Export Fair Complex, is also showing signs of growth. Now, four months before the opening of the event, the demand for the …

Editor’s pickWater and sewer prices are quickly outstripping inflation

13-07-2017

  Prices for utility water and wastewater across 50 cities in the U.S. Photo credit: Bluefield Research Residential water and wastewater process have steadily risen by an estimated 5.7 per cent over the last half decade, completely outpacing the average annual income growth, which stands at five per cent, and exceeding the rate of inflation …