The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with many partners, recognizes National Groundwater Awareness Week: March 9-15, 2014. Read more in this post and at the USGS National Groundwater Awareness Week website.
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The U.S. Water Prize was initiated four years ago by the U.S. Water Alliance to elevate those organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for water sustainability.
The 2014 U.S. Water Prize winners are:
- Alliance for Water Efficiency, Chicago, Illinois;
- American Water, Voorhees, New Jersey;
- Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio; and
- Orange County Water District and Sanitation District, California.
Winners will be honored in an awards ceremony on April 7, 2014 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. For more information about the winners, visit: http://www.uswateralliance.org/2014/02/05/2014-u-s-water-prize-winners-announced-2/.
ENERGY STAR Hosts Webcast on Tracking Progress of Energy Efficiency Efforts for Wastewater Treatment Plants
ENERGY STAR will host a webinar entitled “Tracking Progress of Energy Efficiency Efforts for Wastewater Treatment Plants” on March 12, 2014 from noon-1pm CDT.
Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants with that of other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time. Attendees will also receive a live demonstration of the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator.
For more information and to register, visit: https://esbuildings.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=esbuildings.
The report is the culmination of a multi-year project that examines the ability of water utilities to thrive in the presence of fiscal stresses. The project was made possible due to the collaboration of utility partners from across the continent representing a wide range of sizes, governance models, pricing strategies, climates, and demographic trends. Analyses were conducted at the national, regional, and utility level using financial and usage data from thousands of utilities and hundreds of thousands of water customers.
The comprehensive report, “Defining a Resilient Business Model for Water Utilities,” provides an assessment of the revenue resilience of the industry’s business model, discusses factors influencing revenue resiliency, and offers strategies and practices for revenue resiliency.
The report is complemented by two tools for water utilities to use in exploring the revenue resiliency of their own business model: the Water Utility Revenue Risk Assessment Tool and the Water Utility Customer Assistance Program Cost Estimator. To access the tools and report, visit http://www.waterrf.org/Pages/Projects.aspx?PID=4366.
Read the full post at Great Lakes Echo.
Hoping for a quick thaw to escape the winter blues? Not so fast.
A fast melt of accumulated snow could harm Michigan waters. The problem: Winter application of manure to farm fields.
Rapidly melting snow runs off frozen ground and heads toward lakes and streams. It can carrying with it manure that sat on top of the snow.
Read the full post at Grist.
“I consider myself a fairly water-conscious person,” says the average American, sipping on a venti iced coffee while dipping his toes in an Olympic-sized pool, spritzing himself with Evian. “I probably just use a few gallons a day,” he continues, stepping out of a 45-minute shower. “By the way — have I told you about my toilet that flushes automatically every 20 minutes, just to make sure it’s consistently pristine?”
Just kidding — it’s not quite that bad. But, according to a recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the average American consumes twice as much water as she thinks she does. Furthermore, we Americans are not quite sure which practices are the most water-intensive. As it turns out, the Olympic-sized pool isn’t the biggest concern — 70 percent of personal water use occurs within the home, according to a 2005 EPA study. And the biggest culprit under the roof? Toilet-flushing, accounting for 27 percent of all indoor water use.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge one month ago to help hotels assess, change, and track their water use using best management practices. Interested hotels can dive right in and take the pledge today, and any organization can help spread the word and recruit hotels.
As part of the H2Otel Challenge, WaterSense is offering a series of technical training webinars that begin this week. To learn more about the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, review specific water best management practices, and hear from professionals who are using water more efficiently, register now:
- Assess, Track, and Realize Payback
March 6, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern
- Take the Plunge! The WaterSense H2Otel Challenge
March 12, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern
- Washing 101: A Plumbing and Laundry Efficiency Primer
March 27, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern
- Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings
April 17, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern
After talks with the cabinet office, real-time river levels, flood maps and more could all become available as free and commercially reusable data.
Read the full story in R&D Magazine.
In recent years, palm oil production has come under fire from environmentalists concerned about the deforestation of land in the tropics to make way for new palm plantations. Now there is a new reason to be concerned about palm oil’s environmental impact, according to researchers at the Univ. of Colorado Boulder.
An analysis published in Nature Climate Change shows that the wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere. But the researchers also present a possible solution: capturing the methane and using it as a renewable energy source.
Read the full story in Fast Company.
The Treeson is a new brand of bottled water made from plant-based plastic that can be later burned for energy. But is it just greenwashing?