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Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Infrastructure is not just about connections between technological aspects of civilization, it is also about the lack of connections. For every link between buildings and cities via power lines, fiber optics, and water pipe, there is another fence, a wall, or a vault buried underneath the earth. Environmental art seeks to engage connections between people and landscapes, but it does not have a monopoly on these aesthetic relationships. And in fact, entities such as large public infrastructure authorities often have way more power to engage these connections, or to shut them off.

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Water: What You Pay For

Monday, August 31st, 2015
Water: What You Pay For

Learn the least you should know about the water you not only love, but need to survive! Find out about the water service a typical residential water bill covers, and the costs of delivering a consistent, reliable flow of safe and affordable drinking water to your faucet.

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U.S. EPA: Working to Safeguard our Drinking Water

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
U.S. EPA: Working to Safeguard our Drinking Water

Nick Dugan is an environmental engineer working in EPA’s Cincinnati laboratory. He is currently focused on bench-scale trials evaluating the impact of common drinking water treatment oxidants on intact, toxin-producing cyanobacterial cells over a range of water quality conditions.

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2015 Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Industry Report

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Figure 1 Ratings of water industry issues-trends over time

U.S. water service providers are uniquely accustomed to changing conditions. But rarely have so many competing pressures tested the industry as they do in 2015. Strained capital budgets, aging equipment and distribution systems, social pressures around sustainability and water scarcity are further impacting a sector that is already in the midst of a decade-long business model transformation. These pressures are also rewriting the rules for utilities that have been forced to prioritize “need to have” infrastructure investments at the expense of investments in their future.

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Interactive Map: Reducing Leakage from State Water Systems

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Cutting Our Losses Interactive Map

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has assembled a new resource to help plug the holes in our nation’s aging water infrastructure. According to the NRDC, “billions of gallons of water are lost every day from U.S. drinking water systems.” With climate change and demand patterns affecting water resources throughout the U.S., we need to do whatever it takes to monitor and prevent leakage system wide.

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Interactive Map: Visualizing Urban Watersheds

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Los Angeles Freshwater Sources

Want to learn more about water’s journey to reach your tap? Check out The Nature Conservancy’s massively informative Urban Water Blueprint.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jenny Hoffner, Senior Director and Co-Lead, Clean Water Supply Program, American Rivers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

Jenny Hoffner is Senior Director and Co-Lead of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program leading a national program to advance climate resilient, predictable, reliable clean water supply policies for communities and their rivers.

“Water is life. We take it for granted in our country but it’s absolutely essential that we pay attention to this most precious and finite of resources…And we have increased demands across the board on our finite water supplies.”

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Infographic: The Miracle of Clean Water

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The Miracle of Clean Water Infographic

As society developed throughout the 20th century, public drinking water has come a long way. However, there are still many risks associated with drinking water from the tap. As public water systems cater to larger populations with each passing year, is drinking city water worth the risk?

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Building the Blue Economy

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
PUSH Blue crew working on green infrastructure in Buffalo’s west side


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Wasting Water Endangers Texas’ Rivers, Fish and Wildlife

Monday, November 18th, 2013
To the Last Drop: Wasting Water Endangers Texas

Investing in water efficiency and conservation measures will help protect Texas’ rivers and is a better choice for meeting the state’s water needs than building new reservoirs and adding pipelines to transfer water to distant consumers.

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