Preparing for climate change: California’s huge investment in water storage

photo: dry California's new water storage plans. To prepare for climate change, California is making a huge investment in water storage

On Tuesday, the California Water Commission completed a groundbreaking process to make the state’s largest investment in water storage in a generation. With the commission’s action, eight diverse projects around the state are in line to receive nearly $2.7 billion from Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014.

These projects – including $816 million for the Sites reservoir north of Sacramento – could add 4.3 million acre-feet of new water … [more…]

66-year-old Alan Turing paper inspires new water-purification technique

photo: Alan Turing

When you think about the English computer scientist Alan Turing you most probably think of either his code-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park during World War II or his early hypotheses about artificial intelligence, which resulted in the formulation of the famous Turing Test.

Something you probably don’t associate him with? Groundbreaking chemistry — and, more specifically, groundbreaking chemistry which could soon be used to provide people around the world with

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How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

photo: How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

Photo: Mark Henle/azcentral.com

Video (see link below): Mark Sorensen, Star School co-founder, talks about an old school bus that was converted into a solar-powered water desalination system to purify well water for residents on the Navajo Nation.

Many in the Navajo Nation don’t have running water and the well water often isn’t safe to drink. Residents turn to bottled water, which can be expensive, while some see desalination as a

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Opinion: Desalination plant in Southern California is important to water security

Opinion: Desalination plant in Southern California is important to water security

Photo: Workers prepare a desalination plant for service at the Charles Meyer Desalination Facility in Santa Barbara this year. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Climate change is all around us. Extreme weather conditions including recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria demonstrate the intensity and impact of climate change on our environment. We’ve seen California and other parts of the West Coast fight large, uncontrollable wildfires and our neighbors in Mexico … [more…]

Using sunlight to the max

Membranes of MXene have potential for water purification. Materials called transition-metal carbides have remarkable properties that open new possibilities in water desalination and wastewater treatment.

illustration: Using sunlight to the max

A KAUST team has found compounds of transition metals and carbon, known as a MXenes but pronounced “maxenes,” can efficiently evaporate water using power supplied by the sun. Renyuan Li, a PhD student at KAUST, has investigated a MXene in which titanium and carbon combine … [more…]