Did You Know Reducing Your Energy Use Conserves Water?

DID YOU KNOW REDUCING YOUR ENERGY USE CONSERVES WATER?

Water is one of the most important utilities in our lives, which is why ensuring our ability to use it is so important. Unfortunately, we often end up wasting more than just water when we leave the tap running for too long.

In fact, more than a quarter of all the energy we use revolves around heating and using water, and that’s just for normal day-to-day activities like washing dishes.

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Large hydropower dams ‘not sustainable’ in developing world

photo: lots of water flowing over dam spillway.

Photo: Problems at the Oroville dam in California in 2017 saw 10,000 people evacuated

A new study says that many large-scale hydropower projects in Europe and the US have been disastrous for the environment.

Dozens of these dams are being removed every year, with many considered dangerous and uneconomic.

But the authors fear that the unsustainable nature of these projects has not been recognised in the developing world.

Thousands of … [more…]

83% decline of freshwater animals underscores need to protect, restore freshwaters

photo: muskrat or beaver reflected in water. An 83% decline of freshwater animals underscores the need to protect and restore freshwaters

Certain groups of animals are declining at an alarming rate—and none more so than those living in freshwater.

This year’s Living Planet Report shows that populations of animals—including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians—plummeted by 60% between 1970 and 2014. But those living in freshwater are experiencing a far more drastic decline: 83% since 1970. It’s a sobering statistic and one tied directly to the ever-increasing pressures that people are … [more…]

Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy. At the same time, electricity is needed to provide drinking water and treat wastewater. Recognizing rising water-energy nexus pressures, a range of water utilities around the world are developing innovative solutions to reduce these pressures.

Melbourne Water’s hydro-electric power stations

Melbourne Water has hydro-electric power stations operating throughout its supply network, generating renewable energy from the flow and pressure of … [more…]

Report: over half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling

photo: US EPA logo on window or door. More than half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling, report says

Drillers withheld information on at least one chemical in some 2,500 wells, citing trade secrets

Energy companies in Pennsylvania declined to identify potentially harmful chemicals used for drilling and fracking for natural gas in more than half the wells developed between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity, a Massachusetts nonprofit that does research and advocacy on energy policy, … [more…]