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…]

A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How’s the water?

photo: A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How's the water?

Photo: Residents and officials on both sides of the border have expressed concerns about how the leachate percolating from the Coventry Landfill in Newport, Vt., is being treated before it gets discharged into Lake Memphremagog. (Rebecca Martel/CBC)

Lake Memphremagog is main water supply for many communities, but toxicity testing stopped in 2009

Plans for the expansion of a landfill in Vermont are seeing pushback from residents and environmental groups north … [more…]

Water Board Sues IBWC Over Untreated Sewage from Tijuana River

photo: Water Board Sues IBWC Over Untreated Sewage from Tijuana River

The state of California is suing the federal government over untreated sewage in the Tijuana River. NBC 7’s Erika Cervantes is in Imperial Beach with more. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018)

Tijuana Sewage Lawsuit Moves Forward

The San Diego Water Board is suing the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), claiming it is violating the Clean Water Act by not monitoring or stopping untreated waste flowing … [more…]

San Francisco’s green-grey infrastructure

San Francisco’s green-grey infrastructure

San Francisco’s green-grey infrastructure

Over the next 20 years, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will spend around $2.7 billion upgrading its sewer system. Read how the city is ensuring it will be a mix of green and grey infrastructure.

By Robert C. Brears

SFPUC’s Urban Water Assessment is part of the city’s Sewer System Improvement Program, the city’s 20-year program to plan, identify, and build investment priorities in the … [more…]

How dairy processors can reduce water waste

How dairy processors can reduce water waste

Dairy processors could look to new technologies to address water sustainability challenges

A 2015 report from the World Economic Forum said that water shortages will be the Earth’s biggest threat in the next decade. Meanwhile, data from UN-Water show that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be experiencing water scarcity, while two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in still-concerning conditions of water stress.

The dairy processing industry has … [more…]