The circular economy and the water world
Jan31

The circular economy and the water world

With the rise of the circular economy, where products and waste materials are reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled, water utilities need to understand the flow of resources – water and non-water – in and out of cities Click & Tweet! . One water utility leading the way in implementing the circular economy is Berlin’s Berliner Wasserbetriebe. Berliner Wasserbetriebe leading the circular economy Berliner Wasserbetriebe is an...

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South Australia’s circular economy initiative
Jan18

South Australia’s circular economy initiative

In the circular economy, businesses and consumers are taking steps to transition towards a stronger, more circular economy Click & Tweet! where resources, including water, are used in a more sustainable way. Creating a circular economy is about ‘closing the loop’ of product lifecycles Click & Tweet! through greater recycling and re-use, with significant benefits to both the economy and the environment. In one recent report by the...

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Creating a water-secure future for cities
Dec14

Creating a water-secure future for cities

With global demand for water projected to outstrip supply by 40% in 2030, cities around the world are facing a water-insecure future unless they balance rising demand with limited, and often variable, supplies. Water security, according to the United Nations, is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being and socio-economic...

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Reducing water-food nexus pressures
Nov23

Reducing water-food nexus pressures

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion in 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by over 50% in 2030 and 70% in 2050. Already agriculture is the largest user of water with irrigation Click & Tweet! accounting for nearly 70% of all freshwater withdrawals. It is estimated that to meet this increased demand for food, global agricultural water consumption will increase by around 19% by 2050, but this figure could...

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Greening the grey with green infrastructure
Nov15

Greening the grey with green infrastructure

San Francisco’s paved surfaces, including buildings, streets and parking lots, cover most of the city, preventing rainwater from infiltrating into the ground. The result is that stormwater runoff travels across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants including oil, bacteria and debris before it flows into the city’s combined sewer system. Usually, the combined stormwater and wastewater is transported to a wastewater treatment...

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The world’s first carbon neutral city
Nov08

The world’s first carbon neutral city

Between 2007 – the year South Australia established its climate change legislation and released its first climate change strategy – and 2013 the City of Adelaide has reduced its emissions by 20% Click & Tweet! . At the same time the city’s economy grew by 28%. Not content with its impressive record, Adelaide released in 2015 its Carbon Neutral Adelaide vision with the aim of being the world’s first carbon neutral city Click & Tweet! ....

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