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Frac Water Recycling White Paper

by Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc.  (Aug. 21, 2014)

Balancing the risk of well damage with the economic benefits of frac wastewater reuse can be difficult.  In conjunction with Environmental Daily Advisor, Anguil Aqua Systems has sponsored a detailed report which answers some of the tough questions about fracking and water use.   ...

The city blueprint: experiences with the implementation of 24 indicators to assess the sustainability of the urban water cycle

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 19, 2014)

A set of indicators, i.e. the city blueprint, has been developed to assess the sustainability of the water cycle (SWC). The city blueprint comprises a set of 24 dedicated indicators divided over eight categories, i.e. water security, water quality, drinking water, sanitation, infrastructure, climate robustness, biodiversity and attractiveness and ...

PE-Recycling at its very best

by WEIMA Maschinenbau GmbH  (Aug. 5, 2014)

The Pipelife Group is a leading manufacturer of plastic pipe systems in Europe. The company's flagship products are created at its Stathelle facility in Norway, where PE pipeline pipes hundreds of meters long and up to 2.50 meters in diameter are produced for use throughout the world. Since the beginning of this year, production waste that ...

Energy efficiency in water distribution systems – a path to an ideal network: AGS experience

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 6, 2014)

Infrastructure asset management (IAM) gave a step forward in Portuguese water utilities due to recent legal obligations in developing IAM plans. An effort was made by AGS (Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.), private operator in 17 water utilities, to achieve a higher level of managing data. Data ...

Questions and answers about Lake Erie toxic algae

by Associated Press  (Aug. 4, 2014)

Hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio, and nearby southeastern Michigan were unable to use tap water fromSaturday until Monday morning because of unsafe levels of a contaminant called microcystin in Lake Erie. Here are questions and answers about the situation: Q. What is microcystin? A. A toxin produced by microcystis, a type of ...

Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder

by Ensia  (Jul. 21, 2014)

Has this Danish community found the formula for environmentally friendly industry? When we look closely at systems in nature — coral reefs or rainforests, for instance — we see something we don’t often see in human systems: mutually beneficial relationships and energy flows among the various elements, such as air, water, rocks, ...

Stochastic simulation methodology for resilience assessment of water distribution networks

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jul. 2, 2014)

Water distribution systems enable social and economic development and sustain people quality of life. However, these systems face significant performance challenges including ageing, natural disruptive events, and man–made disruptions. Physical protection of networked infrastructure distributed over large geographical areas is unfeasible. A ...

Food Waste Collection Innovations

by BioCycle Magazine  (Jul. 1, 2014)

As more food waste diversion programs roll out in the residential and commercial sectors, manufacturers and suppliers are responding with new collection and container tools. The weight and moisture content of food waste have led to innovations in equipment design and operation. An increase in residential food waste collection programs — and ...

Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined ...

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

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