Discursive studies on natural resources often fail to examine how the language of existential threats is constructed, while the probable contextual factors for triggering securitization and its implications are also left unexamined. Applied to the Israeli–Palestinian water conflict, this study utilizes negotiation protocols from the Annapolis peace process to quantitatively examine how securitized discourses are triggered and constructed. The study determines that asymmetric actor ratio and negative background events trigger securitizing moves that in this case perpetuate enmity and division. Securitization under conflict scenarios is found to be mostly detrimental to the resolution of water issues as the resource becomes secondary to other high-profile concerns. A more favorable securitized discourse is identified, but this discourse is infrequent and characteristically aligned with the literature that espouses desecuritization.
Case study - Flood water protection in the city of Buenos Aires
The Arroyo Mendrano is the second largest channeled stream of water running through Buenos Aires. In case of heavy rainfalls it overflows its banks and causes considerable material damage. When the retention basin which had been especially built to collect large quantities of water during strong precipitation events also overflowed, the government decided to have an alarm-system installed to monitor the water level in the basin.
5 ways to conserve water this winter
Water conservation is something we harp on during the summertime, but what about during the winter? When the irrigation systems shut down, it’s easy toput conservation on the back burner while indoor water waste continues to occur. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average person uses 80-100 gallons per day for everything from cooking, to showering and flushing the toilet. While there are a number of ways to integrate water conservation into your daily routine, here are five tips that will...
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At the recent World Water-Tech North America summit, leading water experts and utility CEOs gathered to discuss global water challenges, strategies for fostering innovation and the principal factors that influence investment decisions. If you do business in the water sector, this is the only report you need to gain first-hand insight into the key drivers and barriers to accelerating adoption of energy optimised and climate resilient infrastructure. Key Take-Aways Include: Extremes are the new normal:...
Areas Most Prone to Winter Storm Water Can Benefit from Temporary Erosion Control
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Generally, there are nice, brief storms and maybe some snow, and everything is fine. But occasionally, we get hit hard with storms that just won’t let up, such as when it rains for days or feet of snow come down—we are left to deal with the consequences. All too often, those consequences involve too much water, despite the work put into designing our cities and towns. It’s a known fact that big weather events can spell overload for storm water systems....
Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality
The timely removal of leaf litter can reduce harmful phosphorus concentrations in stormwater by over 80 percent in Madison, Wisconsin, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. Autumn leaf litter contributes a significant amount of phosphorus to urban stormwater, which then runs off into waterways and lakes. Excessive amounts of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen can cause eutrophication, or the depletion of oxygen in water, resulting in death of aquatic animals like fish. The USGS-led study found...