domestic water consumption News

  • Rising energy demands could see the energy sector’s water footprint increase by 66%

    Increases in global energy requirements could lead to a rise in the energy sector’s water footprint of up to 66% in the next 20 years, new research suggests. As part of a sustainable future, any energy mix must enable a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, some renewable sources, such as biofuels and large-scale hydropower, have large water footprints, a factor which must ...

  • Sorek Consortium Obtains $400 Million in Project Financing to Build World’s Largest SWRO Desalination Facility

    Tel–Aviv, Israel, May 23, 2011 – SDL (Sorek Desalination Ltd) - a company formed by IDE Technologies (51%) and Hutchison Water International Holdings Pte. Limited (49%), today announced that it has entered into agreements to obtain $400 million in project financing to construct and operate the Sorek desalination plant. The financing is from the European Investment Bank (EIB), Bank ...


    By IDE Technologies

  • Global water consumption increases frequency and intensity of low flows in rivers and streams

    Human water consumption has increased the frequency and intensity of periods of abnormally low flow in streams, new research suggests. The frequency of these events increased by 30% globally, largely due to use of water for irrigation, the researchers conclude. Between 1960 and 2010, global water consumption has more than doubled and currently stands at 1970 cubic kilometres per year (km3/yr). ...

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz and Nantes to be next European green capitals

    The Spanish regional capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz and the French city of Nantes have been named as winners of the European Green Capital award for 2012 and 2013. The awards were presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at the first European Green Capital Conference in Stockholm, winner of the European Green Capital for 2010. The conference gathered city officials, politicians ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Corporate disclosure on sustainability

    Stratos Inc. (Stratos), a Canadian business consulting firm, has released a national study examining sustainability reporting trends and the best practices of some of Canada’s leading corporations. The study found that disclosure of sustainability information Canadian companies is now standard practice, with 80% including some environmental, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Patrick McCart to appear on Tonight with Trevor McDonald

    Patrick McCart, ADSM Director, is to appear on ITV’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme. The award-winning current affairs programme will focus on ways to save water in the home. ADSM specialises in the reduction of energy and water consumption, delivering substantial financial savings to its clients. Although more accustomed to working with big businesses and large public sector ...


    By ADSM plc

  • Scaled-up investments in sustainable cities crucial for improved resource efficiency and poverty eradication

    Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities offers a golden opportunity to deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation, reductions in poverty, cuts in greenhouse gases, and improved well-being, according to a new report released by the United Nations today. Around three-quarters of the world's natural resources are already ...

  • New Grundfos product honoured as product of the year in Germany

    It only took the new Grundfos MAGNA3 pump two months on the market to convince German Plus X Awards of its qualities and win several awards. Winner of the High Quality, Functionality and Ecology categories. And chosen as the product of the year in its category. All of this after only two months on the market. The name of the new pump is already ...


    By Grundfos

  • New Kingspan Shallow-Dig Rainwater Harvesting System - Gamma

    Kingspan has launched a new premium ‘shallow dig’ domestic rainwater system, which joins the company’s well-established portfolio of rainwater-recycling solutions. The Gamma Rainwater range is a low-cost installation for self-build projects and residential developments. Its profile requires a ...


    By Kingspan Water & Energy

  • High Polonium-210 Levels Found in Nevada Wells

    RENO, Nevada, August 6, 2007 (ENS) - Today, the U.S. Geological Survey is releasing to the public documents showing elevated levels of cancer-causing, radioactive polonium—210 in 17 wells in Lahontan Valley, near the town of Fallon, Nevada. The study covers a rural area centered around the town of Fallon. Most of the 25 wells included in the study provide water for human and/or ...

  • Environmental Regulations Propel Growth of Asia-Pacific Water-based Coatings Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmental regulations, rising consumer awareness regarding health and the environment, and focus on sustainability have driven the Asia-Pacific water-based coatings market. Higher domestic consumption and investments in infrastructure across most Asia-Pacific countries will sustain this growth till ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Mexico City is the least affordable capital city for drinking water, ‘Affordability Index’ reveals

    12 October 2017 - The results of the 2017 Global Water Tariff Survey’s ‘Affordability Index, published last month by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) and the Global Water Leaders Group (GWLG), have revealed that Mexico City residents spend around 3.71% of their household income on water bills, well above the 3% affordability threshold advised by the ...

  • Water footprints make a splash

    If the full water requirements of a morning roast are calculated - farm irrigation, bean transportation, and the serving of the coffee - one cup requires 140 liters of water. This notion of a product's 'water footprint' is gaining traction. Defined as the total volume of freshwater required to produce a nation's goods and services, the tool tracks domestic water demand and the impact of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Initial Metropolitan Water Summit Takes Up California’s Biggest Water Challenges

    Personal Water-Saving Pledge Part of “20 x 2020: Building the Momentum” Water Summit LOS ANGELES - More than 350 people today participated in a first-ever water summit convened by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to promote meeting the statewide goal of reducing per-capita water use by 20 percent over the next 10 years. The one-day summit at historic ...

  • Ban on water-wasteful buildings proposed

    Minimum water efficiency requirements are to be set for all new homes, shops and office buildings under proposals announced this week. The proposed measures are part of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Government's scheme aimed at addressing energy and water-related issues through planning rules, and could cut water use by 15-20%, ministers say. The Government is now consulting on details of ...

  • National Ground Water Association app helps homeowners calculate water use

    A free National Ground Water Association iPhone and iPad app that allows users to calculate their household water consumption is an excellent tool to help consumers reduce water use and costs. To obtain the Water Use Calculator app, click here. The way the app works is simple. Just answer questions about how many ...

  • Weatherization program nearly doubles payback in one easy step with GE’s new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater

    The new GE Hybrid Water Heater, recently named GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater is an ENERGY STAR®-qualified heat pump water heater that will reduce water heater operating expenses up to 62%, saving as much as $320 annually* — that's $3,200 in savings over a 10-year period based on a national average electricity rate of 10.65 cents per kWh. This product is so innovative and energy efficient that it ...


    By General Electric

  • High-Efficiency Toilets to Get WaterSense Nod

    Washington, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a final specification for the latest generation of water-saving, high-efficiency toilets. Those that use less than 1.3 gallons per flush and meet performance standards for quality will qualify for EPA's WaterSense label to help consumers make informed buying decisions about water-efficient products. 'The WaterSense label will ...

  • EC to discuss water scarcity and droughts at Zaragoza World Expo

    At a one-day conference in Zaragoza stakeholders will discuss ways to use water more efficiently in the European Union. The conference follows the Communication on water scarcity and droughts presented by the European Commission in July 2007 and contributions will feed into the report the Commission is due to publish at the end of 2008 as a follow-up to its Communication. The report will tackle ...

  • Garden Drought Broken By Wastewater Recycling System

    Joan Dalton and her partner David Anderson live in a beautifully restored timber cottage in the heritage listed town of Maldon in the historic goldfields region of central Victoria. Joan always had a desire to maintain a garden compatible with the design and appearance of the late 19th century cottage. To that end a traditional cottage garden was the logical choice. During a period of prolonged ...

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