urban water system News

  • Baltimore region embraces program to locate, map, assess and repair water distribution assets

    Over the past decade, the City of Baltimore has seen vast improvements in control point operability and system sustainability of its water distribution assets. The report card is looking better each year. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works shoulders a big responsibility.  The Department provides 265 million gallons of water daily to 1.8 million ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • New heights for Urban Water

    Urban Water developed methods and tools for producing documentation to support informed decisions about sustainable water management systems for urban environments. At the end of the programme three years ago, the consulting firmCITUrban Water Management AB (UWAB) was created. The company is co-owned by Chalmers Industriteknik and about 15 of the original researchers. UWAB uses and further ...


    By Mistra

  • Urban water design winners

    Joseph Bergen and Nicki Huang (students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) earned top honours in the Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Circle of Blue and Visualizing.org for their interactive water footprint graphic. The winners were announced on 22nd March, the eighteenth annual World Water Day. The winning graphic ‘What is Your Water ...

  • The Ebb and Flow of Urban Water

    The average homeowner in Canada pays about a penny for every three litres of water they consume. Because water is so cheap, not many people pay attention to their water bills. Nor do they think twice when they pay over a hundred times as much for virtually the same water in a plastic bottle purchased at a convenience store. We flush our toilets, wash our laundry and brush our teeth every day ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Urban trees enhance water infiltration

    Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management. Traditional stormwater management focuses on regulating the flow of runoff to waterways, but generally does little to restore the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement and compacted urban soils with low permeability. The lack of infiltration opportunities affects ...

  • Water Investments Flowing for Asia`s Urban Poor

    MANILA, Philippines (ENS) - The Asian Development Bank has decided to continue its partnership with UN-HABITAT to increase investments in safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for some of Asia’s poorest urban areas. The partnership, which carries the Water in Asian Cities Program, will extend to 2011 with each organization committing $10 million in grant funds - twice the ...

  • Urban form a key to Melbourne water savings

    The report aims to inform and promote discussion about the links between urban water and energy policy to identify the best overall options to secure Melbourne’s future water and energy needs. “The relationship between water and energy policy and management is a complex one and is often ignored,” says CSIRO project leader Mr Steven Kenway from the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. “Our ...

  • Environmental risks of urban creep

    A recent study published in the Water and Environment Journal has shown that permeable hardstanding solutions should be promoted through legislation, education and incentives. With the aim of supporting any proposed changes to Scottish building regulations, the authors investigated the impact of hardstanding on flood risk and water quality. Urban development generally leads to an increase in ...

  • Urban impacts on phosphorus in streams

    Although phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life forms, essential amounts of the chemical element can cause water quality problems in rivers, lakes, and coastal zones. High concentrations of phosphorus in aquatic ecosystems are often associated with human activities in the surrounding area, such as agriculture and urban development. However, relationships between specific human ...

  • CA-NV AWWA launches Water Loss Technical Assistance to California Urban Water Systems

    The American Water Works Association’s California-Nevada Section (CA-NV AWWA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Water Loss Technical Assistance Program (Water Loss TAP), a $3.2 million dollar program that will run approximately 2 years to train and assist California’s urban water agencies to produce validated system water audits. The Water Loss TAP is part of CA-NV AWWA’s ...

  • New BaSYS-MIKE URBAN® Interface

    Thanks to a new interface, MIKE URBAN® users are now able to combine their familiar modelling tool with the advantages of the technical applications offered by the Network Information System BaSYS. The developer BARTHAUER SOFTWARE provides comprehensive tools for managing the complete life cycle of supply and disposal networks. The interaction of two expert tools enables network planners and ...


    By Barthauer Software GmbH

  • NZ Urban waterways web portal

    An article published in Water Science & Technology describes the development of a web portal to improve community awareness of water quality in urban waterways in New Zealand. The web portal data acquisition system is unique in the use of wireless mesh network technology, direct integration with online modelling and a clear target of public engagement. An information pamphlet was ...

  • Building urban resilience to climate change

    Certain characteristics make the urban environment particularly vulnerable to heat, flooding and water scarcity. For example, buildings and road surfaces store heat and prevent water from draining away, while in times of water shortage, high population density and the demands of industry put pressure on water sourced from the surrounding regions. As climate change intensifies, it will exacerbate ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Following the flow of Urban Water from source to tap and back

    Rising demand for water, as the global population increases, has led to concerns about the effects of over - use of water supplies on the environment. However, ensuring the most efficient and sustainable water - ...

  • Commission takes Belgium to Court over untreated urban waste water

    The European Commission is concerned that Belgium is failing to protect its citizens from the effects of untreated urban waste water. Despite earlier reminders from the Commission, a number of towns in Belgium are still failing to comply with European norms. Discharge of untreated urban waste water is a threat to human health and the environment. In an effort to urge Belgium to speed up its ...

  • EPA Awarding over $179,500 to Revitalize Urban Waters along Rio Grande

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to help protect and restore waters along the Rio Grande River in New Mexico. EPA is awarding $179,721 to three organizations to research, study, train, and demonstrate projects that benefit urban waters and the surrounding land. The projects will improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. ...

  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission Uses MIKE URBAN for Improving Collection System Infrastructure

    The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) was created to maintain and improve the long-term quality and reliability of water and sewer services in the City of Boston. Today, BWSC’s primary goals are cost control, efficient delivery of service and environmental protection. BWSC owns and operates a system for the collection and transport of wastewater and storm drainage in the City of ...


  • Monash University Ph.D. Scholarship Opportunity - Urban Water and Sustainability Transitions

    Monash University is seeking two outstanding Phd students who are interested in environmental sustainability and system transitions in the urban water sector. Read more ... Faculty / portfolio: School of Geography and Environmental Science, Faculty of Arts Location: Clayton campus Scholarship Tenure: 3 years full-time Scholarship Value: $31,000 per annum Closing ...

  • EPA to provide nearly $2 million to revitalize U.S. Urban Waters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans’ health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from ...

  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Initiates San Antonio River Basin Project

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) are celebrating the start of the Urban Waters Project. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Christopher Columbus Hall, 201 Piazza Italia, San Antonio, Texas. The project ...

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