Water Scarcity Articles

  • Decentralized water treatment and local water shortages

    MIT researchers conclude that alternative approaches to water planning can alleviate urban water supply issues quickly and inexpensively Urban areas around the world are expanding rapidly as the global population increases and people are moving to cities at a fast pace. This puts a strain on current infrastructure, including water treatment plants. Add global warming and increasing drought ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Global’s divers bring skill, expertise and value to every project

    In the last few years, numerous news and trade publications have reported an increasing deficit of skilled laborers in the US. Like other trades, commercial diving relies on a highly trained and skilled labor force. You might expect Global to be experiencing a similar labor shortage and a lack of younger divers entering the trade, but fortunately that’s not the case, said Dan Pierson, ...

  • Report: Circular economy offers solutions to water shortages worldwide

    A shift to a circular economy could help save more than 400 billion m3 of water every year While oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet, only 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh water. With billions of humans seeking water for their personal, agricultural, and commercial needs, the demand for sustainable water resources is at an all-time high. A recent report by ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • How water scarcity in industry can be prevented?

    Growing urbanization and industrialization has resulted in water scarcity across the world! For the growing population and scaling living standard consumption of water is rising up. Rising water scarcity does have a negative impact on the industrial productions. This can develop crisis for the industries and would impact on economical development. Several industries even do have noticeable ...

  • Addressing urban water scarcity: reduce, treat and reuse – the third generation of management to avoid local resources boundaries

    Urban growth leads to geographically concentrated demand for water and food – and to growing volumes of wastewater and organic waste. Left unattended by city authorities, both local and planetary resources boundaries for water and nutrients will be transgressed. A novel partly dynamic ‘flexible water balance’ is developed to explore ways to address a looming water crisis. A systems-based flow ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Spatiotemporal characteristics of extreme precipitation at multiple timescales over Northeast China during 1961–2014

    Few studies of extreme precipitation have been conducted in Northeast China, particularly at multi-timescales. We aim to enhance the understanding of changes and variability in extreme precipitation over the past 54 years (1961–2014) in this region. We have investigated the potential relationship among extreme precipitation, climate and agricultural drought focusing on several timescales in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Creating an enabling environment for WR&R implementation

    Reclaimed water is receiving growing attention worldwide as an effective solution for alleviating the growing water scarcity in many areas. Despite the various benefits associated with reclaimed water, water recycling and reuse (WR&R) practices are not widely applied around the world. This is mostly due to complex and inadequate local legal and institutional frameworks and socio-economic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Groundwater depletion compounds China’s water scarcity

    Continued population growth and urbanization are causing problems throughout China. Analysts say groundwater depletion is one of them. Unrestrained water extraction is compounding water scarcity as demand grows. The nation is experiencing “a massive water crisis,” according to CNN. Tackling the issue will require “political will and creative policy thinking,” as well ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Overcoming water challenges through nature-based solutions

    Freshwater is a key resource and medium for various economic sectors and domestic purposes but its use is often at the expense of natural ecosystems. Water management must change to deal with urgent issues and protect aquatic ecosystems and their services, while addressing the demand for water from the competing claims for cities, agriculture, industry, energy and transport. In this paper key ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Simulation of water scarcity in a leap-forward developing arid region: a system dynamics model of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

    The leap-forward development policy emphasizes water resource scarcity. Given the importance of water resources to an economy, especially in arid areas, this paper explores various management strategies that could be used in the semi-arid region of Xinjiang to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of multifunctional water projects and support sustainable ‘leap-forward’ economic growth. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Survey of ancient water technologies in semi-arid and arid regions: traditional knowledge for the future

    There are many people on Earth today that live with severe water shortages and severe lack of sanitation, particularly among the poor. These people for the most part do not understand the knowledge base of methodologies of harvesting and conveying water and sanitation methods that have been around for thousands of years. A survey of ancient water technologies used in semi-arid and arid regions ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Namibia increases reliance on recycled wastewater as water scarcity grows

    Namibia, an arid country in southern Africa, is plagued by drought and water scarcity. But, it’s also a country that continues to make progress in wastewater recycling after becoming an early adopter of the technology. The city of Windhoek’s Goreangab wastewater treatment plant is considered a pioneering facility in water reclamation. First constructed in 1968, the plant not only ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Growing Syrian water shortage affects 4 million in war-torn Damascus

    Although civil war has affected millions across Syria, the latest crisis facing the nation’s capital is a lack of water. As late 2016 turned into a new year, it seemed unlikely the situation could be resolved. As of January 3, approximately 4 million residents of Damascus had had their water supplies cut for more than a week. Two springs — at Wadi Barada and Ain al-Fija — serve ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Modeling the impact of land use changes on river flows in Arror watershed, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya

    Water scarcity has become a serious global problem. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand land use changes in watershed areas and their impact on river flows. This study models the impact of land use changes on river flows in the Arror watershed in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya. The primary study sources included remotely sensed and socio-economic data. Landsat 5 thematic mappers ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is the risk of drought in the UK growing?

    The idea of queuing up in the street for water in the heat of summer might conjure up images of third world countries. New ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • The role of proximity in problem identification: risk of water scarcity in Texas

    This project seeks to determine whether proximity to major water sources (e.g. rivers or lakes) is associated with the public's perception of water scarcity. From a theoretical perspective, this project will aid our collective understanding of problem identification. From a practical perspective, this relationship could help inform decision makers about where support or resistance to a water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Drought class transition analysis through different models: a case study in North China

    The standardized precipitation index (SPI) and standardized runoff index (SRI) are computed for several gauge stations in Panjiakou Reservoir catchment of Luanhe Basin, a drought prone region of North China. Based on the SPI and SRI time series, two different models, a weighted Markov chain model and a Volterra adaptive filter model for chaotic time series, were established to predict drought ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Scarcity to solution: perceived reasons for safe drinking water scarcity and local coping responses in a coastal village of Bangladesh

    People are directly and indirectly exposed to changing weather patterns through changes in the quality of water, air, and food changes in ecosystems, agriculture, industry, human settlements and the economy. Hence, this study explored local perceived reasons for safe drinking water scarcity and under such circumstances the coping responses in their region. This is a descriptive study based on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Leveraging the capacity of the informal water sector workforce

    The global shortage of skilled professionals in the water sector is a major industry challenge, particularly in an era of growing water scarcity and increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry and domestic consumption. As utilities move to improve their performance in water service delivery, to meet the demands of both consumers and sustainable development, a fit for purpose workforce ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • OTEC in Paradise: The Philippines

    Paradise Legend has it that the Republic of the Philippines was born when the gods tossed 7,100 pearls into the ocean and islands popped up. Centrally located in Southeast Asia – just North of Australia and Indonesia, South of Japan and China, and East of Thailand and Singapore – the Philippines are considered by many to be the gateway to and from the Pacific. With ...

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