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  • Water Reuse in Urban and Water Scarce Areas in Developed and Developing Countries

    1.2.3. By 2025, increase by 25% urban wastewater and excreta re-use in different sectors (agricultural, tourism, municipal uses, energy generation) where financially and culturally viable, and especially in water-scarce and drought-prone regions. This session is delivered to support as many people as possible who are suffering water-borne diseases caused by bad sanitation due to water pollution ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe

    Climate change — the risk to cities and Europe Climate change is happening, projected to continue and poses serious challenges for cities. Extreme weather events resulting in hazards such as heatwaves, floods and droughts are expected to happen more frequently in many parts of Europe. The impacts are stark: flooding can damage or wash away homes, businesses and ...

  • Impact of rainfall temporal resolution on urban water quality modelling performance and uncertainties

    A key control on the response of an urban drainage model is how well the observed rainfall records represent the real rainfall variability. Particularly in urban catchments with fast response flow regimes, the selection of temporal resolution in rainfall data collection is critical. Furthermore, the impact of the rainfall variability on the model response is amplified for water quality ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Criteria and Performance Measures for Iskandar Malaysia Urban Water Shortages Management

    In Malaysia, usage of performance indicators are still new and evaluation of water utilities performance in each state are not standardized. In Iskandar Malaysia, with shortages predicted by the year 2025, new water alternatives and management measures needed to overcome this problem. Thus, criteria and performance measures were outlined for the selection of alternative water supply management. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Assessing water demands and coverage sensitivity to climate change in the urban and rural sectors in central Chile

    Snow dominated basins in the subtropics are susceptible to climate change, since evaporation and streamflows are affected, impacting key water sectors and increasing the risk of water shortages. This paper shows an integrated assessment of the impacts of climate change on the major water users in the Maipo Basin of Chile, allowing a direct comparison between competing sectors, describing their ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Reframing the Water Security Dialogue

    Water security attracts considerable attention because it is linked to the growing body of evidence predicting the emergence of a global water crisis (now or soon in the future),1and urging us all to mobilise more effectively our human, environmental and economic resources as we 'hurtle to a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Beijing, managing water for the eco city of the future

    Some examples of problems in the water and sanitation sector in China will be given. Subsequently, the hierarchy of Chinese Government will be explained, before describing the stakeholders in water governance at the national and municipal level. A separate section is devoted to changes in the water governance structure that have been implemented already in Beijing. Water governance has been ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NaWaTech Compendium of Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies to cope with Water Shortages in Unbanised Areas in India

    Providing adequate water supply and sanitation, particularly in urban areas, is a challenging task for governments throughout the world. This task is made even more difficult due to predicted dramatic global changes. Population growth, urbanisation, increasing industrialisation, climate change and a steep increase in water consumption are putting pressure on urban water resources. In order to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water rate to manage residential water demand with seasonality: peak-load pricing and increasing block rates approach

    A strong seasonal demand for water occurs in many tourist areas, which might exacerbate the water shortage problems. Water pricing is a key instrument for water use management; therefore, the objective of this work was to design a variable water rate to examine the seasonal water demand in water-scarce regions. The proposed water rate combines the peak-load pricing (PLP) and increasing block ...


    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

  • Discussion of the enabling environments for decentralised water systems

    Decentralised water supply systems are becoming increasingly affordable and commonplace in Australia and have the potential to alleviate urban water shortages and reduce pollution into natural receiving marine and freshwater streams. Learning processes are necessary to support the efficient implementation of decentralised systems. These processes reveal the complex socio-technical and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Entrepreneurs in Mexico city turn water risk into opportunity

    This story is part of the “Aqueduct Sneak Peek” series. Aqueduct Sneak Peek provides an early look at how various stakeholders can use Aqueduct’s updated global water risk maps, which will be released in January 2013. Read more posts in ...

  • Does water governance matter to water sector performance? Evidence from ten provinces in China

    Water scarcity ranks as one of China's most serious problems today and in the foreseeable future. Rapid urbanization and industrialization and the attendant problems of overconsumption, pollution and inefficient water use have driven and will continue to drive China's water crisis. Most scholars assert that improving water governance is the key to water security in developing ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • Water sector performance under scarcity conditions: a case study of Rajasthan, India

    This paper makes an attempt to assess the water sector under scarcity conditions in the State of Rajasthan. It adopts the criteria of physical, economic, financial and equity performance across sub-sectors. The assessment brought out clearly that no indicator has shown satisfactory performance in any of the sub-sectors. Though the urban drinking water sector is relatively better in performance, a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Examining the effectiveness of residential water demand-side management policies in Israel

    Increasing global water shortage is enhancing the need for water management policies, such as water demand policies. This study presents the main water demand-side management policies implemented in Israel, designed to reduce water demand in the urban sector, and subsequently examines their effectiveness by an econometric model, based on residential water consumption data. The main findings ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water reuse in the Arab world : from principle to practice - voices from the field

    Arab nations have historically played a lead role in the development of innovative water solutions with noteworthy achievements including global leadership in desalination, dam infrastructure and drip irrigation. Nonetheless, the challenge of optimizing water management remains an important priority across the Arab world. Until recently, planned wastewater management in the Arab region focused on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

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