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Innovation Floods the Water Space

June 12, 2018

Throughout North America, innovative technology both measures and meets traditional and emerging threats to water resources. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted an encouraging collection of examples of the ways innovation is currently being deployed in the water sector, organized by the 10 market opportunities the EPA has identified.The City of Gresham wastewater treatment plant in Oregon has made the list for achieving net zero in its energy costs, saving the city $500,000 a year and keeping tons of sludge and fatty crud out of the city's landfill.

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Phosphorus Prize Seeks to Make Algae Blooms a Thing of the Past

June 12, 2018

Ten competitors have completed the pilot round of the George Barley Water Prize, which is going after phosphorus to the tune of a $10 million prize to the researcher or research team that develops a cost-effective process for recovering total phosphorus from natural water bodies in a way that yields clean water and is scalable globally. The competition is sponsored by the Everglades Foundation and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation—a charitable organization with ties to the fertilizer company.

K.C. Compton

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Toilet to Tap: Passing the Taste Test

June 12, 2018

The idea of drinking recycled wastewater has generally been met with a very large gag response. Then, years of drought happened in California and water providers' thoughts turned to the age-old question, "Yeah, but how does it taste?" As it turns out, not so bad. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) recently published a study of wastewater that focused on its flavor rather than its safety, which already has been established. Daniel Harmon, a graduate psychology student who was the study’s lead author, just the thought of recycled water provoked “disgust reactions,” with some people referring to the recycling process as “toilet to tap." The study should give hope to water conservationists everywhere.

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Voters Care about Water Infrastructure

May 29, 2018

Across the board, voters of all ages, races, politics, ideology and geography care about water infrastructure and support investing money in making it better.

K.C. Compton

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Why Creating Abundance Should Be Central to Water Stewardship

May 28, 2018

In the world of water, we are mired in the same cycle — the same old actors talking about the same old problems and using the same old tools. While we all acknowledge that significant portions of the global population face water scarcity and a lack of access to safe drinking water, we must also focus on how to create abundance. Incremental improvement, through evolutionary processes, is inadequate. Instead, what is called for is a radical rethink and commitment to leveraging exponential technology and innovation in entrepreneurial models that tap into non-water actors.

Wil Sarni and David Grant

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Cascade Water Alliance: Thriving Together

May 24, 2018

The history of the Cascade Water Alliance is in many ways the history of the last 40 years of water in Western Washington. Formed as a coalition of water utilities in the growing communities around Seattle, the Alliance evolved out of ongoing regional “water wars” and generated collaborative solutions ensuring both a long-term water supply and the recovery of critical resources

K.C. Compton

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King County Wins First-Ever Loan Under Fed’s New WIFIA Program

May 29, 2018

King County, Washington, has received a $134.5 million WIFIA loan — the program’s first-ever loan — to help finance water infrastructure upgrades that will improve water quality and increase public health protections for human health and marine life in the Puget Sound.

PureBlue Staff

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Dutch Team Puts Bubbles to Work to Capture Plastic

May 29, 2018

A team from the Netherlands has come up with an inventive idea for a barrier that blocks plastic without impeding river traffic or significantly interfering with wildlife. Francis Zoet, a former energy and sustainability consultant, put together a team of entrepreneurs and engineers to create The Great Bubble Barrier, a nifty bit of tech that throws up a curtain of bubbles which then uses the physics of currents to redirect plastic to the water’s surface and shunt it to the riverside where it can be more easily collected and removed.

K.C. Compton

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Turning Water Data into Water Wisdom

May 25, 2018

Data, measurements, information comfort me. I think of data sets as stable rocks on which to build. Clever applications on my computer transform data into information. They find it, sort it, tease it, model it and use it. I distill information from the data to inform decisions, track outcomes, observe change, model the future and ask what-if questions. Data is the beginning of understanding.

Dr. Teri Floyd

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Trump's Infrastructure Plan: What's In It for Water?

May 29, 2018

The Trump Administration has laid out its legislative outline for infrastructure investment. The proposal calls for turning $200 billion in direct federal spending into $1.5 trillion of investment in US infrastructure by leveraging state and local funding and private investment (4 to 1 ratio). The plan may have limited help for modernizing the water infrastructure, but local and state entities can take important steps to streamline important processes.

Egils Milbergs

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