EveryDrop App Puts Power of Water Conservation In the Palm of Your Hand

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all over the last year, you’re aware that the drought conditions, especially in states like California, are putting lots of pressure on local water systems. The answers to reducing that pressure, and to coming to terms with a drier future, are many, but one of them, a citizen platform for reporting water waste, could be an effective method of addressing the issue of wastage and raising awareness. A free app, EveryDrop,…

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New System Turns Cow Manure into Clean Water

By combining an anaerobic digester with a filtration and reverse osmosis system, an idea that began to be developed at Michigan State University (MSU) matured into a system that can turn cow manure into clean water, while also capturing essential nutrients that can be reused as fertilizer. One big environmental issue with animal production, such as dairy or beef operations, is dealing with the huge amounts of manure that are produced every day, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of…

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Aging US Water Infrastructure Wastes Massive Amounts of Water

Upgrading and modernizing our aging water infrastructure can be an incredibly effective method of conserving fresh water. In fact, cutting water losses and optimizing its use ought to be one of the very first steps in building a more sustainable world. However, because much of our water systems are virtually invisible to the average citizen, the water infrastructure may not be getting the attention, or the innovation, that it needs in order to be able to cope with the increased…

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Fred Water Elevates Refilling Water Bottles with Stylish Water Tower Dispenser

Bottled water isn’t exactly a green product, because most of the time it’s not any better for you than tap water (and in fact the water inside the bottle is usually just municipal tap water), and because single-use products that generate more plastic waste is an idea that really needs to be rethought. So it’s encouraging when a bottled water brand encourages its customers to refill their bottles with tap water instead of buying another new one, and makes it…

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GE + Saudi Aramco: Energy Efficient Seawater Desalination Open Innovation Challenge

Lack of access to freshwater is a major touchpoint of our times, as we require it for drinking, washing, and a wide variety of industrial processes, and one of the biggest challenges facing nations in arid regions is supplying fresh potable water in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner. Because the largest source of water for many countries is the ocean, using seawater desalination plants to render the ocean’s water drinkable has become the focus for many countries, but the process…

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Craft Beer Brewers Have a New Tool to Slash Energy and Water Costs

Every business, large or small, needs to keep a careful eye on energy and water costs, but for industries that use a lot of both, such as breweries, keeping those costs down can make a huge difference in the bottom line. And for a small craft beer brewer, working on tighter margins and a smaller scale, using both water and energy in the most efficient manner is key. One option that could help brewers keep energy and water costs in…

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Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria

A low-tech water filter system made from a branch of a tree can filter up to four liters of water per day, removing up to 99% of E. coli bacteria and producing fresh, uncontaminated, drinking water. A team at MIT used a small piece of sapwood, which contains xylem tissue that transports sap inside the tree, to build an effective water filter that could make a big difference in places where contaminated water is the norm. By using this type…

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Purdue Develops Low-Cost UV Water Disinfection System

For close to a billion people in our world, access to clean, safe, drinking water isn’t easy or simple. There are plenty of systems for purifying water, but many of them rely on costly technology or other inputs (chemicals or power), so coming up with an effective and low-cost water disinfection method could make a huge difference in the lives of people living in water poverty. “Millions of people in developing countries do not have readily available water, or they…

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