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The power of social contracts in strengthening institutions

 By Declan Hearne*   As the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6) gives us 15 years to achieve and maintain universal access to water, it’s easy to...

The rise of female networks

From African wells to Silicon Valley workshops, female networks are mobilising to solve urgent water problems by sharing knowledge, opening doors, mentoring youth, raising money, and...

Decoding the DNA of wastewater

Per Nielsen’s research is unlocking the identity of microbial life in activated sludge and shows that understanding the functions of different bacteria can greatly optimise the...

Masdar: a paradigm for resource management?

Nick Michell spoke to leading water experts about Masdar’s attempt to become a green hydro city "As one of the most recent attempts at billion-dollar hydro-eco-utopia, what...

Unlocking the humble hydrant

Cities should consider modifying hydrants for civic enrichment. By Owen Weinstein Fire hydrants, like the water within them, are taken for granted until they are...

When trees became the enemy

Why North American cities must thin overgrown forests to improve water supplies. By Helen Poulos As the global freshwater deficit grows, a survey of 1,000 “environmental...

How Trump’s water policy and budget cuts could harm his own assets

By Emily Green Some fear the Trump Presidency may benefit his private assets over the public good but when it comes to his water policy,...
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The rise of digital water

How and why digitalisation can revolutionise the 21st century utility. By Kala Vairavamoorthy and Will Sarni. Global water utilities are about to discover – as...

Portugal enables the human rights to water and sanitation by design

By Carolina Latorre Policies are blueprints through which we transform vision into reality. So when the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6) incorporated the human rights to safe...

H2O minus CO2: How mitigation and money savings are driving emissions-free desalination

By Bill Hinchberger* Consider the catch-22 for Pacific islanders. They lack sufficient freshwater to meet growing demand. While desalination could boost supply, each plant’s energy-intensive...

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Progress on the path to reinventing the toilet

The UK’s Cranfield University took up the Gates Foundation’s Reinvent The Toilet challenge in 2012. From that has come a self-contained, waterless solution, which...

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Research reveals gross underestimation of desalination brine production

Research led by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health has revealed “gross underestimations” of the amount of brine produced as a...
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