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Drinking Water Week 2012

May 8, 2012 1 comment

Drinking Water Week 2012When it comes to clean, safe drinking water every drop counts. Currently, 86% of Canadian households enjoy their water directly from a municipal water source, having access to 7% of the world’s renewable freshwater while 1 in 7 people worldwide lack for safe drinking water.

Additionally:

  • The water industry is a $400 billion global industry, the third largest behind electricity and oil.
  • We in North America consume 100-175 gallons per day (per person) while Africans use 5 gallons per day (per FAMILY).
  • In developing countries, 80% of diseases are caused by unsanitary water.

May 6-11, 2012 is Drinking Water Week. It’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have easy access to safe drinking water. It is also a good time to renew our commitment to water conservation to ensure we continue to have it for ourselves and our children (and their children…).

There are many resources available online that detail ways individuals, groups, industries and municipalities can save water or stretch their water budgets further. Please set aside some time this week to search some that work for you. To start you off, here is a link to the Alberta WaterPortal’s list of water savvy apps for your smartphone. There are 48 apps listed with apps appropriate for children, adults, students, water professionals and even for the hardcore angler.

[Sources: Stats Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Alberta WaterPortal, Blue Planet Network]

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Virtual H2O Conference – Feb 21, 2012

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the exciting things about living in current times is the increasing use of social networking and the online community to connect people both personally and professionally. Websites like LinkedIn allow professionals to meet other industry experts and join groups to share information and ideas. Solutions like Go-To-Meeting allow businesses to connect with their clients or hold internal meetings in a way that can include staff in remote offices without having to incur travel costs.

For the last couple of years, PennWell Corporation has been using the internet to host a “Virtual H2O Conference” each spring and fall. Attendees from the water and wastewater industries can listen to presentations (which earn PDHs) from the comfort of their own offices. This year, the first Virtual H2O Conference is on Feb 21, 2012. It’s free to attend. Click here for a list of 2012 presentations.

Last September, PICA participated in this conference, presenting on “Trends in Actual Wall Thickness for Cast & Ductile Iron Water Mains“. This paper showed the results from over 175km of pipeline (37,000+ pipes!). The presentation, which includes an audio narration, can be accessed by clicking the above link.

So if you wish to attend an industry event but don’t have time to travel to one, this is an interesting alternative.

Growing Blue

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Growing Blue is a website produced by Veolia Water (creator), Global Water Intelligence (co-manager) and Clean Water America Alliance (advisor) in consultation with many stakeholders and experts in the water industry. In their own words, Growing Blue is meant to  “serve as a resource for credible, accurate information on water. It is also aimed at increasing global awareness of our water challenges and the need for thoughtful solutions.”

It has interactive mapping called the “Blue Tool” that shows water usage by country in intuitive colours. You can also view other maps showing the municipal use, agricultural use or industrial use. By clicking on a specific country, you can access specific information regarding that country and where it ranks amongst 180 others. A screen capture below shows the tool for municipal water use in Canada, which ranks 9th (behind China, the U.S and India who hold the 1st to 3rd places respectively).

Blue Tool

Other features of this website include scenarios for 2030 and 2050, white papers and a list with links to studies (eg: EPA – Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Infrastructure) and water leaders such as WEF, Water for People and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It’s a useful site for the water and wastewater industry. Check it out.