This report by Mallika Naguran describes solutions, techniques and technologies that are commercially available and applicable in varied scenarios and settings around the world. From atmospheric water harvesters, desalination of seawater, compact reverse osmosis to thermo-ionic flow, innovators have presented to us newer applications of getting pure drinking water at low environmental impact.
water shortage spawns a Jekyll-and-Hyde phenomenon: from life giver, water turns into a pernicious killer. “Unlike the energy crisis, the water crisis is life threatening,” commented Dr. Klaus Toepfer when he was still the executive director of the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Program.
Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) has been awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2010, a prestigious award that recognises outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems by either applying technologies or implementing policies and programmes which benefit humanity.
The recently concluded Singapore International Water Week 2010 (28 June to 2 July 2010) ended on a high note for many local and international water companies, where the total value of announcements for projects awarded, tenders, investments into Singapore and R&D MOUs exceeded S$2.8 billion, up by 27% from last year’s S$2.2 billion.
Water for agriculture is critical for food security. Studies both in London and Laguna point to the link between water and food as strong. Consumption of drinking water is nearly 4 liters per day but the food consumed each day required at least 2,000 liters to produce, 500 times as much.Water having no substitute makes it a critical resource that needs protection if hunger is to be reduced.
Twenty-nine new products and technologies will be unveiled and launched at the Water Expo Innovation Corner, including 16 global launches. This is riding on Singapore International Water Week that is on from 22-26 June. Companies behind some of these innovations have chosen the Water Week as the platform to make their inaugural entrance into the regional water market.
The 2nd Singapore International Water Week (22-26 June 2009) promises to hold new elements of learning, discovery – with the unveiling of new technologies and products - networking, and sharing.
A look at the challenges surrounding water supply including water sources pollution and bottled water contamination.
Buckets flew fast from supermarket shelves across Kuala Lumpur as nearly one million people stock up on water just before important repairs of a major water treatment plant would start in August 2001. Their reaction stemmed from memories of a miserable six months of severe water rationing in 1998.