FILL IN THE BLANK: INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND RESILIENCE MONTH

FILL IN THE BLANK: __________ INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND RESILIENCE MONTH

Dr. Mark LeChevallier
November 30, 2016

I once met a writer who was asked not to use the word "critical" in her writing. The request was made because the word was too negative and gloom-and-doom. It was, they said, "scary… and we don't want to scare people." They suggested instead that the writer use the word vital explaining that, "vital means the same thing, but it also means life; its connotation is easier to take and is more uplifting!"... Continue reading

Sustainable Water Management

SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

Sunil Ghorawat
November 5, 2016

Climate change and the hydrological variability of water's distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make the sustainable development of our water... Continue reading

The Flint Water Crisis

THE FLINT WATER CRISIS

H. Subramaniam
November 3, 2016

There is a need for developing wastewater reuse as a sector, and identifying the interventions that could help in the development of this sector. Suitable structures need to be set up that can help in mainstreaming the implementation of wastewater reuse projects in the country... Continue reading

CLOSING THE WATER LOOP

MANAGING DIFFICULT WATER

Sunil Ghorawat
October 5, 2016

Water quality is getting worse. The sources of water which were clean and manageable few years back are now polluted with new and varied contaminants. That has made the water professional's job a lot tougher. Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries. Over ten million people in India fell ill with waterborne diseases last year and 1,535 people were died, most of them were children... Continue reading

CLOSING THE WATER LOOP

CLOSING THE WATER LOOP

H. Subramaniam
October 3, 2016

There is a need for developing wastewater reuse as a sector, and identifying the interventions that could help in the development of this sector. Suitable structures need to be set up that can help in mainstreaming the implementation of wastewater reuse projects in the country... Continue reading

WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

Sunil Ghorawat
September 1, 2016

This August, leaders and experts in the water, climate and development communities have gathered in Stockholm to discuss how water can enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Under the theme Water for Sustainable Growth, some 3,000 people from over 120 countries are meeting for the 26th annual World Water Week. With water crises being listed as one of the top global risks in the coming years by the World Economic Forum, and a rapidly growing world population putting pressure on scarce water resources, seeking solutions to the world's many complex water challenges is becoming ever more urgent for the researchers, policy-makers, and representatives of civil society and the private sector meeting in Stockholm... Continue reading

A WATER HALL OF FAME

A WATER HALL OF FAME

H. Subramaniam
September 2, 2016

For the first time in our history of 16 years, EverythingAboutWater instituted a set of awards for water professionals in August this year. We felt that the time was finally right to appreciate, recognize and celebrate some of the leading stars of the water universe. Let me start with a provocative comment. In the water sector, we have become used to mediocrity. Even after 59 years of independence, we are unable to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to many of our countrymen... Continue reading

KEEPING WATER PIPES CLEANER IN HOMES AND BUSINESSES

KEEPING WATER PIPES CLEANER IN HOMES AND BUSINESSES

Guest Blog: Marc A. Flettner, CEO, Aquabion
August 12, 2016

Enterprise Europe Network helps a German SME expand its eco-friendly water-treatment system into the Austrian market. Marc Flettner comes from a family of innovators. His great-uncle Anton Flettner was a pioneer in aviation and shipbuilding and a holder of more than 1,000 patents. This story is a good example of how well it can work to find a new partner and create a successful cooperation. Both sides have profited from the partnership... Continue reading

CITIES WATER INDEX

CITIES WATER INDEX

H. Subramaniam
July 25, 2016

For many centuries, water has helped shape the destinies of the world's greatest cities. Great cities used water to access trade routes, to build habitations and to safeguard from enemy attack. The strategic importance of water for the social and economic development of cities remains paramount. About half the world's population lives in cities and this number is projected to increase to 80 percent by 2050... Continue reading

OPPORTUNITIES GALORE

OPPORTUNITIES GALORE

Sunil Ghorawat
July 26, 2016

There is no dearth of opportunities in the Indian water sector. This is a provocative comment to make, but it is perhaps a true one. Across the board, water professionals are spoiled for choices to understand where to look for future growth. The Indian Prime Minister Modi's dream project of building 100 Smart Cities was launched last year, when the Cabinet chaired by him approved of INR 48,000 crore outlay to be spent on the project over the next five years... Continue reading

UNITED NATIONS FORMS HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON WATER

UNITED NATIONS FORMS HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON WATER

H. Subramaniam
June 25, 2016

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank have jointly formed a new panel to mobilize urgent action towards the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation and related targets. The announcement comes as countries experience water stress and water-related disasters that will grow worse due to climate change without better policy decisions. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world's population and this figure is projected to rise... Continue reading

GREEN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

GREEN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Sunil Ghorawat
June 25, 2016

Infrastructure is a central factor to achieving sustainability in terms of the collective quality of life, the sustainability of human society and the sustainability of the planet. Sustainable development is the most common catchphrase today in all management platforms. To bring about continuous and sustained development, infrastructure has to environmentally friendly. As India embarks upon a phase of economic and social development, infrastructure growth has to be in sync with the rising demand... Continue reading

WATER AND JOBS

WATER AND JOBS...

H. Subramaniam
June 13, 2016

Almost half of the world's workers or around 1.5 billion people, work in water-related sectors and most of these jobs depend on water or are related to those that ensure its safe delivery. In spite of this, a large number of these continue to be unrecognized or unprotected by basic labor rights. This year, the World Water Day has aptly chosen "Water and Jobs" as its theme to highlight this issue... Continue reading

WHAT'S SMART IN WATER

WHAT'S SMART IN WATER...

H. Subramaniam
April 24, 2016

There has been a lot of recent media hype about how smart cities would transform urban life in India. This has drawn my thinking to the idea of innovation and technology in the water space. How can smartness in water management help improve the quality of life of urban citizens? A recent international study asked experts to rate the most important technological innovations of the last 50 years... Continue reading

WATER FOR SMART CITIES

WATER FOR SMART CITIES

Sunil Ghorawat
April 23, 2016

"Smart Water" is not just the latest marketing hype from consultants and technology vendors. A number of research reports by environmental, industry and governmental organizations have exposed the great need for upgrading the world's water infrastructure with innovative and smarter technology. The water lifecycle begins with the capture of water from many sources; rain, underground aquifers, rivers, ice melts, etc... Continue reading

REJUVENATING THE MIND TO CLEAN GANGA

REJUVENATING THE MIND TO CLEAN GANGA

H. Subramaniam
April 5, 2016

The Clean Ganga project is one of the most challenging and complex environmental engineering project in the world. A lot of time and attention has gone into developing the right technology and execution framework for involving public and private entities in the project. We have discussed many times on the same, and will leave that issue aside in this column... Continue reading

CLEAN GANGA FUND

CLEAN GANGA FUND

Sunil Ghorawat
April 4, 2016

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for establishment of the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF). The Fund will finance the activities outlined under the 'Namami Gange' programme for cleaning of river Ganga. It will take control of non-point pollution from agricultural runoff, human defecation, cattle wallowing, etc... Continue reading

HYBRID ANNUITY BASED PPP MODEL

HYBRID ANNUITY BASED PPP MODEL

H. Subramaniam
March 3, 2016

I was recently invited to a conference organized by National Mission of Clean Ganga, and Ministry of Water Resources. This was a good learning on the new hybrid annuity-based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model being suggested in the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure along with the Ganga basin. Over INR 4000 crores have been invested in sewage treatment through Ganga Action Plan... Continue reading

REUSING ALL THE WATER

REUSING ALL THE WATER

Sunil Ghorawat
March 2, 2016

With an annual per capita water availability of less than 1970 cubic meters, India is facing the brunt of water scarcity. Rising population and industrial activity is expected to increase water need by nearly 40%, as India's water demand rises from the current 750 to 1050 billion cubic meters. This is likely to bring the per capita water availability to less than 1000 cubic meters, making India a water-scarce nation like the Middle East. Water reuse and recycle is the only tenable solution to this problem... Continue reading