WaterStart: Bringing Water Technologies to the Desert

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When you think of Las Vegas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A water oasis? Probably not. In the middle of the Nevada desert, Las Vegas stands out with bright lights, huge buildings, and hot black pavement. While most of the hotels have at least one pool, Vegas is not a wet region, in any way. But how you think about Las Vegas is about to change due a startup incubator known as WaterStart.

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Water Infrastructure: Imagine a Day Without Water

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Today is Imagine a Day Without Water. For many Puerto Ricans right now, that’s not so hard to imagine. Water infrastructure is one of those out-of-sight out-of-mind things. Even when you’re pouring a pot of water from the tap to boil pasta, water isn’t what most people think about.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Over the past several years though, the US has had several Stop and Think moments when it comes to water. From Flint, Michigan’s lead-laden ...

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The Clean Water Rule: Repeal or Revise

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In February, the Trump administration issued an executive order to review the Clean Water Rule of 2015. The Clean Water Rule, also called “Waters of the United States,” regulates which bodies of water are Federally protected. These protected bodies of water are used for any variety of reasons: drinking, farming, industry, and recreation.

The initial purpose of the Clean Water Rule

The aim of the Clean Water Rule was to save time and reduce costs and confusion in regards to projects, ...

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World Plumbing Day – Other Countries Plumbing Woes and Solutions

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Next week is World Plumbing Day.

I’ve talked about areas in the United States that have less than ideal plumbing situations. From Flint, Michigan’s lead-laden water, to the plumbing woes of low income communities, clean drinking water and adequate plumbing isn’t always accessible.

Today though, I decided to focus on some of the different ways that plumbing is handled outside of the US. Plumbing isn’t standardized across the world, so it’s eye-opening to learn about some of the issues ...

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Is California in a wetter place?

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It’s not news that California has been in a drought for the past several years.

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. In the last 30 days San Francsico has gotten 8.65 inches of precipitation – 4 inches over the “average” month total for January. January 2015 was shocking with literally no precipitation at all. The previous two years before that wasn’t much better.

San Diego? It’s gotten 3 inches this past month, a full inch more ...

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