How to conduct fire flow assessments for your water distribution system

Avoid the mistake of having a poorly thought-out fire protection plan

‘For centuries, water has been used to extinguish fires. The inexpensiveness and availability of water are the primary factors leading to its widespread use. But, not only must water be available for fire protection, it must be available in adequate supply. As a result, the question must be asked, how much water is necessary to be considered an adequate supply for fire protection?’

 (Milke, J.A. 1980. How Much Water Is Enough? The International Fire Chief (March), pp. 21–24.)

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A satellite perspective on wetland monitoring

The best way to take stock of national wetland resources

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Continue reading “A satellite perspective on wetland monitoring”

How technology is helping professionals manage coastal erosion successfully

The coast is vulnerable to forces from the sea – and coastal protection and maintenance is an ongoing challenge.

Information and knowledge about wind, waves, depth conditions and sediment types is key in the decision-making process on how to protect the coasts. Continue reading “How technology is helping professionals manage coastal erosion successfully”

Two useful tips for the global registration of chemicals

How to simplify the process of getting your products out on the market

Chemicals are part of our everyday life and are contained in almost all products that we handle – from preservatives in personal care products and coatings on the inside of food packaging, to bromated flame retardants covering our IT and household appliances. Continue reading “Two useful tips for the global registration of chemicals”

Is your future water use for irrigation a cause for concern?

Improve your planning of agriculture with satellite data

In many parts of the world, water resources are under pressure due to the ever-increasing demand from growing populations and the need for increased agricultural production. Water scarcity is expected to increase in the future, in particular for the 40% of the world classified as semi-arid. Continue reading “Is your future water use for irrigation a cause for concern?”

Six ways water adaptation technologies can help us deal with the changing climate

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It is generally accepted that one of climate change’s main impacts is on the hydrological cycle, the severe impacts of which we are experiencing already today. The wet areas are getting wetter, the dry areas drier, and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storm surges have become everyday occurrences. Continue reading “Six ways water adaptation technologies can help us deal with the changing climate”

How to understand water age within your water distribution network

Safeguarding the quality of your treated water

Water age is an important performance indicator to many utilities because excessive age can cause problems with disinfection by-products (DBPs).

The water age refers to the time it takes for water to travel from a water source to consumers and is influenced by water distribution system flow velocities and pipe lengths. Continue reading “How to understand water age within your water distribution network”

How are you planning for the next drought?

Expert interview with Michael Butts

Finding answers to environmental concerns, such as water scarcity and droughts issues is a complex task. We posed five questions to our drought expert, Michael Butts.

Follow him as he walks us through this vital topic.
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Five curious facts about climate change

And more in your copy of the guidelines to achieve sustainable adaptation

Higher temperatures and changes to other climate variables are leading to sea level rise as well as changes in wave climate, coastal environments, and the availability and quality of water for irrigation and other water demands. An increased hazard of extreme events such as storms, heavy rainfall and periods of drought and water scarcity is also expected. Continue reading “Five curious facts about climate change”