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  • How to Turn Sunlight into Water: the Portable Solar Desalination Plant

    Editor’s note: This post is sustainablog’s contribution to Blog Action Day 2010; this year’s topic is water. When island nations experience disaster (think the Haitian earthquake), the victims are often faced with a cruel irony summed up (in a different context) by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Water, water, everywhere,/Nor any drop to drink.” Β Sure, […] More

  • Thames Gateway Water Treatment Works Desalinates Using Biofuels

    Like every major city in the world, the population of London is growing straining the infrastructure in place to provide its residents with clean drinking water. Β Thus, the Thames Gateway Water Treatment opened this week to provide water during times of drought. Β This desalination plant runs off of biofuels and can quench the thirst of […] More

  • First Images From European Space Agency’s SMOS

    Last November the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) with the mission of improving our understanding of the Earth’s water cycle. The goal of SMOS mapping soil and salinity variables is to better our understanding of the exchange processes between Earth’s surface and atmosphere, our ability to create accurate […] More

  • The Water Grid and Water Markets: Innovative Ideas From Going Green West

    The Going Green West Conference from Always On last week in Sausalito, California had hundreds of venture capitalists and CEOs from around the country talking cleantech. One panel discussion, The Water Grid & Water Markets, brought together four water industry players talked about everything from the feasibility and necessity of a water grid to future […] More

  • “Major” Desalination Breakthrough Mini-Mobile-Modular (M3)

    Researchers at UCLA recognize the world water crisis is not just affecting third world countries, but California is also at risk. Concern over access to clean water is no longer just an issue for the developing world, as California faces its worst drought in recorded history. According to state’s Department of Water Resources, supplies in […] More

  • Can Desalination Projects Remedy California’s Drought Problem?

    The scarcity of water in California has reached astounding levels. The state is looking to various means and resources to remedy this situation. According to Scripps, about 20 water agencies up and down the California coast are favoring desalination projects as a method to deal with drought. More

  • Toilet to Tap: Orange County Turning Sewage Water into Drinking Water

    The Orange County Water District is purifying wastewater into drinking water at a $481 million recycling plant. The plant uses micro filtration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, and hydrogen peroxide disinfection. 70 million gallons of sewer water is treated a day in Orange County, California meeting the drinking needs of over 500,000 people, including visitors to […] More

  • Safe Drinking Water: One Family, One Country at a Time

    An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe water supply. For many in the U.S., this is a fact far removed from every day life. The truth is the worldwide water crisis is exactly that – worldwide. More