Economies run on water. According to a study published by UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme, “78% of the jobs constituting the global workforce are water-dependent”, yet current human resources and educational sy...
April 13, 2018
A typical design sequence may be described as “architects make space, engineers add water.” Architectural designers handed over the task of configuring the water systems of buildings to technical specialists at the same time t...
April 9, 2018
The “new normal”, as anyone working in the water sector over the last few years knows, is a phrase that has become the mantra of an industry facing an uncertain and unpredictable future. If Heraclitus, the pre-Socractic Greek ...
April 9, 2018
Ambiguity and paradox management are as much daily concerns for water utility leaders as integrated water resources management. Opening a drinking water tap is a simple and cheap daily activity, one that is considered a given in m...
March 27, 2018
As professionals who work in the multidisciplinary water sector, we need to be aware of what new technologies are available, and how they can help us achieve our vision of a water wise world. The High Level Panel on Water have now...
March 21, 2018
In 2016, ten cities endorsed the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities at the IWA World Water Congress in Brisbane, Australia. This official signing signaled their dedication to undertake actions to improve resilience to floods, dr...
March 20, 2018
An estimated 40,000 people are expected to gather in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, this week to attend the World Water Forum, a global gathering of water professionals. One of the key issues for discussion is how can we continu...
March 12, 2018
If we are to achieve the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), between now and 2030 we must provide access to safe drinking water to almost half a million people, and access to improved sanitation to a million peopl...
While attending a recent event, a representative of an international development agency argued that, if we had spent as much money on sanitation as we have on drinking water, the seemingly endless sanitation crisis in many part of...
February 5, 2018
The case of Egypt’s Law 48 on wastewater reuse and discharge Egypt, once revered as the “gift of the Nile”, has relied so heavily on the river as the primary source of fresh water for cities, industry and agriculture, that t...