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Facebook Twitter New Water Project Toolkit: a guide to sustainable water management - Headlines - JRC. JRC maps help match water supply and demand - Headlines - JRC. Average annual freshwater availability (1990-2010), determined with the hydrological simulation model LISFLOOD© EU, 2012 A new assessment of available water resources reveals that large areas in Spain and Eastern Europe have on average less than 200 mm freshwater available every year while the demand for water is three to ten times higher.

JRC maps help match water supply and demand - Headlines - JRC

The findings are part of the JRC report 'Current Water Resources in Europe and Africa', published in the occasion of the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille, from 12 to 17 March 2012. The maps show variations in yearly freshwater generation from 10 mm to over 500 mm for Europe and from less than 0.1 mm to over 500 mm for Africa. The report outlines existing uncertainties and points to further research efforts needed for improved water management. ECRINS map project pinpoints water information in Europe.

The EEA Catchments and Rivers Network System (ECRINS) is a dynamic set of map layers displaying the location and characteristics of hydrological features such as lakes, dams, abstraction points as well as monitoring stations and sewage treatment plants. It covers river catchment information over the previous ten years. The maps directly support environmental analysis such as water accounts and policy-making. For example, one layer delineates all river catchments, which is useful for those working to implement the European Union’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) at the river basin level. The ECRINS package is a public good, so is available to anyone, including European institutions, national water agencies, scientists, businesses, students and NGOs active in environmental assessments.

Users need GIS (Geographic Information System) software to access the map layers. The geographical coverage of ECRINS goes beyond EU-27 and the EEA Member countries. L'industrie face au traitement de l'eau. L'eau souterraine surexploitée dans un quart de la planète. Water: how can we account for our most vital resource? The report 'Measuring Water Use in a Green Economy' argues that while the world faces serious water problems, their causes are often economic, social and political in nature, rather than bio-physical.

Water: how can we account for our most vital resource?

These problems can be solved by balancing water use and needs between different sectors and ecosystems. The report serves as a powerful reminder just weeks ahead of the Rio +20 global summit on sustainable development that the world needs to radically rethink the way it uses natural resources. The lead author of the report, Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), said: "Many parts of the world could face a water crisis in the future, not because they do not have enough water, but because they are not using it smartly enough. Géopolitique de l'eau : vingt propositions pour un meilleur partage de la ressource. Pour tenter de répondre aux besoins grandissants en eau, un rapport d'information préconise avant tout de favoriser la gestion locale de cette ressource, tout en améliorant la gouvernance internationale.

Géopolitique de l'eau : vingt propositions pour un meilleur partage de la ressource

"Les prochaines guerres seront conduites pour l'eau", avait annoncé en 1995 Ismail Serageldin, alors président de la Banque mondiale. Depuis plus de deux décennies, la rareté hydrique est en effet devenue un sujet de conflit comme l'illustre la situation du bassin du Jourdain ou plus récemment celle du bassin de la mer d'Aral. Les tensions autour de l'accès à l'eau pour satisfaire les différents usages sont ainsi en forte expansion et ne risquent pas de diminuer.

Advance Concrete Tanks - Concrete Water Tanks for Safe, Hygienic Water Storage. Advance Concrete Tanks is an Australian company that constructs water tanks made out of solid concrete for water storage.

Advance Concrete Tanks - Concrete Water Tanks for Safe, Hygienic Water Storage

The company, whose staff have over 15 years' experience in water storage construction, make every tank whilst bearing in mind the fact that water is becoming a precious resource in parts of Australia. All tanks are engineer designed to above Australian design standards and can be constructed in various sizes starting at 25,000l - 1,000,000l (2,200gal - 220,000gal). Water stored in a concrete tank will remain cool clear and algae free. A concrete tank can withstand, and even help fight, deadly bush fires that ravage rural Australia. Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean. The ‘Solar Cucumber‘ is an innovative desalination plant design with the potential to help water-starved communities in coastal environments.

Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean

The solar-powered desalination unit turns seawater to drinkable freshwater at source, rather than miles away from the scene of a shortage. The mini bus unit uses multiple-effect humidification to evaporate and condense seawater while removing its salt content. Multiple-effect humidification replicates the normal environmental water cycle. In the case of the Solar Cucumber, it uses solar power and reverse osmosis to separate water from other substances, including salt. Water - Still Blue Gold. I was in Bangkok while the floods were raging.

Water - Still Blue Gold

I also visited Cambodia. The floods were in the news there as well. Though it did not affect Phnom Penh, where I was, the remote villages were dealing with a lot of water. That’s the curious thing about water. There always seems to be either too much of it or not enough. At breakfast at the Raffles in Phnom Penh, I read a story about how Levi Strauss is trying to minimize its water use. The pressure is mounting on Levi, and other companies, to reduce their water footprint. Companies are also looking to use all of this to their advantage in marketing. The one part of the story that caught my eye was on a 15-acre cotton farm some 90 miles west of Mumbai. Is the world ready for this jelly? How to flush your bottled water habit - Today Money.

Bottled water?

How to flush your bottled water habit - Today Money

That's so '80s. The $14.4 billion bottled-water market has come under fire for being environmentally incorrect as those discarded plastic containers keep piling up in landfills. Meanwhile, decades of marketing that touted costly bottled water as cleaner, healthier and better tasting than tap water turned out to be a lot of hype. Not only is most good-old-fashioned tap water safe and clean, experts say, but swearing off the bottle also saves you a bundle. Here's how to turn on the tap and let the savings pour in — without sacrificing flavor. BioSun, la borne solaire qui rend l’eau potable.