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How data and analytics are keeping Philadelphia's water safe. By Avinash S.

How data and analytics are keeping Philadelphia's water safe

Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a technology trend well underway in machine-to-machine communication that is poised to radically change the business environment. It is estimated, by 2020, there will be over 50 billion “things” connected to the internet. Most of these “things” will be sensors, embedded in physical objects and linked together using the same protocols that connect computers on the internet today.

These sensors will generate huge volumes of data, enabling users to identify and resolve existing problems as well as optimize their systems. Data alone provides minimal value until it is processed deriving information and knowledge that leads to insight. Water. 1.4 billion cubic kilometres of water turn the Earth into the blue planet.


An unimaginable amount: the precious blue liquid seems to be available in sheer abundance. But the impression is deceptive. Resource efficiency, water and waste - Environment, energy and climate change management - thyssenkrupp AG. As a diversified industrial group with high technology and materials expertise, thyssenkrupp considers resource efficiency as a matter of course.

Resource efficiency, water and waste - Environment, energy and climate change management - thyssenkrupp AG

Resource efficiency starts with designing products and solutions which reduce the resource consumption to an inevitable minimum along the entire life cycle. This means, for example, using recyclable materials and components. Also durability is an important factor. thyssenkrupp stands for strong expertise in engineering innovative and efficient industrial plants. We build on a long tradition of optimization of production process and transport routes. Since about 200 years, resource efficiency has been a key driver of our competitiveness. International technology partnership to focus on water problems. The University of Chicago and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have signed an agreement to begin exploring a research partnership that would create new water production and purification technologies for deployment in regions of the globe where fresh water resources are scarce.

International technology partnership to focus on water problems

Signing a memorandum of understanding in Chicago on March 8 were University of Chicago President Robert J. My Daily Kvetch: Falestinian Water Libel. Two main aquifers; the mountain aquifer and the coastal aquifer.

My Daily Kvetch: Falestinian Water Libel

The mountain aquifer annually provided 300 million cubic meters of water and the coastal aquifer provided 250 million cubic meters. All other aquifers and floodwaters combined once provided 650 million cubic meters of water. Now they are not being used, instead excess water is being pumped back. The level of the Sea of Galilee, the largest fresh-water lake in Israel, fed by run-off and snow melt from the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, the Hula Valley, the mountains of Galilee, and the rain that falls directly on it. Continuing the conversation on efficiency and the water-energy nexus. How much energy does it take to fill a glass with drinking water?

Continuing the conversation on efficiency and the water-energy nexus

If you take into account the energy to transport the water from its source through the treatment and distribution process and into your faucet, there’s a lot of embedded energy that goes into that glass of water. And that’s not even getting into any energy used in the wastewater treatment process. It’s a simple question, but a challenging one to answer.

It’s valuable, though, for water utilities to better understand the embedded energy in their systems so they can reduce costs, improve energy efficiency, and quantify the avoided energy and pollution savings that accrue from water efficiency programs. And it’s all the more important with the exceptional drought spreading across the West. Philadelphia Water Department. Images above are design concepts only Green streets utilize green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) to capture stormwater at its source and minimize the amount of pollutants that reach the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River, and the many tributary streams within the city.

Philadelphia Water Department

Green streets are a key component of the City of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters initiative, an innovative program to achieve federal water quality mandates by managing stormwater from impervious surfaces citywide utilizing green stormwater management practices. The Philadelphia Water Department worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other public utilities, partners, and agencies to develop detailed design templates for green streets that are flexible enough to be applied in a variety of urban street conditions.

Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual. This is a good example of: A city manual for integrating stormwater management & landscaping into existing rights of way Summary: Philadelphia released a Green Streets Design Manual (Feb 2014) to introduce park-like, functional infrastructure back into the city’s paved landscape.

Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual

The manual covers a list of suggested practices and the specifications needed to meet multiple goals from myriad agencies that have responsibility over streets. Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tools. PWD’s land-based Green Programs each utilize a unique mix of green stormwater infrastructure tools.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tools

Trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses help manage rainwater, or stormwater, by diverting water and preventing it from becoming runoff via infiltration, evapotranspiration, and filtration. First, plant leaves, branches, and flowers catch the rain drops before the water hits the ground and becomes runoff. The stormwater collected on these surfaces can easily evaporate into the air and never have to be managed in traditional sewer and stormwater collection systems. EcoBeta - זאב רונן, מצוינות בעסקים. Technology Innovation and Water Reuse – Our Planet, Our Home. Several links below exit EPA By Nancy Stoner Water reuse is one of the areas where innovative technology can solve challenges and create opportunities, and was identified in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint that I released in March.

Technology Innovation and Water Reuse – Our Planet, Our Home

Water quantity issues are increasingly part of conversations as I talk with people across the country. Drought conditions are becoming more frequent and we need to consider that when planning for water needs. We can learn from communities like Austin, Texas, which are not only conserving more water, but are developing distribution networks to reuse more of the water treated at wastewater facilities. In July I visited Austin, where an unlikely landmark shows the city’s commitment to water reuse. I also visited the City of Austin’s Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant Exit. Austin is doing a great job of finding purchasers for the reused water, not only for irrigation, but also for industrial reuse.

Why aren't We Getting Our Money's Worth from Our Water Infrastructure? I’d like to believe our country is very much aware of the threat to our existing water infrastructure resources, especially after our recent report on water stress and climate variability. I’m thoroughly unconvinced, however, that many Americans realize the manner in which we’re planning to fix our water problems may be entirely wrong. Smart Infrastructure (AMI) in the Water Industry. The use of smart infrastructure in the water industry — including advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI — is growing. Earlier this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicted that U.S. water utilities will spend $2 billion on smart metering infrastructure through 2020, a clear indication that the time for a water “smart grid” has arrived.

According to Black & Veatch’s “2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Chapter 6 - Water Conservation - The Environmentally Responsible Construction and Renovation Handbook - Real Property. Chapter 6 - Water Conservation 6.1 Introduction Canada is in the envious situation of having one-fifth of the world's fresh water supply. Canadian water usage per capita is the second highest in the world at approximately 326 litres per day. To put this in perspective, this is double the per capita usage of France and Germany. עיריית ראשון לציון - העירייה אגרה מי גשמים וחסכה חמישה מיליון שקלים. Watergen - Water Independence for Troops. מריח רע: תביעה ייצוגית של 12.5 מיליון כנגד שרפי כרמל. חברת "שיא מגופים" מציעה פתרון יעיל וחסכוני לטיפול בפיצוצים השכיחים בצינורות המים בערים. לדברי החברה, המושבה פרדס חנה כרכור שהתקינה את מערכות בקרת הלחץ של "שיא מגופים" לא רק שפתרה לעצמה את בעיית הפיצוצים התדירה, היא גם חסכה לעצמה הוצאות שוטפות של למעלה מ 1,000,000 ₪ בשנה!

לחברת "שיא מגופים", פתרון המהווה לדבריה פריצת דרך בטיפול בבעיית הפיצוצים בצנרת המים בערים. Air-igator - Home. On the Money: The Best Water-Saving Program You've Never Heard Of. Israel's water technologies on display.

Saving Water in Public Buildings

Sustainable Earth: Water. Clean water is essential for life, but most people in the developed world don't think much about the water they use for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation. In developing nations, however, the search for safe drinking water can be a daily crisis. Millions of people die each year, most of them children, from largely preventable diseases caused by a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and the National Geographic Society's freshwater fellow, said freshwater scarcity presents a growing problem to be addressed during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil from June 20 to 22.

"It manifests itself in the depletion of groundwater, and the drying up of rivers and lakes upon which people depend for irrigation to grow their food," she said. Much progress is possible. מריח רע: תביעה ייצוגית של 12.5 מיליון כנגד שרפי כרמל. Facts About Water Loss. Miya was established by Shari Arison in 2008 as part of Arison Investments, with the vision of ensuring an abundance of fresh water through efficient management of our cities' existing fresh water resources. More than a third of the world's drinking water is lost from urban supply systems, mainly due to undetected underground leaks and mismanagement. The most sustainable and cost-effective way to alleviate such losses is to improve the efficiency of urban water distribution systems by effective water loss management. Miya optimizes water supply in urban water systems worldwide. It partners with utilities to design and implement comprehensive technology-based solutions that significantly improve the client's financial and operational efficiency, while also enhancing customer service levels, reducing energy consumption, and lowering contamination and health risks, to benefit people, the community and the environment.

Chapter 6 - Water Conservation - The Environmentally Responsible Construction and Renovation Handbook - Real Property. תירוש (1998) הוצאה לאור בע"מ - עיתוני הרשת - CoolAir - ...אקלים וסביבה - קול אייר ירחון לתעשייה מוביל בסביבה בקור רוח... משרדי הממשלה חסכו מיליוני שקלים לקופת אוצר המדינה מאז יישום פרויקט "ממשלה ירוקה", המגדיר שורה של יעדים כמותיים להתייעלות סביבתית, צמצום בצריכת משאבים ומעבר לשימוש במשאבים מתכלים במשרדי הממשלה. על פי הנתונים שהוצגו לאחרונה במפגש השנתי של סמנכ"לי המנהל במשרדי הממשלה, מתבטא החיסכון לעיתים בעשרות אחוזים ובמאות אלפי שקלים בשנה בשימוש בחשמל, מים ונייר (תוך מעבר לנייר ממוחזר).

בנוסף, הוצגו במפגש יוזמות מקוריות שונות הנוגעות לשיפור הביצועים הסביבתיים של משרדי הממשלה. במשרד הבינוי והשיכון הושג חסכון שנתי בהוצאות חשמל, דלק, להסקה ומים של כ- 500 אלף ש"ח. Why aren't We Getting Our Money's Worth from Our Water Infrastructure? Technology Innovation and Water Reuse. Several links below exit EPA By Nancy Stoner. STRIVE 108 Water%20saving%20technologies... EcoBeta - זאב רונן, מצוינות בעסקים. On the Money: The Best Water-Saving Program You've Never Heard Of. 3D TRASAR™ Water Saver™ Technology.