The water industry isn’t known for its glamour. But Beyoncé and her BeyGOOD Foundation have announced plans, reported in the NME, to tackle the water crisis in Burundi. She has teamed up with UNICEF to offer two limited edition t-shirts in her online store, profits from which will go towards the #BEYGOOD4BURUNDI fund.

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Water crisis

Let’s google “water crisis” in the news and see whether i2O’s list of challenges measures up (recognising that there is a skew to English language reporting).

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Underinvesting in infrastructure can cost big in the end

It’s only when disaster strikes that we look back, recognise, and accept that there has been a significant shortfall in investment in ageing infrastructure. For the residents of Grenfell Tower in London, there are questions now about whether the cladding, which was used to cost-effectively address environmental issues with heating and cooling, was a conduit for the rapid spread of fire. There are questions about whether a sprinkler system should have been installed, as would be mandatory in a newly-built tower of a similar height. There are questions about the availability of fire-fighting equipment in common parts of the building.

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Remember where water comes from

Remember where water comes from

The Chinese proverb Remember Where Water Comes From can be found on the wall outside the offices of the Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC). Whilst the Taipei Water Department (TWD) looks after water for the capital, Taiwan Water Corporation is responsible for the rest of the country.

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It makes you WannaCry

The rapid global spread of ransomware WannaCry at the end of last week should have made everyone think hard about security.

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Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink

This is a picture of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The picture is an image from NASA generated from a Landsat satellite image and elevation data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The city centre is located at Table Bay (at the lower left), adjacent to Table Mountain, bounded by the sea on two sides.

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The playbook for best practice outage management

In a recent event experienced by Anglian Water in the UK in March 2017, a tweet was picked up by local media outlet LincolnshireLive from resident Phil Scrafton who tweeted at Anglian Water: "No water for 20hrs, 1 week old baby needs feed, multiple calls to you yet still no bottled water. Why aren't you looking?" The rather ponderous headline read: “Tesco out of water as hundreds STILL have no supply after 20 hours (including family with newborn)”.

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Drought and about

California’s drought may be over for now but they’re heading into summer and California’s rain levels vary more than anywhere else in the United States. By 40 to 50% in either direction compared with eastern states which fluctuate by only 10%. So the outlook isn’t rosy.

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i2O prices down, water tariffs up

While i2O is busy reducing its prices, some water utilities are putting prices up. That’s not always going down well.

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More extreme weather events

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that February 2017, December 2016 – February 2017, and 2017 year-to-date are the 2nd warmest in the 1880-2017 records.  The previous year stays in 1st place.

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