Colombian miracle

It’s an exciting time in Colombia. After 50 years of civil war and 30 years of unsuccessful negotiations, the government and Farc have signed a ceasefire. A full peace deal is expected to be signed within weeks. Most Colombians had assumed this day would never come.

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Anglian Water reports record low levels of leakage and interruptions to supply

Anglian has announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2016, which were picked up by Utility Week.

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The Power of Water

The temperature in India broke records last week.  The new record was set in Phalodi, a city in the desert state of Rajasthan, where temperatures reached an astonishing 51 degrees Celsius.

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Water: the urban/rural divide

A report from the BBC says that Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California last year to sell as bottled water, even as Californians were ordered to cut their water use because of a historic drought in the state.

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Drought causes power cuts and changes in hairstyles in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro has announced a 4 day working week with three-day weekends to include Fridays for the next two months. El Niño has produced a series of extreme weather events this year: while Chile suffers excessive rainfall, Venezuela is experiencing a drought.  Hydroelectricity provides the bulk of the country’s electricity supply. 

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Water crises - risk or reality?

In 2015, the Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum had Water Crises as the highest impact issue in its Global Risks Landscape.  Above Terrorist Attacks, Critical Information Infrastructure Breakdown, Fiscal Crises, etc.

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Heavy rain in Chile leaves 4 million people without drinking water

Santiago, Chile, is a pretty dry place. Average annual rainfall is just 8% of that in Dartmoor, UK. But it’s just experienced an extreme weather event; treatment plants were overwhelmed and drinking water supply had to be cut.

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We're running out of water, and the consequences could be dire

Newsweek has republished an article that was originally published by Reveal about the geopolitical ramifications of water shortage.

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop for jeans

A new article from the BBC reports that it takes an average 11,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans.  You probably didn’t realise that. It takes more than four litres to grow an almond and there are a lot of almonds growing in California, which continues to suffer from drought. Water is also used extensively in the Oil & Gas and Utility industries.

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Smart networks smoothing supply of water

The move to smart water networks is accelerating in the water industry because it allows utilities to confront their major challenges, extend asset life in the network, reduce operating costs and deliver better customer service without the high cost of building new supply infrastructure.

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