July 18, 2018
Floods and droughts and their challenges Floods and droughts are naturally occurring disasters, that bring with them considerable challenges. These disasters can cause damage to farmer’s crops and affect crop production, damage ...
July 11, 2018
Phosphorus (P) is essential to human life and vital for food production. It is the critical building block of DNA, cell membrane and bones and plays a crucial role in cellular energy metabolism. Today, P is mostly obtained from mi...
July 9, 2018
Recent estimates place global annual non-revenue water (NRW), i.e. water produced but not billed because of commercial or physical losses, at 126 billion cubic meters. This translates to nearly $40 billion in annual losses on was...
Wukro’s water problem: of variable climate and increasing demand Wukro is a small town in Ethiopia with a relatively common problem: water availability is seasonal and vulnerable to climatic events. The rainfall in this semi-ari...
July 5, 2018
Many cities today are at risk of running out of water, with water availability now cited as one of the greatest risks to business continuity and growth. It is very clear that the way water is managed today in many parts of the wor...
July 4, 2018
Having access to 24/7 potable piped water in the comfort of our dwelling is a luxury that many of us take for granted. In the UK, an annual water and sewerage bill of £400 accounts for about 1% of the annual average household inc...
June 25, 2018
In Part 1 of this series, the fundamentals of blockchain were explained to provide a basis of understanding of this new technology and how it could be applied within the water sector. In the next parts of the series, I intend to d...
June 22, 2018
We live in a world in which everything has an economic value. Our time is measured in opportunity cost, our value to society is measured by our contribution to GDP, even our lives ultimately have a dollar value; just ask any actua...
June 13, 2018
A frustrated plumber asks some pressing questions.   Can you think of a nation that can explore space but can’t provide its people with proper water supply? It’s the second most populous country in the world: great histor...
A large concrete pipe belches untreated sewage into the Buriganga River in Dhaka, whilst men wade through the water to shift aggregate to construct more buildings for more people. The riverbanks team with life and colour as hospit...