A review of 300 water reuse projects lends insight into trends driving emerging new market in the U.S. and Canada
While rainwater harvesting and other forms of onsite water reuse have been practiced for thousands of years, the application of water harvesting systems in commercial and large institutional projects is still a relatively new practice. Factors such as drought, concerns for municipal water supplies, trends in green building, and changing municipal guidelines have contributed to a recent surge in commercial projects, specifically systems that capture rainwater, greywater, and other onsite water sources for reuse.
The average weight of a 16.9-ounce bottle has declined 52% since 2000
New data compiled by the Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) show that between 2000 and 2014, the average weight of a 16.9-ounce (half-liter) single-serve PET plastic bottled water bottle has declined 52% to 9.25 grams. This has resulted in a savings of 6.2 billion lb of PET resin since 2000.
The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) noted that producing new products from recycled PET (rPET) uses two-thirds less energy than what is required to make products from raw virgin materials. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The demand is expected to rise 5.2% annually
Demand for water treatment equipment is expected to rise 5.2% annually to $14.7 billion in 2019, according to a study from Reportbuyer. Gains will be supported by sustained efforts to decrease water consumption through the treatment and reuse of wastewater and by rising water treatment standards in industrial markets such as manufacturing, resource extraction, and power generation.
The study found that consumers are slightly less confident than they were two years ago in the quality of the water in their homes
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has released the results of its 2015 Study of Consumers' Opinions and Perceptions Regarding Water Quality. This was the fifth time in 11 years that WQA has commissioned a study analyzing consumers' attitudes toward water quality and water treatment.
The new $500 rebate is up from the previous rebate of $200
While most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for landscaping. The city is now paying $500 to any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal.
Infrastructure still tops list of concerns
Even as prolonged drought grips California, the state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Assn.’s (AWWA) 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.
Infrastructure Week brings businesses, state and academic leaders to downtown Minneapolis
Although roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, less than 1% of it is usable, which makes water scarcity an increasing global concern. Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Co., joined the Value of Water Coalition to host a panel for Infrastructure Week 2015, held May 11 to 15 in Minneapolis.
Sydney-based landscaping company offers water-saving tips for Americans facing drought
California has been experiencing historic water loss for the past four years. This period of drought has left the most populated state in the U.S. looking for ways to conserve what little water is left in its reservoirs. In response to this news, Enchanted Landscapes and Design, a Sydney-based landscaping company, offers some of its water-saving tips.
Fifty-five percent of respondents are concerned about the quality of their tap water
A new survey reveals that 55% of Americans are concerned about the quality of their tap water. The online survey, conducted by Cint on behalf of Bluewater, also revealed that approximately one in six Americans avoid drinking water direct from their kitchen taps.
Results indicate that up to 1 in 3 people will be exposed to a high risk of water pollution in 2050
According to a global study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Veolia, the world is on a path toward