The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.
Leading the Way
Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world
Unprejudiced cooperation and solid partnerships to be a prerequisite for managing water
Global leaders gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over this essential resource is more urgent than ever.
Nine urban areas in the U.S. are under "exceptional drought" conditions
Based on data released earlier this month by the U.S. Drought Monitor, nine urban areas in the U.S. are under "exceptional drought" conditions and may experience widespread crop damages, even more severe water restrictions, and water emergencies in coming months.
Survey finds that nearly two in five moms do not believe their kids are drinking enough water
A recent survey conducted by Nestle Pure Life Purified Water found that nearly two in five moms do not believe their kids are actually drinking enough water, and more than a third say they have difficulty getting their kids to do so.
Point-of-use segment jumps 21%
The Eastern European water cooler market advanced by 5.2% in 2012 to 1.7 million units at the end of the year, according to the latest report by Zenith Intl. The point-of-use (POU) segment, which scarcely existed in the region a few years ago, is now climbing rapidly and has reached 50,000 units — a jump of 21%.
Report says smart strategies and products can tap growth rates in emerging economies
Product differentiation and innovation are key in targeting the $14 billion market for point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) water treatment products in developing nations, some of which will grow at an annual rate of nearly 20%, according to Lux Research.
Overall, the market is growing at a modest 2.2% annually as countries such as China and South Korea reach maturity. But poorer countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar offer remarkably high annual growth rates of up to 19%.
According to a Zenith Intl. report, there has been a major shift in the types of machine used
The western Europe water cooler market, which scarcely existed 25 years ago, climbed to a record 2.78 million units installed at the end of 2012, according to a new report from the sector’s specialist consultancy, Zenith Intl.
Delegates will discuss the drought and other issues at a roundtable discussion in Fiji July 8 to 11
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) issued a warning that a lack of safe drinking water is emerging as a major natural hazard for many small islands in the Pacific.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.