Day Zero

In early 2018, Cape Town announced Day Zero, a date when its reservoirs would run so dry that it would cut off municipal water to its residents. While that date has been delayed, water scarcity is still a global issue, and conservation, desalination, and water reuse efforts are critical to staving off future Day Zeros.

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U.S. EPA leaders and WateReuse association leaders pose for a photo after EPA released its National Water Reuse Action Plan during the WateReuse Symposium in San Diego Sept. 10.
Top Row: Paul Jones, President, WateReuse Association; Aubrey Bettencourt, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science; Timothy Petty, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior; Brenda Burman, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior; Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WateReuse Association. Bottom Row: Ryan Fisher, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Army Corps of Engineers; Dave Ross, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mary Neumayr, Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
Sep 12 2019
The U.S. EPA released a draft of its National Water Reuse Action Plan for public comment during the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego,…
Agricultural users in Colorado have raised water equity concerns about a demand management plant they say would not be implemented fairly..
Agricultural users in Colorado have raised water equity concerns about a demand management plant they say would not be implemented fairly..
Sep 4 2019
A voluntary water use reduction plan received criticism from agricultural users in Colorado during a meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board…
Jul 23 2019
Domestics wells in the U.S. are in danger of drying out due to groundwater depletion, according to a 50-year well depth trend study published in…
Jun 26 2019
India’s sixth-largest city, Chennai, is almost out of water. According to NPR, residents are waiting in lines that span city blocks, and restaurants…
A margarine manufacturer was using a large amount of water during its manufacturing process, which increased costs.
A margarine manufacturer was using a large amount of water during its manufacturing process, which increased costs.
Jun 4 2019
Electrically powered automobiles– among other electrically capable machines–have been trending over the past decade to combat air pollution and help…
Water & Wastes Digest, Storm Water Solutions, Water Quality Products Earn Top Award for the “Delaying Day Zero” feature; National Azbee is 3rd Major Award in 2019 for SGC Water Group
Water & Wastes Digest, Storm Water Solutions, Water Quality Products Earn Top Award for the “Delaying Day Zero” feature.
May 28 2019
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has announced its 2019 National Awards of Excellence Winners. The Water Group of…
Sewage used for fertilizers and energy at mines may prevent water shortages
Sewage used for fertilizers and energy at mines may prevent water shortages.
Apr 4 2019
Transforming the dirty water flushed down the drain into new products, such as clean energy and fertilizers, can help prevent reservoirs from running…
The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Leaving no one behind”
The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Leaving no one behind”.
Mar 22 2019
Today, March 22, is World Water Day. This year’s theme is “Leaving no one behind.” According to UN Water, the theme adapts the promise of the 2030…
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Sara Myers, associate editor of iWWD.
Mar 5 2019
The word crisis is thrown around quite a bit in the water industry as of late. In early February, the temperature was so cold in the Chicago area…
Feb 4 2019
Around one year ago, mainstream media began picking up the story of Cape Town’s Day Zero. At the time, officials for the city predicted that its…
The International Desalination Association handbook reports project that 2019 will see the most growth in seawater desalination since the late 2000s
The International Desalination Association handbook reports project that 2019 will see the most growth in seawater desalination since the late 2000s.
Jan 14 2019
The International Desalination Association (IDA) and Global Water Intelligence (GWI) have released the latest market overview for the worldwide…
Jan 14 2019
A municipality has requested emergency water help from charity organization Gift of the Givers in Cape Town, South Africa. The request would help…
Envirosight Partners with Jet Vac Equipment
Envirosight New Jersey direct sales manage Bruce Kosensky (left) poses for a photo with Adam Emusov, Vice President of Sales at Jet Vac (right).
Jan 11 2019
Editor's Note: Each week, Water & Wastes Digest will post an aggregate of business news briefs and networking news items to keep you informed on…
Jan 10 2019
The copper industry in Chile will triple its use of seawater for industrial process in the next decade, according to state copper agency Cochilco.…
Dec 6 2018
A quick look at the Desert Mountain Golf Club may suggest that it is a waste of water, but upon inspection of its water conservation practices, that…
Dec 6 2018
The Scottsdale Water Campus has been on the cutting edge of water reuse and advanced water treatment technologies. Operators at the plant understand…
Dec 6 2018
In the past decade, the West Coast has witnessed one of the longest and severest droughts in its history. The levels of Lake Mead and Lake Powell—…
Dec 6 2018
In Gilbert, Ariz., city officials have touted the Water Wise program for residential and commercial water users. Through the program, neighborhoods…
Dec 4 2018
Arizona DEQ talks about the strategies it has implemented to combat water scarcity, including the Pure Brew Challenge, which tasked local beer…
U.S. federal government report says climate change is leading to more droughts and increasing risk of severe floods
U.S. federal government report says climate change is leading to more droughts and increasing risk of severe floods.
Nov 28 2018
Climate change will be a problem for everyone alive today, according to the National Climate Assessment. The U.S. federal government’s latest roundup…
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