Discoveries & Innovation

New Method Found to Identify Coal Ash in Water

On December 18, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

Scientists at Duke University have discovered a new way to trace coal ash contamination in water and distinguish it from other contaminants. The tracers are based on isotropic and geochemical signatures of the boron and strontium that are typically found in coal ash. For more on this finding, click here:: Identifying coal ash contamination in […]


How to make water from air

On December 16, 2014, in Commentary, Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

New technology and innovations are being developed for everything from the way we cook our food to the way we harness energy. One of the latest gadgets available is really fascinating – a bottle that allows you to collect water from the air, just by riding a bike.

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What If The Sun Could Provide Drinking Water?

On December 10, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

While there have been solar-powered water cleansing techniques for centuries, there hasn’t been a low-cost, high-volume mechanism available to the public until now. The $650 Desolenator doesn’t seem cheap at first, but with a 20-year lifespan and the ability to produce 15 liters of water per day with no moving parts, filters, or consumables, it […]


WRF Tool Helps Utilities Reduce Leakage in Water and Money

On December 5, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

The Water Research Foundation has developed a new leakage analysis tool to accurately measure and control water leakage in a cost effective manner. This tool can help water utility companies better understand their leakage issues and ultimately measure the economic impact of them. For more on this finding, please click here:: WRF research develops tool […]

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Plan in Place to Run a Water Pipeline From Turkey to Cyprus

On December 3, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

MacArtney is given the herculean task of building an 80-kilometre water pipe from Turkey to Cyprus. The hope and aim is to provide Cyprus with 75 billion cubic metres of fresh water a year from the Turkish river of Anamur. This project, if successful, gives hope for other similar projects to occur in the dry […]

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Netherlands Seeks to Gain Energy Via Salt Water

On December 2, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

Dutch researchers are looking to develop “Blue Energy” by using the difference in salt concentration between fresh water and seawater to produce electrical power. The plant is estimated to produce 50 megawatts to power up to 100 Dutch homes, if successful. A similar trial was conducted in Norway back in 2009. For more on this […]


Managing Pressure Reduced Italian Water Loss By 30%

On December 1, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

Italian utility Padania Acque Gestione installed a controller in their system that monitors and adjusts pressure in its grid. Thanks to the Grundfos Demand Driven Distribution, they have lowered water loss by 30% and achieved a 17% increase in energy savings. All of this was done without limiting service to users. For more on this […]


Attention All Innovators, the WEF and WERF Need You!

On December 1, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

The Water Environment Federation and Water Environment Research Foundation seek innovators to develop solutions and technologies in resource recovery. Proposals are welcomed in the field of water, nutrient, and energy resurgence. Proposers must be prepared to highlight the key aspects of their product for review. For more details, click here:: WEF/WERF seeking innovative wastewater technologies […]


WRRF Grants American Water Money to Research Slant Well Desalinization

On November 26, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

American Water has been awarded a grant from The WateReuse Research Foundation to test the level of pathogen removal that occurs when ocean water is collected for desalination through sub-surface slant wells. If the results are fruitful, ocean water can be collected and desalinized without affecting marine life. For a full report on this topic, […]

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Refreshing News! Self-filling Water Bottle for Bikes Available

On November 26, 2014, in Discoveries & Innovation, by Erik

Kristof Retezar, a student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, invented a water bottle that fills up automatically as you ride your bike. The “Fontus” collects moisture contained in the air, condenses it, and stores it as safe drinking water. For more details on this invention, click here:: New Self-filling Water Bottle For […]