Water & Energy – crisis and opportunity

On June 23, 2009, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

‘Any plan to switch from gasoline to electricity or biofuels is a strategic decision to switch our dependence from foreign oil to domestic water’. So says Dr. Michael Webber of the University of Texas at Austin in an interview with Steven Lacey on the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast this week. Webber comments on the links […]

Californian City Considers Buying back lawns to save water

On October 4, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

How ‘green’ is your lawn? The City of Fresno in California think’s not very ‘green’ at all and is proposing to ‘buy back’ lawns from home owners in an effort to stop people pouring the States’ precious water resources all over them. This is part of an Urban Water Management Plan approved by the Fresno […]

There’s water in dem dar clouds!

On August 3, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

With seawater covering seventy-one per cent of the Earth’s surface, at an average depth of four kilometers, and another 1,000,000,000,000,000 liters of water in the first kilometer alone of the earth’ atmosphere, water could hardly be described as a rare element. Its more a case of ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink‘. […]

A tipping point in water re-use?

On July 18, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There were two interesting recent headlines which support the view that we are approaching a tipping point in relation to water scarcity and water resources. Firstly, Orange County, California was awarded the Stockholm Industry Award for its pioneering work to inject treated wastewater into deep wells to re-charge ground water aquifers. This water can then […]