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This metal material quickly removes pollutants from water at little cost

Scientists in Australia have come up with a cheap metal alloy capable of stripping impurities from contaminated water. The metal can latch onto impurities and greatly hasten the process of removing pollutants from water at a fraction of the cost of existing approaches. The new invention could have great implications for industries such as textile production and mining.

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  • New Atlas
  • Date:09/20/2018

These plants can quickly filter toxins from water

Want cleaner drinking water, free of toxins and contaminants? Mother Nature’s here to help. A number of studies have come out over the past year looking at the role different plants could play in remediation.

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  • Date:09/12/2018

Engineered sand could remove nasty toxins to produce drinkable water

Water is one of our most underappreciated resources. For people with steady access to this life-giving liquid, it’s absence can seem like a distant dystopian nightmare.

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  • Date:09/10/2018
OPTIMIST MAGAZINE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

The Future of Water

Water is our world’s most precious resource and essential to everything we do. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, water connects us all. It nourishes us. It cleans and sustains us. Put simply, we ARE water. Water is the defining issue of our time—it has been steadily rising as a top-of-mind concern for community, business, and political leaders across the globe. In fact, the World Economic Forum identifies water crises as one of the greatest risks we face in this…

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  • Date:09/07/2018

The telescoping trekking pole that also purifies water

If you spend much time backcountry hiking, chances are you're the sort of person who would find a use for at least two things: a trekking pole and a water purifier. Well, PurTrek combines them both in one-carbon fiber-bodied device.

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  • Date:08/31/2018

Water-strapped communities could thrive by creating their own “water microgrids"

Every year, 600,000 vacationers flock to the tiny island of Sandhamn off the coast of Sweden. With only 90 full-time residents, the island’s water systems are put under unbearable strain when tourists pour onto the island. Through a partnership with water technology company Bluewater, though, that’s changing. Bluewater extracts water from the Baltic Sea, runs it through a network of purifiers, and produces up to 30,000 liters of drinking water per day. The “reject water” leftover from the purification is then used for other purposes like toilet flushing. For other communities struggling with access to clean water, Bluewater’s system could…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:08/29/2018

In an era of growing scarcity, we have to rethink the way we collect fresh water

As the climate continues and water demands increase, the dams and reservoirs we’ve built to make fresh water a certainty are becoming dinosaurs. That means water engineers need to radically rethink the traditional approach to water infrastructure.  For a glimpse into the future of water infrastructure, take a look here.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:08/24/2018

New fog nets can capture up to 180 liters of water per day out of a thin air

Fog nets have been in use for water-scarce communities for a long time, but the yield of these nets is often limited and the water only flows on foggy days. Fortunately, a team of researchers has created a new material that they believe will be a large improvement. The net uses an electrospun polymer that provides a large surface area for droplets to condense onto, encouraging water to drip out of the material when it is squeezed or heated. The researchers say the nanofibres could yield up to 180 liters of water per square meter per day.

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  • New Scientist
  • Date:08/24/2018

The 11 best water bottles on Amazon, according to hyper-enthusiastic reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we havePeople’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing.

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  • Date:08/10/2018

Transforming stormwater from a nuisance to a necessity

Stormwater used to be viewed as a liability—it was shuttled into storm drains as fast as possible to prevent flooding—and then dumped into the ocean, rivers, or streams. But increasingly, stormwater is now being viewed as an asset—a way to help augment water supplies and adapt to a changing climate.

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  • Date:07/25/2018
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