Water Management Newsletter May 2016

Friday, 20 May, 2016

Albert-Einstein.jpgShare-email.png  Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
  Bringing value motivates countless numbers of dedicated water professionals across the globe, who work in challenging situations, often unknown, building better water resources.

TinyParticlesWithMegaImpacts.pngProfessor Thalappil Pradeep, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is one outstanding example of a man quietly adding value as he combats arsenic poison in drinking water. Arsenic has no colour, odour or taste and effects the drinking water of 137 million people across 70 countries. Thalappil says: “Today we can deliver arsenic-free drinking water at US$0.0007 per litre or less”.read more…


Capacity-Building for Water Management
Here in Australia there is a huge range of value-adding professional development opportunities.
See these helpful tables and links:


The value of 24/7 water
500 million people in South Asia still do not have access to a permanent water supply. Quotes from this excellent article:

  • “Three Indian cities have adopted a big bang approach to transform the lives of their citizens.
  • If efficiency cannot be induced it must be prescribed.
  • Education programmes targeting utilities and consumers can demonstrate the benefits of 24/7 water supply over the coping and health costs.”

read more…


Aus-Total-Water-Use-13-14.jpgAustralia’s Total Water Use
Talking about bringing value: Staff at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, who track the nation’s climate and water resources, have come up with this this useful chart for water planners:

Estimated total water use in Australia, 2013–14


twitter.com/ed_hawkins/Adapting to climate change

As we begin to contemplate earths CO2 remaining above 400ppm, many water jurisdictions are considering how best to adapt to a warmer global environment.

Here is a novel way of displaying data from the past 100+ years


In closing, for blue sky thinkers, here is a concept that will inspire us to “think outside the square”:
The Innovative Road: Storing Water & Generating Electricity
This would deliver “water for irrigation to the dry inland … at minimal cost without dams”.

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Kind Regards,
Trevor Pillar
National Partnerships Manager
Phone : +61 8 8236 5200

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