Water Sustainability Blog

News on the world’s most precious resource, including the latest in research, trends, and treatment advances

Brackish Water as a Resource

There's a great deal of talk and debate about the value of treating brackish water, or water that is more saline than fresh water, but not quite as saline as seawater. Brackish water can result from the mixing of seawater with fresh water, as in surface waters such as...

Austin Plan Grants Drainage Charge Discounts for Watershed Protection

Texas capital joins other areas of Southwest in dealing with alternating droughts and flooding In Texas, which experiences alternating droughts and deluges, water management issues have always been vitally important. The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department,...

Where Is the Most Water Reuse Taking Place?

Water reuse is becoming increasingly important as water scarcity becomes prevalent throughout the world. Whether it's referred to as water reuse, water recycling, water reclamation, or another name, the resulting purified wastewater can be used in many applications,...

Graphene Sieve Material Promising as Desalination Membrane

A new graphene-based material with a sievelike structure may prove to be an efficient, affordable material for desalination membranes. Scientists from the University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute developed the graphene oxide, according to the BBC. The...

Dissolved Solids and Water Purification

To make drinking water palatable, the level of dissolved substances (TDS) can't be too high, but it also can't be too low Water quality metrics are needed to ensure that surface and groundwater – common sources of water for human consumption – are free from...

Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Options

Aerobic wastewater treatment ranges from the simple to revolutionary technologies like MABR, which saves energy and is ideal for decentralized treatment Aerobic wastewater treatment takes many forms, but fundamentally it's a biological process widely used in the...

Tapping Energy From Fatbergs

Fatbergs, massive accretions of grease and debris, are a big problem in sewers, but decentralized and sustainable solutions have been proposed It weighed as much as a blue whale and was even longer, but Londoners didn't realize it was lurking beneath their streets...

Meeting Water Needs With Desalination

As demand for fresh water increases, communities look to the sea and to previously unusable aquifers With the world's population consuming water in record amounts and water scarcity causing a host of geopolitical and humanitarian problems, technology can be harnessed...

Study: Anaerobic Digestion Reduces Microplastics in Sludge

Anaerobic digestion can help remove microplastics -- a large cause of water pollution -- during the sewage treatment process Microplastics, or tiny fragments of plastic, include microbeads, the plastic pellets present in thousands of household and personal care...

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