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Water Reuse: Recycling Our Most Vital Resource

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Dec 9, 2016 3:11:08 PM

The tragic reality of water and its consumption not only here in the United States but in every part of the world is that we view it as a luxury rather than a necessity. Clean and viable drinking water is something that every part of the world should be entitled to.
Did you know that world leaders and global intelligence agencies predict that future global warfare will be launched over the access to water? It is a strange yet forthcoming result of how important water is now and will be in the future. Furthermore, with populations escalating and millions of gallons of water being withdrawn from the United States on a daily basis water, reuse is quickly becoming a major contender for public and private water works.

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Topics: Water Reuse, water scarcity, Water Crisis

The Promising Future of the Global Packaged Water Treatment Market

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Dec 1, 2016 2:38:38 PM

Market research provider Market Research Future has just released an in-depth report detailing information about the Global Packaged Water Treatment System Market (GPWTSM). Based on the information and data the GPWTSM is projected to experience a period of expansion over the next six years resulting in 11% growth above the compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Overall gross is anticipated to top $22 billion by the year 2022.

But what does this mean for businesses in this sector?

There is a broad range of factors resulting in this projected growth, not least of which is an increased overall interest in preserving and protecting the environment. As environmental impact and issues like global warming move to the forefront of public discourse, government bodies are beginning to set increasingly strict regulations for the disposal of wastewater in communities everywhere. As a result, the interest and demand for portable solutions that dramatically decrease the time involved in processing wastewater rise significantly. Solutions like these can be quickly brought to rural areas and towns with less cost and less intensive installation.

Population Growth & Water Scarcity
Another reason for this projected expansion is an overall growth in populations all over the world, communities in need of safe, clean and low-cost water treatments. As cities become more engorged with people and rural areas expand as well, these areas are in need of sustainable treatments for drinking water to ensure consistent service to their residents while keeping tabs on expenditures.

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Topics: Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plants, packaged water treatment, containerized wastewater treatment

How Much Water Does it Take to Make Thanksgiving Dinner?

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Nov 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This time of year in America we gather with loved ones, share a meal and enjoy our time together. We often spend much of our day preparing for one of the largest and most glutinous meals of the year. We've all been there, too much food but so worth it. But with so much talk recently about how our water issues are on the rise it's a good idea to understand just how much water goes into all that you prepare for this festive day.

Chicken vs. Beef
Winner: Chicken
Beef requires over three times the amount of water that is needed to produce chicken. A whopping 1,847 gal./lb is necessary to produce beef vs. 518 gallons of water per pound that is required for producing chicken. Chicken is the clear winner when it comes to conserving water while getting your protein fix.

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes
Winner: Unprocessed potatoes
At 34 gal./lb unprocessed potatoes are the winner. Sweet potatoes are too far off with 46 gal./lb. So if you're trying to decide what side dish to make for your feast, traditional mashed potatoes are a good way to go.

Broccoli vs. Brussel Sprouts
Winner: Tie
Broccoli and brussel sprout both consume 34 gal./lb. Asparagus, on the other hand, use a tremendous amount of water to produce. Consuming 258 gallons of water per pound makes Asparagus one of the largest consumers of water in the vegetable family.

Wine vs. Beer
Winner: Beer
Beer requires 296 gallons of water to generate a gallon of beer while it takes 872 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of wine. Keep this in mind as you make your way through the holiday season.

Interested in learning more information about your daily water consumption through food production? Check out the Water Footprint Network to learn more about how much water is consumed to produce the food we love.

It's important to recognize that food production uses an enormous amount of water use globally. Food is vital to our existence on this planet, and therefore it's time to reexamine how to create more sustainable agriculture practices. One way food producers are looking to conserve water is through reuse technologies. There is a shift from just discharging treated water back into the environment to now treating it onsite. It can be more cost effective while helping to preserve community natural resources. Advanced technologies are now being utilized across the globe to help advance water sustainability practices. It's important to remember water is by far the most crucial component in sustaining life.

Interested in learning more about advanced water treatment and reuse technologies? Contact us today to find out how we can help you conserve our most precious resource.

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Topics: water conservation, Water Consumption

Can the IoT solve our water crisis?

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Nov 17, 2016 8:20:09 AM
Buzzwords are a dime a dozen. The Internet of Things (IOT) might sound like another buzz word, but the reality is it's one buzz word that could have significant implications in helping solve our water crisis globally.

On the very basic levels, smart water meters could provide information and analysis that can provide information that can change behaviors. Knowledge of usage could have profound implications for water conservation and sustainability which could have huge impacts on the severe drought zones across the US.

The four areas included in the IOT water sector include consumer, business, government, and infrastructure. When comparing these four areas, the category that could benefit greatest from IOT technology and might have the most profound impact in the shortest about of time is infrastructure. The massive amounts of water that our country's water utilities must clean daily and supply to our communities is staggering. At the infrastructure level, IOT can ensure water is being used efficiently which in turn can help cut costs due to over watering or alerting to undiscovered leaks in the system.

IOT technologies allow workers to understand and detect malfunctions in the system before it becomes a catastrophic event. Alerting operators in real time of issues within the system helps prevent further problems that can lead to high-cost fixes in the future. Some of the other ways treatment plants can monitor equipment are through water pressure levels, vibration levels as well as detecting leaks. While operators are capable of checking issues in the plants, many are so large that if something major were to happen to the system by the time the operator arrives they have to shut down the entire system which can lead to lost time, customer complaint as well as unneeded stress on the water system.

Agriculture is another area that could greatly benefit from advances in IOT technologies. Agriculture producers consume a massive amount of the U.S.'s water supply. With about 40 percent of the freshwater going directly to Agriculture, there are many opportunities to help conserve water within the water processes. Antiquated irrigation systems waste thousands of gallons annually. By utilizing IOT technologies in the fields, the potential for water saving which in turn also lead to cost saving is enormous.

City budgets are already stressed. Communities have more and more needs, and officials are always looking for ways to do more with less. Landscape irrigation is another area that is ripe for IOT technologies to take over. Many of our public parks, medians and other public spaces use an enormous amount of our water supply annually. According to, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly one-third of all of the public water use is wasted due to, evaporation, wind or runoff. Technologies are becoming more readily available to help curb our inefficiencies in watering and irrigation. These technologies will be key to the future of our water supply and water conservation efforts.

Adoption of new water technologies can be one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome. While many are looking for ways to conserve water, understanding what technology is available can be a daunting task.

Installing IOT technologies is a proactive approach to the future of water. There are other ways to help conserve water as well. Interested in water reuse technologies that can assist in preserving natural resources while cutting costs? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you take the next step in cost-effective water reuse systems. Contact Us 
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Topics: Cost of Water, water scarcity, Water Crisis

Pharmaceuticals in our water - How do we fix it?

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Nov 10, 2016 8:53:52 AM

Pharmaceuticals in our water supply is a complex issue that remains the focus of sustained, continued study. With the use of pharmaceuticals growing worldwide, it’s no surprise that we’re finding more and more of them in the environment. Most of the world's wastewater is cleaned via wastewater treatment plants, but current technologies for treating waste and drinking water are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals. In a 2011 report, WHO estimated that conventional water treatment plants might remove anywhere from less than 20 to more than 90 percent of the pharmaceuticals compounds present. So there is a huge potential for pharmaceutical drug residues to be present in treated municipal wastewater.

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Topics: water pollution, Environmental Protection, Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals in our wastewater, Clean Water

Corporate Water Stewardship on the Rise

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Nov 3, 2016 11:46:55 AM

Concern about water in the industrial sector has risen rapidly over the past decade. Companies globally are recognizing that water is an essential component in their business operations. Without sufficient water quantities or quality, companies are exposed to huge risks when it comes to growth and success in their competitive markets. This includes disruption of service, higher operating costs, and constraints to growth for many companies. In the current situation of our water crisis, many organizations are turning water stewardship to manage the challenges of balancing their water needs with the needs of communities and nature.

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Topics: water conservation, water scarcity, Water Crisis, Water Stewardship

How to Utilize Reclaimed Water for Industrial Uses

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Oct 27, 2016 11:59:08 AM

Reclaiming water (recycling water) is reusing treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a groundwater basin. Currently, the United States reclaims only about 7 to 8 percent of municipal wastewater. That’s not a large amount which leaves us with an opportunity for much improvement. 

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Topics: Water Crisis, Water Sustainablity, Industrial Water Reuse

Water Reuse - A New Priority for Industries

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Oct 20, 2016 11:18:30 AM

This is the time of year when we all begin reflecting upon the past year and deciding what direction we want our companies to take next year.  Black and Veatch recently put out a comprehensive report entitled; 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report. The 2016 report is a quantitative analysis, conducted over the past year that identifies current trends and the continuous challenges faced by the water industry. They found that the top concern was the increased demand and raising cost to maintain and preserve the integrity of infrastructure systems due to population growth. The report finds the water industry rising to meet some the grandest challenges yet. Managing infrastructure maintenance cost, navigating capital investment with limited resources and engaging customers who may be questioning the cost or the safety of their supply are all top of mind for many of the experts that were surveyed. Fortunately, there are bright spots of innovation and new approaches in cities that are learning to do more with less. Many are exploring alternative water supply strategies and energy efficiency while others are testing advanced purification technologies. In addition, they found that the application of advanced data analytics insights offers opportunities to future-proof their systems.

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The Economic Impact of Water Scarcity

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Oct 13, 2016 10:47:49 AM

Day after day we hear about how the world is on the verge of an all-out water crisis. We worry about how our faucets will no longer have water streaming through them and how our lawns will turn to dirt.  The problem is really much larger and much scarier than that.  The reality is that our economies and future wealth are based on access to inexpensive and unlimited water supplies. Industrial water consumption makes up 22% of global water use (UNWATER 2012). Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies realize that water scarcity poses a significant risk to their business success in the future and have started to plan on how to mitigate their risks through strategic water management practices.

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Topics: water reclamation, Water Reuse, water scarcity, Water Quality

The Future of Water Reuse in America

Posted by Active Water Solutions on Oct 6, 2016 9:38:51 AM

Over the past several decades there have been huge increases in water scarcity levels and of water demand in cities with growing populations. These have led to the introduction of water reuse projects for potable use to help boost the supply of drinking water throughout the United States. At the same time issues surrounding water reuse have surfaced in the popular press, focusing primarily on the public acceptance of reusing water for potable purposes and the lack of national regulation for water reuse.

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Topics: water reclamation, Water Reuse in America, Water Sustainablity

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