Forced to turn off the water to its campus

Three months ago, Brad Ives, the associate vice chancellor at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for utility services, faced the kind of phone call that’s almost unimaginable: His county water utility told him the university had to stop using water. A cascade of problems forced UNC-CH to turn off water to its campus… Read More

Business as usual will simply not work for our planet

Deep inside some big water projects around the world, like the newly opened desal plant in San Diego, and the legendary desal plants in Perth, Australia, is Dow water technology. Snehal Desai heads Dow’s water and process solutions group, which makes a lot of the guts of sophisticated water systems — reverse osmosis technology, ion-exchange… Read More

“We made a desalination revolution in Israel”

“…Not only to realize that we needed to do it, but to actually do it,” said Uri Shani, inventor and entrepreneur in agriculture and water technologies and retired general manager and chairman of the Israeli Governmental Water & Sewer Authority. For five years, Uri Shani was the head of Israel’s Water Authority, presiding over a… Read More

Water sustains all life.

We ignore its security at our peril. Kathleen Ferris was a 28-year-old legislative aide in the Arizona Senate when she was tapped to be the executive director of the Arizona Groundwater Study Commission. “I tried to find someone else to take the job,” she says, “and no one would.” After months of wrangling, that group… Read More

Let’s design security in from the beginning

“…Let’s have the security people sitting right next to the architects, the designers, the coders,” said Caitlin Durkovich, director at Toffler Associates. Durkovich has been working on information security since 1998, and she just finished 8 years working on protecting all kinds of U.S. infrastructure from all kinds of risks at the Department of Homeland… Read More