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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Water Conservation

Water


Innovation Ups Irrigation IQ: Sensors, Controllers, and Flow Meters Get Smarter

Water Efficiency, Sep/Oct 2016, by Lyn Corum.
http://foresternetwork.com/water-efficiency-magazine/we-water/we-smart-meters/innovation-ups-irrigation-iq/

"All growers want to see their crops, gardens, and landscapes flourish. Competition among manufacturers of irrigation controllers, sensors, and flow meters is driving innovation at high speed in this digital age, to satisfy the market."

How Increasing Efficiency Can Stem Climate Change Impacts On the Energy-Water Nexus

ACEEE Blog, Aug. 5, 2016, David Ribeiro.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/08/how-increasing-efficiency-can-stem

"In this post, we explore the roles of energy efficiency and water efficiency in moderating some of the adverse impacts of climate change that we covered in the prior post."

Tracking and Conserving Facility Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2016, by Peter Harbour and Robyn Overall.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/tracking-and-conserving-facility-water-use/6d77f1fbcc1bd36b6cf8756146520ed8.html

"Plumbing and mechanical engineers are frequently being tasked with doing everything they can to conserve water in commercial buildings."

Energy-Water Nexus Issues Heighten in the Face of Climate Change

ACEEE, Jul 8, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/energy-water-nexus-issues-heighten

"ACEEE and many others have noted the importance of the nexus between energy and water issues. Energy is used to move, treat, and heat water. Water is vital for producing energy, such as for cooling electric generating plants. Insufficient water availability can increase energy use for pumping and decrease energy production. Flooding can damage both energy and water systems. And there are many opportunities to promote both energy and water efficiency at the same time."

The Water Energy Nexus: Business Risks & Rewards

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jessi Tseng.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-water-energy-nexus-business-risks-rewards

"Increasing demand and competition for water and energy have implications for many of the world's largest industries. Energy utilities and producers of metals, chemicals, oil, gas and coal are the most energy- and water-intensive industries.... New ideas and approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable resources in the future."

Battle Water Scarcity by Reusing Industrial Wastewater

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Nate Maguire.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-battle-water-scarcity-reusing-industrial-wastewater

"Water reuse is the practice of using treated wastewater in non-process applications as a method to conserve water. From automotive and aerospace technology to gas drilling and food and beverage manufacturing, many businesses have integrated water reuse practices into their production processes....  One of the most popular advanced treatment systems is a reverse osmosis program."

Optimizing Irrigation

Water Efficiency, May 2016, by Don Talend.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/water/irrigation/optimizing-irrigation-2/

"Irrigation monitoring systems save water and dollars--and often maximize the health of crops, plants, and turf."

Drip Irrigation Helping CA Dairies Maximize Nutrients [and Save Water]

Manure Manager, Sep/Oct 2015.
http://www.agannex.com/sustainability/drip-irrigation-helping-ca-dairies-maximize-nutrients

"Enterprising dairy using drip irrigation of liquid manure to save water. DeJager Farms manager Nate Ray is confident that lessons learned the first year of applying liquid manure via drip tape to his forage crops have shown success is at hand."

Conserving, Tracking Commercial Buildings’ Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Graf.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/conserving-tracking-commercial-buildings-water-use/75c58f1c7f191ff8837d156503c162da.html

"The immediate interest in a building’s energy efficiency typically focuses on heating and cooling systems, and with conserving nonrenewable resources like power and gas. Throughout the world, however, there is increased pressure to track and conserve water in nonresidential buildings."

Energy Trust [OR] Lends a Hand with Irrigation Efficiency

Capital Press, Feb. 9, 2015, by Lacey Jarrell.
http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20150209/energy-trust-lends-a-hand-with-irrigation-efficiency

"More consistent water application [using variable frequency drives] can mean greater water and power savings for large- or small-scale farmers."
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