Although most of our work is UK based, and not all of it is about water, we are passionately interested in global issues about water.

Inspired by Kanu’s comment about he used water in Delhi, we thought who better to talk about water in different countries than the people who actually live there? So, welcome to this page where you can read what people from across the world consider are important issues about water in their own countries or cities.

We look forward to it becoming a page full of lively and thought provoking blogs. If you would like to contribute to this page please contact info@ech2o.co.uk

 

Why plants need water – Samantha Mbire, UK

All living things need water to stay alive, and plants are living things! Plants, however, need much more water than many living things because plants use more water than animals. A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Wisely, at the Royal Horticultural Garden and it was really
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A trip to the canal – Samantha Mbire, UK

Most of Britain’s canals were built during the industrial revolution from around 1750 to 1850. Today I went for a walk near the ech2o offices and saw lots of different interesting stuff. This is an explanation of how the locks work  that I took a picture of. Locks are about
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Rain gardens. A chance to keep our cities alive, in five easy steps – Helen Spring, UK

Ongoing wildlife declines here in Britain and around the world are enough to stop you in your tracks. The Living Planet report released by WWF in 2016 reported that there has been a decline in all vertebrate species by 58% in the years between 1972 and 2012[1]. In other words,
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Updates on domestic sanitation in Ireland; and a possible sustainable future – Féidhlim Harty, Ireland

Féidhlim Harty looks at the effect the forthcoming EPA Code of Practice on domestic scale wastewater treatment systems will have on reducing the contamination of groundwater in Ireland. And asks whether we need to be smarter in how we deal with sewage.
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Water in walls – The impact of solar radiation on the moisture safety of walls – Valentina Marincioni, UK

Damp is a perennial problem in the UK. Valentina Marincioni explains why the sun is more effective at drying out wet walls in damp and rainy UK rather than sunny Italy, and the effect that adding internal wall insulation this has on the movement of water vapour in UK buildings.
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On the banks of the River Nile – Egyptian villagers views on water efficiency – Suzanne Armsden, Egypt

Until a few years ago, I lived in Upper Egypt within a small village community on the Eastern banks of the River Nile opposite the granite ridge which forms the Valley of the Kings. The River Nile – which courses through over 10 countries – has always been the lifeblood
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Water, Energy, and Data – Bora Ristic, World

Bora Ristic looks at the water footprint of data centres, links Radiohead with growing tomatoes, highlights what Google and Apple are doing to lower their water footprint and ask whether in the future we will choose internet service providers based on their environmental performance.
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A very water efficient elephant… – Sally Hall, UK

Sally Hall gives the low down on the UK’s most water efficient elephant!
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Managing Water Demand – Dr Alison Browne, UK

The water industry has tried to manage consumption through technological ‘fixes’. But only by understanding how and why water is used by actual people can demand be reduced, argues Dr Alison Browne.
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Confessions of a low water user – Jo Saady, UK

Jo Saady of Ecotecture hasn’t used much water in her 20 years of being an architect. But has now decided she can save even more by giving up flushing the toilet!
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The Public Lav Lottery – Kate Fewson, UK

Kate Fewson of Closed Loop Projects turns her attention away from female urinals to the bog standard public loo and all the perils that may await the unsuspecting user…
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Saving Water – Dr Tina Holt, UK

Tina Holt blogs about how having small children who will only bath, flush the loo, or wash their hands if someone reminds them, results in very low overall household water use and is to be recommended!
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Public Toilet Provision, Gender and Menstruation – Dr Clara Greed, UK

Dr Clara Greed blogs about the under provision of public toilets for women, both in the UK and abroad, and concludes that public toilets are the missing link in creating sustainable, accessible and equitable cities.
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Lydia Clare-Skinner visits the French town of Evian, samples the local water and reports back, France

Lydia Clare-Skinner visits the French town of Evian, samples the local water and reports back
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Water footprints – what do they really tell us? – Judith Thornton, UK

Judith Thornton discusses Water footprints and what do they really tell us?
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Flood Management in the UK – Jim Allen, UK

Jim Allen, a civil engineer with expertise in SuDS design blogs about the recent extreme weather events in the UK, the complexity of flood management, gives the Environment Agency a cautious thumbs up and calls for a tidal barrage across the Severn Estuary. All this in less than 900 words!
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Water Submetering in New York? – Warren Liebold, US

Back in the late 1980's New York City replaced 1.3 million toilets for free in a successful water efficiency programme. They have just launched a similar scheme to replace 0.8 million toilets. And yet apartments in the city are not metered for water. Why ever not? Warren Liebold Director of Universal Metering for New York City explains why.
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A nervous woman’s view on the female urinal – Kate Fewson, Germany

Kate Fewson of Closed Loop Projects reminisces about a drunken encounter with a women’s urinal in Germany and asks what would it take for her to use one successfully?
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Water Conservation Nature’s Way: The Beaver – Russell Stevens, UK

Beavers are back in Kent, doing what they do best, building dams across rivers and streams. Russell Stevens of Conker Conservation explains the many environmental benefits of a beaver’s construction skills.
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Australian Water Stories – Stephen Choi, Australia

Stephen Choi moved to Sydney from London 18 months ago. His blog about the extremes of drought and flood that Australia suffers from, is inspired by personal testimony from Australian citizens.
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Water supply and sanitation in Sweden – Tim Sibthorp, Sweden

Tim Sibthorp, a Brit who has lived in Sweden for the last 30 years, blogs about the differences in water use between the two countries and provides an overview of water supplies and waste water treatment in Sweden.
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Urban and rural water supplies in Mali – Yaoussa Bagayoko, Mali

The average water consumption in Mali is just 50 litres/person/day in urban areas, and far less in rural areas. This low use is due to a combination of factors, including the fact that most people have dry toilets and over 50% of urban homes are not connected to a piped water supply.
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Water use and mis-use in New Dehli – Kanu Agrawal, India

Clean drinking water and sanitary toilet facilities are a fundamental necessity. With a soaring population and a growing economy, India’s cities are struggling to supply water to their citizens.
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