Last year, we celebrated International Women’s Day by kicking off our first ever “Women in Water” feature with a highly popular blog series showcasing the achievements of women working in the water industry. This year, we thought we’d continue the tradition by rallying around the official theme of International Women’s Day 2019, #BalanceforBetter.
Water has always been important. The perception of its importance is closely linked to episodes of too much, too little, or the wrong quality. Climate change, urban growth, and agricultural intensification are just three examples of pressures that are contributing to an unprecedented global awareness of the importance of water.
For the final week in our Women in Water series, started on International Women’s Day, we are interviewing women across the world who are dedicated to the protection of the water and the environment, and the use of technology to do so. This week, we met with Tamara Roberts, a Linko user at the City of Bloomington Utilities in Bloomington, IN, USA, and Angela Perks, an AQUARIUS user from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in New Zealand.
As part of our Women in Water series, started on International Women’s Day, we are interviewing women across the world who are dedicated to the protection of the water and the environment, and the use of technology to do so. This week, we met with Kirsten Adams, an AQUARIUS user at the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), and Lynn Landry, a WaterTrax user at Metro Vancouver.
As part of our Women in Water series, started on International Women’s Day, we are interviewing women across the world who are dedicated to the protection of the water and the environment, and the use of technology to do so. This week, we met with Donna Hollis, an AQUARIUS user from TasWater, and Alice Ohrtmann, a Linko user from Rock River Water Reclamation District.
There is a hidden cost behind the reliance on spreadsheets that is invisible to those who are dependent on them. Most people use spreadsheets for multiple purposes, so using spreadsheets to manage water data seems “free” relative to the cost of purpose-built software for data management. A National Public Radio Podcast about spreadsheets was recommended to me by colleagues at the CWRA conference in Lethbridge last week.
By 2050, a world population of 9 billion will require 60% more food. The security of our global food supply is highly reliant on adequate water supply. According to the United Nations, “agriculture is the biggest water user, with irrigation accounting for 70% of global water withdrawals.” While the global population is growing, water supply is not. So to meet 2050 food demands, it’s important we learn to better utilize limited water resources for optimal agricultural production. Today’s irrigation districts are being smarter about water use!
In my last post, I announced the winners of the 2016 AQUARIUS Impact Awards. I congratulated Chris Smith, Water Resource Analyst at Murrumbidgee Irrigation for his outstanding achievements with AQUARIUS Time-Series. Today, while I visit our customers in Australia, I’d like to celebrate the country’s very progressive water monitoring practices. In many ways, Australia is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to monitoring water.
Last week I attended the Environmental Industry Summit XIV in San Diego, California where Grant Ferrier, President and CEO of Environmental Business International Inc., presented EBI’s annual overview of market performance, segment trends and an outlook for 2016 and beyond. The Summit is a great event that brings together industry leaders to network and discuss opportunities for all of us working in the environmental space. The results for 2015 and the outlook for 2016 are very exciting.
Happy holidays from all the contributors here at Hydrology Corner! It’s been another busy year at Hydrology Corner with more than 30 insightful and important discussions on a range of topics, from Uncertainty and the IoT, to Captain Kirk piping Water from Seattle to California and the Zombie Apocalypse.