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water teChnOlOgY what's ahead for water technology? n Six new radical innovations on the horizon BY DOMInIC BaSultO NASA is now predicting a "megadrought" as early as 2050 that might last 30 or more years and transform a broad swath of the United States into an arid Dust Bowl. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase along current trajectories, say NASA researchers, there is a staggering 80 percent likelihood of the Southwest and Central Plains experiencing a decades-long megadrought worse than any that has occurred in the past 1,000 years. Such radical climate change would require radical innovation. With that in mind, here are some of the radical water technology innovations - many of them far too expensive and speculative now - that may become more cost-effective and attractive by the time Dust Bowl II hits. 1. The Internet of Things The low-hanging fruit when it comes to water innovation is simply making the entire system of bringing water from source to market more efficient and effective. One way to manage and conserve water better is to hook up 20 thIrD Quarter 2015 - wants to become the "Bloomberg terminal for water" by providing a dashboard of data analytics for water industry professionals. 2. Agricultural drones America's water infrastructure to the Internet and enable real-time monitoring via sensors. Pipes, wells, treatment plants, just about anything can become smarter once it's hooked up to the Internet. Loss management and loss detection then becomes much easier. For that reason, there has been a noticeable focus on companies and startups that use sensors and data tools to manage water infrastructure. For example, Wellntel makes the process of managing well water and aquifers more efficient by providing sensors that monitor water levels in wells. Another company - WatrHub You've heard the statistics - 80 percent of all water in the United States is consumed by the agricultural sector. No wonder, then, there's been a focus on new ways of ensuring that all water within the agricultural sector gets used more efficiently. For example, Tal-Ya

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2015

From the President
Innovations for Every Utility
What’s Ahead for Water Technology?
Is Your Utility Prepared to Fight Misinformation on Social Media?
Variable Frequency Drives
Available EPA Tools and Resources for Small and Rural Utilities
Rural Water Assists Mount Zion with Water Loss, Finances
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2015