Joerg Barandat: WATERINTAKE 07/2014 part 2

SWP: Ungeplant bleibt der Normalfall … S.33

Divining Water: Dowsers in Big Demand During California Drought

June 29th 2014 Whatever it’s called, the ancient method of discovering water underground is finding new life in drought-ridden states such as California. "I’ve found at least eight wells for our vineyard, and hundreds of wells for farmers and homes," said Marc Mondavi, who not only helps run the family-owned Charles Krug Winery in California’s Napa Valley, but is also a dowser for hire. The 59-year-old Mondavi said he’s been dowsing for 40 years, but the extreme drought in the Golden State is generating at least 50 percent of his customer base these days … Dowsing is the technique of searching for underground water, or even minerals or oil, by observing the motion of a pointer. The pointer can be a forked stick, or bent wires or brass rods … Bill Getz of Schoharie, New York, said he’s found more than 1,000 water wells, locating

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his first at the age of 13. "I use an apple or willow Y branch," said the 71-year-old, who’s retired from his job at the New York state education department. "I look for where water accumulates." The cost of dowsing can vary. Some dowsers offer their services for free and just want their expenses covered. Others ask only for donations. Mondavi said he charges $500 per site visit …

Mohammed’s water drive to benefit 5 million

June 28, 2014 UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will launch the UAE Water Aid campaign to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million persons around the world who suffer from a shortage of potable water … The campaign, which coincides with the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, will involve digging wells and providing water pumps to provide areas in need with water purification equipment … The UAE Water campaign is an addition to a series of human initiatives the UAE has accustomed itself to launch over the past years with the aim of improving living conditions of many people around the world … During the launch of the UAE Water Aid campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE is a capital of humanitarian activities and that the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan witnesses the birth of humanitarian initiatives in the UAE benefiting all the needy …

Thousands go without water as Detroit cuts service for nonpayment

June 28, 2014 It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill’s water. Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor, while a bigger one sits outside in the yard, where she hopes it will collect some rain. She’s developed an intricate recycling system of washing the dishes, cleaning the floor and flushing the toilet with the same water. "It’s frightening, because you think this is something that only happens somewhere like Africa," said Hill, a single mother who is studying homeland security at a local college. "But now I know what they’re going through — when I get somewhere there’s a water faucet, I drink until my stomach hurts." Hill is one of thousands of residents in Detroit who have had their water and sewer services turned off as part of a crackdown on customers who are behind on their bills. In April, the city set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531. The city says that cutting off water is the only way to get people to pay their bills as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy — the utility is currently owed $90 million from customers, and nearly half the city’s 300,000 or so accounts are past due. But cutting off water to people already living in poverty came under criticism last week from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose experts said that Detroit was violating international standards by cutting off access to water. "When there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections," Catarina de Albuquerque, the office’s expert on the human right to water and sanitation, said in the communique …

Water wisdom

June 27, 2014 … As the monsoons fail to make a great beginning and as the populace of India waits for the July and August rainfall, one thing is becoming clear: we are more dependent on the monsoons then we ever were. Added to that urban water utilities are struggling to improve and expand infrastructure and augment resources. Private water tankers which supply homes and apartments with supplemental water charge from Rs. 50 to Rs. 150 a kilo-litre or more. If available, water is expensive and is spurring some innovations across the board. As apartments buy water by the tanker loads every day many have started to install a meter to measure the water delivered by the tankers … Start-ups have started to make smart meters linked to the web and which will start delivering consumption details to every flat. This will make the charges for water volumetric and more equitous within large apartments, rewarding the efficient consumers and punishing the inefficient ones … Rainwater harvesting and recharge has become the norm with many large buildings accommodating these in the design itself. Water efficient fixtures such as aerated taps, flow controllers, efficient flushes and showers are making inroads into the market, reducing water consumption considerably. Time of day irrigation, point-of-use application of drip irrigation and sprinklers are entering the landscape market which already is moving towards efficiency by shifting to native species of plants and trees …

Global water system stress and water use

June 27, 2014 Inefficient agricultural techniques, heavy subsidies for water and a lack of long term planning have left Iran’s fresh water supplies dangerously low. As summer begins several major Iranian cities plan to implement rationing schemes, but experts caution the situation is likely to get much worse in the years to come. Here is where Iran fits into the global picture of water stress and consumption …

Experimentalkurzspielfilm: Ein Tag ohne Wasser – härter als gedacht

26.06.2014 … Wie sieht ein Tag ganz ohne Wasser eigentlich aus? Dieser Frage sind Schüler und Schülerinnen der Praxis-HAK Völkermarkt in den vergangenen Monaten nachgegangen. Für den Education Award 2014 nahmen sie einen Experimentalkurzspielfilm in Angriff …


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