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Water & Climate: Wicked Problem Meets Threat Multiplier

Water insecurity due to climate change has the potential to uproot nearly every aspect of modern society: food production, urban and rural settlements, energy production, industrial development, economic growth, and natural ecosystems. Water and climate…

Indra Nooyi Is Right About CSR — What It Means for Corporate Water Strategy

During my early days in sustainability consulting, the value proposition for sustainability was frequently framed as the “triple bottom line” and the “right thing to do.” My experience was that these value propositions gained very…

The Colorado River Basin: What’s Wrong and What’s Needed To Make It Right

On Aug. 16, the U.S. federal government declared a Colorado River water shortage for the first time. This unprecedented action was triggered by the precipitous drop in Lake Mead’s water level: It’s at 1,067 feet above sea level,…

Drought, Mega Drought

What’s With the Colorado River Basin? The Colorado River Basin (CRB) and, in general, the American West, is in the midst of a water crisis. This crisis has been in the making for a long time…

The Colorado River Basin: Why We Need Watershed Scale Solutions

Entrepreneurs To Solve Wicked Water Problems While water scarcity, poor quality, lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and inequity of water services are a global problem, the solutions are typically at…

Augmented (Digital) Intelligence— People, the Missing Dimension in Digital Transformation of Water

The digital transformation of the water sector, both the utility and industrial sectors, was well underway before the pandemic. The digital transformation trend has accelerated over the past twelve months as the public and private sectors…

Digital Technologies Are the Only Chance To Achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is highly questionable, as the status quo is difficult to disrupt. Difficult, that is, but not impossible. A report from 2019, “Digital With a Purpose: Delivering a SMARTer2030”,…

A Roadmap to AI and Digital Transformation in Water (or Elsewhere)

Digital technology has transformed transportation, healthcare, education, energy, and entertainment. Those industries provide valuable lessons for the digital transformation we are now witnessing in the water sector, where we work. However, the realities of this…

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s…

Digital Transformation: People Ahead of Technology

Digital technologies are transforming humanity’s relationships with water, but to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions, we must challenge the status quo and provide our workforces with the strategy, culture, and tools to succeed. It…