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Waves to Water Prize

January 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office launched a prize to develop wave energy powered desalination…
Engineers find a way to turn water pollution into valuable chemicals

January 16, 2020

Rice University researchers have identified a simpler way to rid water of cancer-causing pollutants and turn them into…
A new way to remove contaminants from nuclear wastewater

December 20, 2019

Nuclear power continues to expand globally, propelled, in part, by the fact that it produces few greenhouse gas…
Ecological fertilizer from wastewater nutrients

December 19, 2019

Wastewaters contain large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen, which are valuable nutrients. Aalto University’s NPHarvest process enables recovery…
Researchers develop sponge that removes oil from water

December 17, 2019

University of Toronto researchers have developed a new strategy to remove tiny oil droplets from wastewater with more than 90…
Get over it? When it comes to recycled water, consumers won’t

November 19, 2019

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it’s perfectly safe and tastes as…
Georgia Tech Included in Major Water Desalination Research Initiative

October 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) has been…
How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Water Purification

October 11, 2019

We rely on water to live. However, we don’t always know what it takes to make it clean…
A sustainable solution for safer drinking water

September 30, 2019

People who get their water from rural, small water systems are at a greater health risk of exposure…
Use of nanopores could lead to cleaner water

September 27, 2019

Not all nanopores are created equal. For starters, their diameters vary between 1 and 10 nanometers (nm). The…
Freshening up contaminated water

August 29, 2019

Nitrate is a troublesome groundwater contaminant that is mainly caused by fertilizer runoff on farmlands. Many wells in…
A new way to generate solar steam for cleaning water and reducing waste

August 22, 2019

Strategies for purifying water abound, but they tend to require lots of energy. Scientists at Argonne are exploring…
Can We Reuse Polluted Water? Yes, Add Bacteria

July 30, 2019

Scientists say bacterial communities are the key to efficient, low-cost treatment systems for wastewater from the oil and…
Nanoporous Material Nets Contaminant from Water

July 8, 2019

Toxic chemical contaminates water in 43 states. Barely visible material that looks like tiny grains of sand may hold…
‘Hot spots’ increase efficiency of solar desalination

June 19, 2019

Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its…
Getting the oil out of water

June 11, 2019

Oil and water are famously reluctant to mix fully together. But separating them completely — for example, when…
How Other States Can Follow LA’s Lead for Turning Sewage Into Drinkable Water

June 7, 2019

One of the processes for creating a more sustainable future is finding a way to recycle dirty materials…
Soaking up pharmaceuticals and personal care products from water

May 9, 2019

Medications excreted in the urine or dumped into the toilet can end up in the water supply, just…
Water and wastewater disinfection can help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, but what about their genes?

April 12, 2019

Each year at least 2 million Americans are infected with bacteria that cannot be treated with antibiotics, and…
Acquiescence, Broken Trust and Water Safety in Healthcare Facilities

March 28, 2019

The hospital director at a hospital in Ghana ushers me to a crowded and chaotic pediatric ward, introduces…
Digitization could drive new water technologies

March 27, 2019

Research, innovation, education, and entrepreneurship can contribute to the development of new technologies in the water sector according…
Argonne Lab addresses obstacles to clean water for all

February 8, 2019

Dozens of Argonne researchers are helping to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems — the availability…
Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria

January 22, 2019

More than one in 10 people in the world lack basic drinking water access, and by 2025, half…
Sewers could help clean the atmosphere

January 18, 2019

Sewage treatment — an unglamorous backbone of urban living — could offer a cost-effective way to combat climate…
Researcher looks to improve water treatment with support from NSF grants

November 27, 2018

Whenever you fill a glass from the tap, the water that comes out is full of hundreds of…
The FAMAE Foundation launches the world’s largest challenge dedicated to water: PRECIOUS WATER!

November 23, 2018

The FAMAE Foundation launches on November 15 PRECIOUS WATER!, an international innovation challenge with €2,000,000 as prize amount…
Inexpensive material offers solution for ocean oil spills

November 5, 2018

A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on…
New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant

October 9, 2018

Rice University scientists have developed something akin to the Venus’ flytrap of particles for water remediation. Micron-sized spheres created in…
UW-Madison helps communities create cleaner, greener wastewater

September 24, 2018

A process invented at UW–Madison is now removing phosphorus at Madison’s regional sewage treatment plant. Like many other…
Origami inspires highly efficient solar steam generator

September 24, 2018

Water covers most of the globe, yet many regions still suffer from a lack of clean drinking water.…
3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes

September 18, 2018

Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure…
2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge

September 9, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water is pleased to announce the 7th annual Campus RainWorks…
Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

September 5, 2018

UC Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs…
Particles pull last drops of oil from well water

August 19, 2018

Oil and water tend to separate, but they mix well enough to form stable oil-in-water emulsions in produced water from…
Nanofiber Filter Improves Rural Water Treatment

August 18, 2018

Small, rural communities often lack the resources to maintain adequate water treatment systems. Across the United States, 97…
Solving water access issues with solar energy

August 17, 2018

Imagine living in a community where your drinking water must be trucked in because the wells in your…
Algorithm Provides Early Warning System for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

August 13, 2018

Berkeley Lab researchers devise system to monitor contaminant plumes. Groundwater contamination is increasingly recognized as a widespread environmental…
Improved Oxidation is Water Wizardry Against Drought

August 13, 2018

Nothing beats summer heat better than diving into a pool or sipping a cold glass of lemonade. Sadly,…
Novel system selectively sequesters toxins from water

August 7, 2018

Rice University scientists are developing technology to remove contaminants from water – but only as many as necessary.…
A solar purifier creates its own disinfectant from water and sunlight

July 5, 2018

Consumed by thirst, miles from home, the hiker must decide whether to drink and risk infection from whatever…
Can We Permanently Solve Developing Countries’ Drinking Water Problems?

July 4, 2018

Large cities in developing countries are growing at a rapid rate. Their “slums” are increasing, too — perhaps…
New water treatment plant tests Stanford technology for cleaning wastewater while creating energy

May 11, 2018

Billions of years ago, when Earth’s atmosphere reeked of unbreathable gases, microbes evolved in the absence of oxygen.…
A reimagined future for sustainable nanomaterials

May 3, 2018

Engineered nanomaterials hold great promise for medicine, electronics, water treatment, and other fields. But when the materials are…
Mat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in water

March 28, 2018

A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through…
Improved wastewater treatment technologies hold promise for cost savings, energy production

March 23, 2018

Improved wastewater treatment methods that lead to cost savings and energy production are part of Oregon State University’s…
Berkeley Lab Aims for Big Breakthroughs in Water Technology

March 19, 2018

The Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute to bring science solutions to water issues in California and beyond Recognizing that…
Removing heavy metals from water with MOFs

March 16, 2018

An estimated 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, a problem expected to worsen…
New nanoporous metal foams uses sunlight to clean up water

February 15, 2018

Professor Davide Mattia from the University of Bath’s Department of Chemical Engineering has been awarded a five-year EPSRC(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research…
Corralling xenon gas out of waste streams

February 2, 2018

From space propulsion to lighting to surgical anesthesia, the applications and needs for xenon gas are growing. And…
One-step catalyst turns nitrates into water and air

January 5, 2018

Engineers at Rice University’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center have found a catalyst that cleans toxic nitrates…
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