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  • Mary Conley Eggert

This Week in Global Water Works 4-17-23: The Value of #RainWater

Updated: Apr 26, 2023


Congratulations to our new Ambassadors and say “hello” to our newest members: Yeled Omercy (California), Selly Ayu Janetasari (Hungary), John J (Michigan), Elena Yonah (California), David Emmons (Florida), Sue Nierman (Illinois)

WHO TO KNOW: Rainwater and conservation experts from across the globe connected for the WOW Action Forum April 7 to discuss the value of data to manage rainwater, mitigate floods and replenish groundwater and soil. Listen in to the out-takes from Masters Candidate Bobby Goshi, Nirmala Gowda and RainGrid CEO Kevin Mercer, in the new WOW-Action Forum Group. THIS WEEK’S POLL: We had some good discussion associated with this week’s poll, which explored the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting?

  • Can solve the need for clean drinking water in many areas of the world – 63%

  • Is more a hobby than a realistic solution – 0%

  • I would use it for water to water grass and plants – 9%

  • Not worth the time it takes to set up and maintain – 0%

  • Other, please comment – 27%

Comments: Rainwater will need to be cleaned and filtered. I believe every household in America should have this water. Using municipal water for gardening is not wrong but is surely not optimal. Rainwater harvested is the best for this purpose. In some areas the storage tanks may not be allowed. This begs the question aren’t utility poles ugly. Rainwater harvesting comes in several forms. It is unusual to find someone with a rainwater harvesting system coupled with a water reuse system to provide all the needed water. It can be done! Here is an example. TECH TALK: In this week’s interesting Tech Talk, Mary Eggert talks with Wayne Carmichael, an expert in harmful algal blooms (HABs). Wayne has studied HABs and their consequences for 50 years.

WONDER OF WATER: : In anticipation of Earth Day, Sally Wenczel takes us on a journey through the wonderful world of rain gardens. These nifty little gardens are like superheroes of the water world, capturing and filtering stormwater runoff. Not only do they help to protect our precious water resources, but they also provide a cozy home for cute critters like pollinators and other wildlife. And the best part? You can create your very own rain garden in your backyard or community! So get your shovels ready and let's make the world a better (and wetter) place, one rain garden at a time!

FUN WITH WATER and COMPUTING: #WorldQuantumDay reminds us of the influence quantum computing is having on the water sector. It’s a great reason to celebrate the amazing potential of quantum technology to solve some of the world's biggest water challenges. Quantum sensors and computing algorithms can help us detect and manage water contamination and optimize water distribution systems. This means cleaner, safer, and more efficient water for everyone. But it's not just about the technology - it's also about collaboration and innovation. Together, we can leverage quantum technology and work towards a sustainable water future for all. So let's raise a glass of water and toast to the exciting possibilities of quantum technology. FEATURED EVENTS: SAVE THE DATE: Read on for Global Water Works Community Happenings - curated from around the globe. A partial list is below: SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE – April 16 – 19 THE WATER TOWER DEMO DAY – April 21 WATER WEEK 2023 – April 23 – 29 SMART WATER SYSTEMS 2023 – April 24 – 25 PRAISE AND PRAYER – April 25 NATIONAL WATER POLICY FLY-IN – April 25 – 26 GLOBAL SMART WATER METERING CONGRESS – APRIL 26 – 27 WATER & WASTEWATER EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS ASSOC. WASHINGTON FORUM – April 26 - 28 EFFECTIVE UTILITY MANAGEMENT – May 2 - 3 MICHIGAN LAKES AND STREAMS CONFERENCE – May 5 - 6 GLOBAL WATER SUMMIT – May 8 – 10 PRAISE AND PRAYER – May 9 SWAN 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: MAKING SMART WATER MAINSTREAM – May 9 - 11 WEF ODORS AND AIR POLLUTANTS CONFERENCE 2023 – May 16 – 19 WEF/IWA RESIDUALS AND BIIOSOLIDS CONFERENCE 2023 – May 16 – 19 ROTARY WORLD WATER SUMMIT 15: EVERYTHING STARTS WITH WASH – May 25 FLORIDA WATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE – May 31 – June 3 WEF/IWA INNOVATIONS IN PROCESS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE – June 6 – 9 AWWA ACE 23: THE FUTURE OF WATER IS 2050 – June 11 - 14 LIBERTYVILLE DAYS – June 15 – 18 WATER INNOVATION EUROPE- June 20 – 22 WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY – June 23 WASTEWATER DISEASE SURVEILLANCE SUMMIT – June 26 WEF STORMWATER SUMMIT 2023 – June 27 - 29 WEF COLLECTION SYSTEMS CONFERENCE – June 28 - 30 FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING SUMMER SCHOOL – July 18 – 21 WATER EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION SUMMIT – August 2 -3 20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HARMFUL ALGAE – August 2 – October 11 THE WATER EXPO – August 22 – 24 STORMCON – August 29 – 31 WATERPRO CONFERENCE 2023 – September 25 – 27 FUTURE WATER CONGRESS – September 27 – 28 WATERVENT – October 10 WATEC PORTUGAL – December 5 – 7 ABOUT GlobalWaterWorks: Each week, we identify research, success stories, new technologies and water heroes to illustrate how global water works for the planet, people and prosperity. Our mission is to connect drops of interest for waves of impact, and we invite you to collaborate and celebrate impactful water work in the community: You can also follow us on LinkedIn: Twitter @GlobalWaterWork; and Facebook:

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