Counting the Drops: Leak detection and auditing methods for water supply systems

Read the full story in Water Efficiency. Leaks are never good, whether it’s a leaky boat or a leaky pipe system. Even advanced water utility systems can experience water loses ranging from 10 to 40%, with these losses being proportional to the population of the urban area serviced by the water distribution system. Large cities like …

Average number of televisions in U.S. homes declining

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. Results from the U.S Energy Information Administration’s most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that an average of 2.3 televisions were used in American homes in 2015, down from an average of 2.6 televisions per household in 2009. The number of homes with three or …

After Flint, Feds and Some States Speed Up Time for Notifying Public About Lead-Contaminated Water

Read the full story in Governing. The nation's public water utilities will have to tell their customers within 24 hours -- rather than 60 days -- if dangerous levels are detected in homes they service under a law Congress recently passed in response to the Flint water crisis.

Clean Water Rule on Trump’s Next Chopping Block

Read the full story in Governing. President Donald Trump will order his administration to rescind and rewrite an Obama-era environmental rule that critics say gave the U.S. government too much power to regulate waterways nationwide, according to a senior White House official. Trump is set to sign a directive on Tuesday compelling the U.S. Army …

Sustainable ceramics without a kiln

Read the full story at Phys.org. The manufacture of cement, bricks, bathroom tiles and porcelain crockery normally requires a great deal of heat: a kiln is used to fire the ceramic materials at temperatures well in excess of 1,000°C. Now, material scientists from ETH Zurich have developed what seems at first glance to be an …