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23 Oct, 2008

Akvo.org

Posted by: Skylar In: Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard of Akvo yet, you should head over to their site to take a look.  I was originally quite impressed with the idea, but I didn’t have a chance to blog about it yet. Akvo is a site that attempts to use the internet as a tool to help provide clean water [...]

26 Sep, 2008

Project 10 to the 100

Posted by: Skylar In: internet coverage|news

Google Inc.  is sponsoring a new competition to promote technologies that can improve the lives of those around the globe.  The company is offering $10 million dollars, split between up to five finalists who submit a google-worthy idea.  Here’s the challenge: If you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, we want to [...]

22 Sep, 2008

World map: the scarcity of water

Posted by: Skylar In: water

In an article by the Economist, they discuss the current shortage of water throughout the globe.  According to the article, Farming, which accounts for some 70% of human water consumption, offers the best opportunity for thrift. Repairing leaks and better irrigation in poor countries could help reduce wastage by up to 70%, as could switching [...]

14 Sep, 2008

Ron Rivera

Posted by: Skylar In: water

The Water Wired blog posted an article about the death of 60 year old Ron Rivera.  Ron Rivera worked for Potters for Peace, teaching locals how to create ceramic pots that would help purify drinking water: The pots, with their small pores and silver lining, would eliminate such pathogens as E. coli, giardia, and cryptospiridium. They [...]

10 Sep, 2008

Charity:water

Posted by: Skylar In: water

Today I stubled across a website for an organization called “charity:water”.  I’ve been quite impressed with the website itself.  The pictures and videos that have been collected from various projects are very well done. charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of [...]

29 Aug, 2008

Water Corruption in South Africa

Posted by: Skylar In: water

I’ve always been interested in civil engineering throughout the world, and how location changes the requirements and the challenges in engineering practice.  Unfortunately, it’s not always just challenges caused by the natural environment  that a civil engineer encounters.  Lately, I’ve been learning that a large portion of civil engineering involves business relationships with the public [...]


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