An Internet of Water Coalition Blog
December 14, 2021
Everyone needs water, but many Americans are struggling to pay the rising costs of water services. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Water Policy Program has developed a water affordability dashboard that allows users to assess affordability across different water utilities using flexible, self-selected parameters.
November 18, 2021
Without consistent, standardized, and easily accessible water data, the true state of water resources is not accurately represented. As a result, data users may make faulty assumptions and ill-informed decisions. Poor decisions can be catastrophic, especially as water resources become both increasingly scarce and in high demand. IoW is developing a solution.
October 21, 2021
Nearly 70 years after Steinbeck wrote East of Eden, his words still ring true. With satellite images showing receding reservoirs contoured with pale bathtub rings of dry earth, drab mountain peaks where white snowpack melted away months ago, and so much smoke, the dry years have again put a terror across California.
September 24, 2021
What exactly is a water data hub? What should it be? With no roadmap or guidebook to follow, how do you design a hub? What sort of catalyst is needed to really get the ball rolling and build momentum? In Texas, the answer to the last question is steady effort over a number of years followed by a massive hurricane.
September 2, 2021
Freshwater harmful algal bloom (FHAB) season is here. In lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams across the country tiny microorganisms are reproducing in mass. Spurred on by the heat and high concentrations of nutrients, blue-green algae form a thick green scum on the surface of water bodies. This scum is not only foul-smelling, it’s also dangerous.
July 22, 2021
In this blog, we discuss the importance of and need for cities to modernize water data. Using stakeholder engagement to incorporate local knowledge, the partners in this project in Boerne, TX, gained important perspectives, ideas, and approaches to inform the creation of the Internet of Water’s first municipal water data hub.