New project on urban water security and sustainability funded, $1.5M from TAMU

Texas A&M University announced last week that it will fund a new interdisciplinary project on urban water security -- "Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security: Desalination and Water Reuse in the 21st Century" -- for $1.5M over the next three years. Desalination of seawater and brackish groundwater and wastewater reuse are seen as major technological …

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Water insecurity during drought

Calamitous drought in the Brazilian Sertão (Backlands) inspired songs, poetry, and oral traditions that infuse culture and society.  Migrants leaving the desiccated soil populate the regions cities, driving metropolitan populations since the 1970s.  Reading the stories is one thing.  Visiting the region, which faces a five-year drought, is an entirely different experience. Dried reservoirs are scattered …

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Immigration Status and Water Insecurity

What causes household water insecurity, or the struggle for affordable, accessible and reliable water for a healthy life?  Poverty and housing influence the capacities of households to secure drinking water.  We have seen in Flint, Detroit, and Washington DC, epic government failures undermine secure drinking water.  But what about immigration status?  What is the relationship …

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Going to Brazil as Fulbright Scholar

Yesterday, I learned that I will be a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil to teach at the Universidade Federal de Ceará – Fortaleza (UFC) and conduct a research project on urban water provisioning and household water security. I am thrilled to work with students and faculty on an exciting project and further deepen our existing institutional …

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Co-organizing AAG Sessions for Chicago, April 2015

Thanks to Eric Perramond's (Colorado College) initial ping, we have organized a three-part set of sessions for the next AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago. We have a fantastic line up of scholars --both early career, and those of us who are, well, not so early career-- to push existing analytics in water governance to incorporate the …

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‘If no gasoline, no water’: the rise of water vending machines in South Texas

Rather than drink tap water delivered through community water systems, thousands of families living in south Texas "colonias," low-income peri-urban and rural subdivisions on the US-Mexico border, rely on private water vending machines.  My recent study discovered that over 87% of the surveyed colonias households relied on 50% or more of drinking water from the water …

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