Groundwater News Roundup (Jul/Aug 2018)

Here's a roundup of some of the recent developments in the groundwater industry

WATER: 2018 Market Intelligence Report

GreenCape is a non-profit organisation that drives the widespread adoption of economically viable green economy solutions from the Western Cape. Since the publication of the 2017 Water Market Intelligence Report (MIR) there have been substantial developments in investment opportunities in the urban water sector in the Western Cape. The drought has had a severe impact on business, has resulted in water restrictions, and has led to efforts by the private sector and municipalities to avoid acute water shortages. This has opened investment opportunities for technologies and services that enable resilience to drought and longer-term water constraints caused by climate change. This year’s report focuses specifically on these investment opportunities.

Rohini Nilekani dreams of making invisible water visible

The capricious nature of groundwater has resulted in so much exploitation and overuse that we now have a consistent crisis. Presenting a roadmap for groundwater governance and information transparency using technology.

Farmers are drawing groundwater from the giant Ogallala Aquifer faster than nature replaces it

Every summer the U.S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to irrigate sorghum, soy, cotton, wheat and corn and maintain large herds of cattle and hogs. As the heat rises, anxious irrigators gather to discuss whether and how they should adopt more stringent conservation measures.

Earthquakes can be weakened by groundwater

Researchers have found that the presence of pressurized fluid in surrounding rock can reduce the intensity of earthquakes triggered by underground human activities like geothermal energy production.