Water! Taken For Granted, Necessary For Life, Let's Talk About It! In Social Virtual Reality!


Water! Sustainability! Join us to discuss what is water, why is it essential to life, how can we help manage our water use, and the many fascinating technologies available to make our use of water more efficient and effective. The following is from United Nations website: "Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. It is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, welfare and productivity of populations. It is central to the production and preservation of a host of benefits and services for people. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the climate system, human society and the environment. Water is a finite and irreplaceable resource that is fundamental to human well-being. It is only renewable if well managed. Today, more than 1.7 billion people live in river basins where depletion through use exceeds natural recharge, a trend that will see two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed countries by 2025. Water can pose a serious challenge to sustainable development but managed efficiently and equitably, water can play a key enabling role in strengthening the resilience of social, economic and environmental systems in the light of rapid and unpredictable changes." (United Nations, Water & Sustainability)

OK! That’s out of the way... let’s get... local! New Mexico uses more water relative to available water than any other state in the USA, so...

New Mexico! Its climate, vistas, history, diversity & food are truly enchanting. The phrase is even on its license plate. However, it is the most "water-stressed" state in the union, using 80% of its total available supply. But NM is also a water technology leader! Water is essential to health and industry, so I've been meaning to devote a Health Systems Chat in Social VR to it. Join us during the Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas (the one in Nevada, not New Mexico!) to talk about water! It's a national conference, so no matter where you live: What is water? Why is it essential for life? How can we conserve and more efficiently use it?

Water Smart Innovation Conference & Expo

New Mexico license plate

Water use down this year in Albuquerque, utility says » Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico faces extreme water scarcity on par with the United Arab Emirates

“New Mexico Water: What Our Next Leaders Need to Know” Summary Report UNM Water Conference, May 17, 2018

Water: The Science of Nature's Most Important Nutrient

Meltwater research vital to water sustainability

A wellspring of innovation: NMSU researchers test new water conservation practices

Where does Albuquerque’s water come from?

Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping or gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation (Wikipedia)

More than 20 years of water conservation efforts and a massive river water treatment project are paying off for Albuquerque

New Mexico Water Science Center

Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

New Mexico farmers manage scarce resource with centuries-old irrigation system

Trees on Southern Blvd. unnecessary luxury (letter to editor regarding water conservation)

Check back for lots more educational and entertaining (NM vacation photos!) for more links!

A microwave-sized water harvester pulls all the water you need directly from the air, even in the hot, dry desert, researchers report

Is your tap water safe? Study claims cancer risk even in 'safe' water

WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)

Whole House Water Rating Using HERS H2O (video)

Digital Twin – Water Systems Definition

Smart Water Networks Digital Twin H2O Workgroup Summary of the May 14th 2019 Workshop

A Layered View of Smart Water Networks

PDF slides from SWAN Digital Twin H2O Workshop

Water accounting manual: For the calculation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s water footprint

Keeping accounts for groundwater sustainability

Groundwater Governance Q&A with Anita Milman | Water in the West

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