Science and Technology
Scientists from Australia’s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training are investigating how water moves through dense layers of rock to form and recharge aquifers, PhysOrg reported. The researchers hope that their work will improve the management of groundwater resources, which face extreme pressure in Australia and around the world.
A new type of smart meter would allow users to track their water use in real-time and compare it to their neighbors’ usage, Mashable reported. The meter’s designer said it is meant to make people think about water use throughout the day.
Transboundary rivers in China and Kazakhstan are under increasing pressure from development, but an international management agreement between the two countries is proceeding slowly, Radio Free Asia reported. Kazakhstan and Russia are concerned about the consequences of China’s industrial development projects in Xinjiang.
A $US 35.5 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank will help improve water utilities in Haiti, targeting leaky infrastructure and illegal water connections, the Associated Press reported. The funds will focus on water systems in Port-au-Prince.