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The Global Water Machine

In the north-west part of India,  a city that holds a research center and it is funded by the NWO. (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). It is centering its focus on the idea that as society grows, the water availability grows more scarce. Farmers are fighting over the scarce water resources they have with the elite in larger cities. These groups have been given the opportunity to cooperate because growing cities require a lot of resources. More often than not will end up utilizing all their resources and also some of the nearby town’s resources. The area in between these towns is called a peri-urban area.

Cooperating with the Corporate water machine

This is where the cooperation factor comes in. The people in the chain of command end up going to these peri-urban areas and begin peri-urbanization. Peri-urbanization is the footprint that gets left behind when they collect resources from the peri-urban areas. The elite built factories which create a larger cost than they can pay, and the costs fall on the peri-urban towns. Some towns don’t take this too well because they can’t afford it. The city reaps the benefits and the town is left without as many resources. This also happened in California but on a much larger scale.

Weak Water Machines

Large water companies like Dasani are taking water supplies from the peri-urban areas to give to the city, and the rest of the world, while the state of California was left in a drought with continually diminishing water supplies. Most of the time it is due to weak institutions and government. A good example of weak institutions and government is example from India as well as Desani.

Water Machine

Taking the Necessary Precautions

Restrictions are placed on the clean water supplies. As a result, waste water is used for the farmer’s crops. There are many downsides to this for the farmers. Farmers must take special precautions to divert the ill effects of the wastewater. They put mustard oil and apply it to their open skin that would touch it when they are out tending to their fields. As a result, they are not affected as badly by the waist water.

Water From Air

Innovation

The farmers are entitled to the wastewater because they contribute crops to the city that are acquired from using the waste water. Citizens around the area, who do not farm, are allowed to use the water without repercussions because of the fact that it is a waste. The restriction to the amount of use isn’t strict because it’s waist. These wastewater canals are called runnels. The runnels divert the water into a furrow, and then into a synthetic pond formed by the farmers, also known as a stockpile of water. This is one one way they have used to lessen the impact of the changing of weather patterns and deduction of water from their supply channels. Another way that farmers are adapting to their inability to know if their crops will grow is they can grow new crops that will still be able to be sustained in the changing environment.

Change of Circumstances

These new crops are wheat and paddy. The problem with this changing environment is that a lot of this waste water is spilling over into the other farmer’s crops which is leading to the application of this wastewater on their crops as well. Leading to them growing the same plants. These peri-urban areas are highly adaptive and are able to innovate to their surroundings. because they adapt to their surroundings like this, it creates the understanding that it is possible to generate water despite the circumstances.

WaterShed Conservation

Another instance of urban areas using its own resources to reduce the impact of their own footprint on the water supply is in Brazil. The Brazilian beach site in Balneario Camboriu is a large tourist destination in the summer. Hense it has the ability to houses over 800,000 people. To solve their water supply problem they planted forests throughout the destination where that water is being sourced, therefore the soil below doesn’t erode, the cost of water treatment is lessened and water losses are lowered. This is a good example of areas outside of the larger populated areas innovating to lessen the impact of their ecological footprint.

Water Machine

Lessening the Impact of our Water Use

Imagine if the peri-urban areas outside the capital of India used a similar water processing method, trees. They could lessen the impact of wastewater on their skin and crops. The second article, about the Brazilian Beach, describes some calculations that they came up with. The costs from untested water on the people’s skin before the trees planted and after were tested. The results were that the trees naturally cleaned the water. The costs were completely offset by the benefits of source water protection through water treatment methods by natural resources in 1 out of 6 cities surveyed. Meaning that people paid less to treat the water than they did after being affected by it.

Atmospheric Water Generator

Using a water Machine for atmospheric water generation to create water from air

Lessening the Impact of our Water Use

Imagine if the peri-urban areas outside the capital of India used a similar water processing method, trees. They could lessen the impact of wastewater on their skin and crops. The second article, about the Brazilian Beach, describes some calculations that they came up with. The costs from untested water on the people’s skin before the trees planted and after were tested. The results were that the trees naturally cleaned the water. The costs were completely offset by the benefits of source water protection through water treatment methods by natural resources in 1 out of 6 cities surveyed. Meaning that people paid less to treat the water than they did after being affected by it.

Sources

Narain, vishal. “Veins to the City, or Veins of the Countryside? Recognizing Rural-Urban Water Flows in Water Resources Planning.” Global Water Forum, Management Development Institute, 22 May 2017, www.globalwaterforum.org/2017/05/22/veins-to-the-city-or-veins-of-the-countryside-recognizing-rural-urban-water-flows-in-water-resources-planning/.

shemie, daniel, et al. “Brazilian Water Company Case Demonstrates Return on Investment for Natural Solutions.” Global Water Forum, The Nature Conservancy, 10 Apr. 2017, www.globalwaterforum.org/2017/04/10/brazilian-water-company-case-demonstrates-return-on-investment-for-natural-solutions/.

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