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Presentation to the Geosynthetics 2013 Conference in Long Beach, April 1st, with the overview of water shortages and business challenges facing the US today.

Presentation to the Geosynthetics 2013 Conference in Long Beach, April 1st, with the overview of water shortages and business challenges facing the US today.

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  • Water: The New Green© 2013 Yudelson Associates JERRY YUDELSON • YUDELSON ASSOCIATES • TUCSON
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Key Take-Aways
  • Why Water?  Water: 21st century oil  Freshwater supply limited  Population/urban growth: creates large water footprint  Global climate change  Major droughts ahead  Water conservation — the law!© 2013 Yudelson Associates View slide
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Global Water Use View slide
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Water—21st Century Oil
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Our Watery Planet
  • Freshwater is inherently limited© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Freshwater supply is VERY limited© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Freshwater volumes
  • Water footprint of “stuff”© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Global Climate Change
  • Climate Change—The Largest Risk  When it comes to the future of water, "we are, on many levels, completely and totally hosed.”  The water cycle itself is changing.  As temperatures rise, evaporation and precipitation increase and the atmosphere holds more water.  ”Expect extreme extremes” and more conflicts over water.© 2013 Yudelson Associates - Jay Famiglietti, Director, UC Berkeley, Center for Hydrologic Modeling
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Water/Energy Nexus
  • Water Conservation vs. Water Efficiency© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Major droughts since 2006 U.S.  Atlanta  California  South/West Texas Australia  Every major city  Murray-Darling Basin© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Australia
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Australia—Actions
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Australia—Responses
  • Australia— Lessons Learned© 2013 Yudelson Associates Murray-Darling — Australia’s Largest River
  • Blue/Green Issues  Water shortages/droughts in many states  Financial/regulatory incentive programs work  Green certification programs such as LEED  Rising costs for water supply & sewage treatment  Stakeholder concerns  Political & regulatory changes© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Inhibiting Forces
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • What will the public sector DO?© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Actions Public Sector. . .
  • Conservation requires new pricing© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Private Sector Opportunities© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Long-term possibilities. . . Savings from agriculture— critical  NEWater reuse/recycling systems  New sub-specialties  Whole systems engineering Using the Cloud—  Irrigation  Monitoring  Sub-metering/reporting© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Where does this leave industry?© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Water Conservation— Agriculture© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Water Management Technology© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • Near-Term Business Opportunities© 2013 Yudelson Associates San Antonio River Walk
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Bringing Water Back…
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Australia— Sewer Mining
  • NEWater— Integrated Wastewater & Supply© 2013 Yudelson Associates Singapore Marina Barrage
  • Desalination . . . a last resort?© 2013 Yudelson Associates
  • The future is green and blue, but. . .© 2013 Yudelson Associates Spain Wins FIFA World Cup 2010
  • © 2013 Yudelson Associates Thank You!
  • @jerryyudelson greenbuildconsult.com/blog jerry@greenbuildconsult.com© 2013 Yudelson Associates DOWNLOAD Slideshare.net/yudelson