Thoughts and perspectives on waterwise technologies for a water-prosperous future

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Tad Kuang Si, Laos (image: Guillame Broust)

Water is constantly in an eternal cycle. It’s movement and what it sustains is celebrated in countries across the world. When you think about it, we are in water’s hands and it’s influence, as it shapes not only our lives but all ecologies on Earth. How often do you think about where your water comes from, how it’s treated before it gets to your home, and where it goes once you’re done with it? Nearly half the global population is already living in water-scarce areas for at least one month per year — in other words, at some point over the course of a year 3.9 …

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In 1915, the South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association was formed in Philadelphia to promote the commercial development of 9th Street between Catherine and Federal Streets and its neighboring merchants on 8th and 10th Streets. During this time, the thought was to create an organization to support the merchants and facilitate a memorable experience for all their visitors. Fast forward to today, where the area known as the Italian Market on East Passayunk Avenue continues to thrive along with the support of the South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association.

This is not the only organization that supports it now, though. With the evolution of hardware and software that brings consumers smartphones, companies have formed in recent years to further benefit areas such as the Italian Market with extensions on mobile platforms. For example, I can request a courier to pick up some fresh vegetables for me at Michael Anastasio Produce so that once I am home for dinner I will have something to cook. If it were not for an online service such as this, perhaps I would not have stopped there myself for groceries. As one could imagine, services such as this have largely benefitted both businesses and consumers by creating an online platform for increased amounts of commerce. The food and grocer industry is not the only one positively affected by this idea, as transportation, arts, and even physical therapy have had platforms created to boost commerce in their respective sectors. An intriguing industry that has potential to benefit from platform marketplaces and increased commerce is travel and tourism. …


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