Groundwater, water held underground in the soil or rock, is one of California’s most precious and contentious resources. Due to California’s climate and long-lasting droughts, roughly 85% of California’s population and much of its $50 billion agriculture industry rely on groundwater, as opposed to surface water, as their main water source. In an attempt to…

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Groundwater pumps are an essential part of the California agriculture infrastructure. Across the state, 1 million pumps bring water from underground aquifers to the surface for agricultural water supply. Together, these pumps use over 7.7 terawatt hours of energy every year. That’s equivalent to % of California’s total annual electricity consumption. That much energy is…

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According to the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), “In 2012, approximately two-thirds of the continental U.S. was affected by chronic drought. Severe droughts are projected for the next several decades, impacting the nation’s communities and economy”. Some have come to call this the era of the megadrought in the Western US specifically. The region is…

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By Evan Thomas Access our new edited collaboration published by Springer, March 2016 In spite of good intentions, the fickle flow of funds for development engineering creates incentives for new projects, not the sustained delivery of services. The new Sustainable Development Goals were announced with fanfare by the United Nations in September 2015. And the intent of the…

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Social Enterprise Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Award Deploys Cellular and Satellite Sensors Improving Rural Water Service Delivery for a Million People September, 2017 Portland, Oregon and Nairobi, Kenya – Building on the rapid growth in cellular connectivity and access to mobile-enabled financial and energy services in Sub-Saharan Africa, SweetSense Inc. is harnessing the power of…

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