Lady Freethinker

Lady Freethinker is ‘a nonprofit media organization with the mission of achieving a free and compassionate world – for every species.’

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Lessons from the sewers

In 1775, London watchmaker Alexander Cumming patented the S-bend. It was a beautifully simple solution to containing sewer smells in the sewer.

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Dam it

The building of dams often has consequences downstream. No more so than in the case of Ethiopia’s flagship dam – the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The water will power the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa at 6,450 MW, making it the 7th largest in the world. The river? The Blue Nile.

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Kevin Starling appointed non-executive director at i2O

i2O, the smart water network solutions company, today announced that Kevin Starling has joined the i2O board as a non-executive director.

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A water shortage – in Sweden?

Drought isn’t something you’d associate with a Northern European country like Sweden. You might, rightly or wrongly, have some other stereotypes in mind like blond hair, Volvos and Abba.

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Earthquake

Mexico has suffered a series of earthquakes recently, of magnitudes 5.7, 6.1 and 7.1 with the number of people killed numbering in the hundreds.

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False alarms

How many false alarms do you get from monitoring equipment on your treatment works and distribution network? How many times are alarms cancelled with no need for further action? How often are you woken in the night by a car alarm going off? All too often, no doubt.

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i2O extends global sales force reach with eight hires in six months

i2O, the smart water network solutions company, today announced that it has completed a major investment in new talent and a tripling in the size of its global sales force since the beginning of the year. New i2O sales and client support staff are now in place in Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, […]

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Poor water management in the Middle East

A new World Bank report puts a figure on the cost of poor water management in the Middle East and North Africa at $21bn a year. It says that of all the challenges the Middle East and North Africa faces, it is least prepared for water crises. This is set against a background of increasing […]

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The S in SCADA isn’t for Secure

The S in SCADA stands for Supervisory, not Secure. An article in the Harvard Business Review entitled ‘Smart Cities Are Going to Be a Security Nightmare‘ points out that SCADA systems are particularly susceptible to frequent hacks due to poor security protocols, and a lack of cryptographic security and authentication factors. This is largely because […]

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The politics of water

Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico is the title of a new book by Veronica Herrera, assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. At $75 it’s not cheap; it’s not exactly a thriller; and 8 cities in Mexico may not be a large enough sample size. But the book […]

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i2O ships 15,000th smart data logger

i2O, the smart water network solutions company, today announced that it has shipped its 15,000th data logger. The device, built by i2O engineers at its assembly centre in Woolston, Southampton, has been shipped to Chile in a batch of loggers that will be used to monitor water pressure and flow in one of the country’s […]

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