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10 Interesting Things You Should Know on World Water Day

For the past 22 years, March 22 has been celebrated as World Water Day.

Every year on this day, the United Nations seeks to celebrate water and bring awareness to a specific aspect of water. This year’s theme, “Water and Sustainable Development”, highlights water’s role in the sustainable development agenda.

Here are 10 interesting things you should know on World Water Day this year:

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Infrastructure: In Sight, Out of Mind

by Jann Lau, Market Analyst at Organica Water

Out of sight, out of mind. It is said that if you don’t see something frequently, you will forget about it. Ironically, we see infrastructure everywhere. Roads, bridges, dams, sewers, electrical grids, and telecommunication towers are all around us and represent the backbone of growth and productivity. Yet it is this very prevalence of infrastructure that causes us to take it for granted. We give little thought to the infrastructure around us so long as it works. It is only when infrastructure fails and something “exciting” happens that interrupts our lives do we give it our attention. The ensuing scramble usually results in only stop-gap solutions, to the detriment of a properly planned long-term resolution. Continue reading

Making ‘IT’ Work

By Dennis Hamaker, IT Services Director of Organica Water


In today’s world we have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting the right ERP platform to support the business. Making the right choice on  the infrastructure, understanding the possibilities and restrictions long term, and making sure we do take advantage of technology when it becomes available is not a challenge, it’s rather an attitude. Continue reading

Transparency for All

by Ari Raivetz, CEO of Organica Water

When I came in as CEO of Organica Water in October 2011, one of the things I started doing was sending a “weekly update” email out to the entire staff.  As we are a rapidly growing global business, the primary goal was to promote cross-department and cross-geographic transparency… to answer the question “what is everyone else working on?”  In addition, given the long sales cycles typical in our industry, wins can be few and far between.  However there are A LOT of “little” battles along the way that in the end add up to signed contracts, so the weekly was intended to recognize these successes and instill a sense of pride in our accomplishments given how hard the team is working every day.  Continue reading

You Probably Didn’t Know How Much It Really Costs to Get the Poo into Bill Gates’ Glass

by Ari Raivetz, CEO of Organica Water

A few weeks ago Bill Gates published an article about an ingenious machine that turns “poo” (actually, it’s commonly referred to as wastewater, sewage, or other generally negative labels) into drinking water. The article went “viral,” with more than 2.7 million (and counting) views of the related video. In case you missed it, you can catch it here.

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The Connection between Water Reuse and Nutrient Recovery

by Matthew Kuzma, Vice President – Business Development of Organica Water

I ran across an interesting article recently, generally about use of reclaimed water for irrigation, but also tying in nutrient management and recovery. Water reuse and nutrient recovery happens to be two areas where I have spent most of my career. It’s a short article, making a simple connection between issues of water and nutrients, but also raises plenty of potential to provide even wider benefits (lowering infrastructure costs, water reclamation costs, and energy demand). Continue reading

Leveling the Playing Field

by Ari Raivetz, CEO of Organica Water

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

– Richard Buckminster Fuller


When I started in the water sector seven years ago, it was primarily because of everything I read about the lack of clean drinking water, and a desire to help make things better. But when I dove into the data I was amazed by the number of people in the world that lack access to basicwastewater treatment. Continue reading