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Why Water Conservation Is Only a Small Part of the Solution

by Jann Lau, Market Analyst at Organica Water

Water Conservation, Meat The Truth

Our Earth has a finite amount of water and an arguably finite amount of usable land (save for land reclamation activities and the effects of climate change). Raising animals for food (including land used for grazing and land used to grow feed crops) currently uses a staggering 30% of the Earth’s land mass, equivalent to an area greater than North and South America combined! Of all the agricultural land in the United States, 80% is used to raise animals for food and grow grain to feed those same animals. And nearly 50% of all the water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. Continue reading

Can You Find the Differences Between the Pictures?

by Ágnes Juhász, Sales Coordinator at Organica Water

As a World Water Day event, we have visited an Organica-powered wastewater treatment facility with a class of 12-years-old children. They draw us pictures before and after the visit. We have already shared their before pictures in a previous blog post, and here comes the after ones.

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Do You Know More than a 12-Year Old?

by Ágnes Juhász, Sales Coordinator at Organica Water

I bet you already know that we should drink approximately 2 liters of water per day to hydrate our bodies. But that is just a small fraction of the daily 200 – 400 liters per person consumed (depending upon local conditions and cultural norms)  to bathe, brush your teeth, flush the toilet, cook dinner, wash the dishes and the laundry, clean the house, water the garden and so on.

Many societies take it for granted that when we open the tap, clean water comes out, we use it and then it “disappears” in the sink. The cleaning process before and after is invisible, therefore the general public has little understanding of where this wastewater (we prefer “used water” as it shouldn’t be wasted!) goes…It is out of sight and out of mind.

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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