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Jim Lauria

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Who Says Oil and Water Don't Mix?

(11) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 10:39 AM

I'm heading down to Houston, Texas, on September 14 to the Texas-Israel Cleanovation Conference to speak on a panel about the energy-water nexus. Don't let the old expression fool you -- oil and water don't just mix, they're inseparable.

It's no secret that Texas has more than its...

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The Emotion of Wastewater

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 9:28 PM

I'm at the American Water Works Association conference in Washington, DC, this week, and was asked to nominate a water project for a LinkedIn water professionals' group list of the world's top water projects. As far as I'm concerned, there's one project that leads them all -- the...

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Texas-Sized Challenges Facing Lone Star State Water

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 4:04 PM

Over the past month or so, I've had the chance to speak in Texas twice on water issues -- at the Texas Rodeo and the Water Quality Association national conference -- and I'm back there again for the oil and gas industry's Offshore Technology Conference.

Each of these events...

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Celebrate World Water Day Every Day by Conserving Water

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 11:58 AM

March 22 is World Water Day, a great day to remind ourselves that nearly one billion people don't have access to safe drinking water... and that even those of us who do really ought to work harder to safeguard our most precious natural resource.

There are all sorts of great...

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Gospel From the World's Headwaters

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Watching the sun rise from the shores of the Sea of Galilee recently put me in a contemplative mood. After all, I was sitting at the headwaters of Judeo-Christian thought. Here's where Peter fished, where John baptized, and where Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 people with a handful of...

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A Valentine to Women Who Keep the Water Flowing

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 2:25 PM

As we men scramble to remember our sweethearts on this Valentine's Day, our thoughts tend to drift toward life's luxuries -- chocolates, roses and wine. But this Valentine's Day, I'm thinking about something much more fundamental -- water. Not just the water to refresh the roses, but the water that...

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When it Comes to Water, the Land Down Under Is Way on Top of the US

(14) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 3:05 PM

I recently traveled to Australia to address more than 100 water engineers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and I returned to the U.S. with a head full of important lessons. Our friends Down Under are light years ahead of the U.S. on some key water issues, and we need...

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Solving Our Water Problems Will Take Our Country Forward

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 11:12 AM

You can't turn on the computer, TV or radio lately without hearing some candidate or another - from any band of the political spectrum - promise to "take our country back." Frankly, I'd like to see them take our country forward.

There's one issue that will take our country...

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Water Management Lessons From an Unlikely Source

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 1:44 PM

The United States has a lot to learn from the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority. The underfunded utility dug the Cambodian capital's water infrastructure out of the rubble of Pol Pot's regime and now supplies fresh, clean water to Phnom Penh's 1.3 million residents, rich and poor. Delivery is...

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