Daniel Moss

Caption: The Latin American Confederation of Water and Sanitation Community Organizations (CLOCSAS), recently celebrated eight years of protecting and strengthening community water systems that serve millions of urban and rural water drinkers. By Daniel Moss Water providers, essential to quenching our daily thirst, usually aren’t household names, their logo swooshed across a baseball cap. If...

By Daniel Moss Thirsting for solutions to an exploding water crisis, there's much talk about water reuse. At a recent conference of Mexican water distributors, two starkly different strategies were on display. In one scenario - causing some noses to wrinkle - consumers are asked to drink chemically-treated wastewater that has been re-injected into aquifers. In the other, they slake their thirst on water that's been used, but generally only by ecosystems filtering water over time. Conjuring up prehistory, International Water Association Board Member Daniel Nolasco, described this re-used water as “dinosaur pee”....

Water providers, essential to quenching our daily thirst, usually aren't household names, their logo swooshed across a baseball cap. If we think of them at all, it might be a big city utility. And yet, many urban neighborhoods, and vast stretches of rural areas, are served by tiny, often invisible community operators. In Latin America alone, over 145,000 small community operators serve 70,000,000 people. They are making good – or at least trying to - on the human right to water and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals....

By Daniel Moss When a relentless sun parches the landscape and dries water sources to a dangerous and unhealthy trickle, who’s supposed to pay the repair bill? It’s not so much the water bill itself that’s the trouble – most people will pay a fair price for good quality water if they can afford it...

New York City and Boston’s watershed management programs preserve rural landscapes while providing clean water to urban areas By Daniel Moss Environmental disasters that ooze from man’s follies make headlines. But what about the environmental serendipities from careful planning? The unexpected habitats where souls and eagles soar from a protected swamp? Some of those wild...

By Daniel Moss Arturo Quevedo, the engineer responsible for the watershed protection program for Loja, Ecuador’s municipal water agency, has a kind demeanor. His slightly crooked front teeth are prominent beneath his moustache as he waxes ebullient about clean water percolating through forested slopes, coursing through pipes, and hydrating Loja’s children. But don’t let the...

By Daniel Moss The verdict is in: don’t spend another penny on bottled water in Boston. That city, derided in the 1960s song “Dirty Water,” came out on top of the 2014 “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test. The honor was particularly fitting since 11,000 water professionals had descended on Boston for the...