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Water & Technology Conference Focuses on Drought Challenges, Solutions

About 300 people, including farmers, elected officials, business owners and students, attended the 2014 Water and Technology Conference in Clovis. The organizers from Fresno State who put together this event say they hope the university will take a lead role in identifying water challenges and solutions in the Central Valley.
The 2014 Water and Technology Conference was put on by Fresno State's International Center for Water and Technology and BlueTech Valley.
The 2014 Water and Technology Conference was put on by Fresno State's International Center for Water and Technology and BlueTech Valley.

Water challenges and solutions in a drought year were the focus of the 2014 Water and Technology conference in Clovis Thursday.

About 300 community members, including farmers, elected officials and students, attended the event put on by Fresno State's International Center for Water and Technology (ICWT) and BlueTech Valley.

Water flowing from the shower is one of the top ways people waste this scarce resource around the home.

Water worries have prompted business owners, such as David Malcolm, to design products that help conserve water. His product, a low-flow showerhead, does just that.

"It uses a lot less water. We're down to a gallon and a half a minute with this showerhead," said David Malcolm, owner of HighSierra ShowerHeads.

His product was one of many gadgets at the conference, where 47 vendors showed their products.

At the conference, a mix of community members gathered to identify water challenges and solutions in the Central Valley.

"Fresno State is trying to take a leading role in the water issues in the Central Valley, not just with agriculture, but urban, environmental, disadvantaged communities, water supplies--all things that affect the standard of life here," says David Zoldoske, director of the ICWT.

Fresno State students, such as Allyson Blayney, got to present their projects at the conference.

Her senior project is a design for an edible landscape on campus to make the most efficient use of water resources.

"So it takes the drought tolerant idea of conserving water in the landscape and takes it a step further with being able to harvest water back out of the produce that you get from the landscape," Blayney said.

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