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December 13, 2007

South Florida Water Management District - South Florida Adopts One-Day-a-Week Watering - For the first time in the agency's history, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today declared an extreme District-wide water shortage, directly affecting more than five million South Florida residents and thousands of farms and businesses. >> more

November 30, 2007

Engineering News- German scientists develop water-recycling system - Device collects rainwater instead of channeling it away unused through the sewers. he resultant germ-free water meets German drinking-water standards. >> more

October 27, 2007

Associated Press - Spawl, rising temperatures expected to cause shortages in 36 states within 5 years - The government projects that at least 36 states will face water shortages within five years because of a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste and excess. "The need to reduce water waste and inefficiency is greater now than ever before," said Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency. "Water efficiency is the wave of the future.">> more

Mother Earth News - Wise Watering - Compared to your area’s native plants, most food-garden plants are amateurs at adapting to your local rainfall patterns, so they need help. Delivering water wisely means minimizing wasted water and wasted time. In more practical terms, it means anticipating your garden’s needs and setting priorities, having a conservation-based watering system in place, preserving water through mulching and finding innovative ways to work out the kinks in your garden’s water supply.>> more

October 21, 2007

New York Times - The Future is Drying Up - The steady decrease in mountain snowpack — the loss of the deep accumulation of high-altitude winter snow that melts each spring to provide the American West with most of its water — seems to be a more modest worry. But not all researchers agree with this ranking of dangers. Last May, for instance, Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the United States government’s pre-eminent research facilities, remarked that diminished supplies of fresh water might prove a far more serious problem than slowly rising seas. >> more

October 15, 2007

Brisbane Times - Australian Govt to close water carter loophole for rich - A loophole allowing wealthy householders to buy drinking water for use on their lawns and gardens will be closed by the NSW government. New water estrictions would not apply to supplies from water carters of recycled water, or water from sources outside of Sydney Water's area of operations. >> more

October 12, 2007

Environment Texas Research and Policy Center - Analysis of 2005 Clean Water Act Compliance - More than 57 percent of major facilities nationwide, or 3,600, exceeded their Clean Water Act limits at least once during calendar 2005. The report noted that waterways contaminated from major facilities often flow into drinking water sources. >> more

October 10, 2007

San Gabriel Tribune - Companies Asked to Conserve - Large customers including Miller, Azusa Pacific University and Northrop Grumman Corp., city officials and representatives from Azusa Light and Water stressed the importance of tightening the spigots. Weather experts said this so-called "wet" season has been the driest in recorded history, with the Los Angeles area receiving less than half its average rainfall. >> more

October 3, 2007

Santa Fe Reporter - Hosed - Wasting water in Santa Fe is never in season. A listing and article of the top 10 priviate and public water users in Santa Fe. >> more

September 27, 2007

New York Times Asia Edition - Beneath Booming Cities, China’s Future Is Drying Up- Hundreds of feet below ground, the primary water source for this provincial capital of more than two million people is steadily running dry. The underground water table is sinking about four feet a year. Municipal wells have already drained two-thirds of the local groundwater. >> more

September 18, 2007

Herald Tribune - Barrels conserve water and money - Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties are all encouraging the use of 55-gallon barrels to capture rainfall from gutters to be used for lawn and garden irrigation. Using rain barrels reduces storm-water runoff that can carry pollutants, pesticides and fertilizers into rivers, lakes, ground water and eventually drinking water supplies. >> more

September 3, 2007

BBC News - Humans "Affect Global Rainfall" - Human-induced climate change has affected global rainfall patterns over the 20th Century, a recent study suggests. The findings will be published in the scientific journal Nature. >> more

The Star - Going green in Guelph subdivision - A "green" house that has caught the attention of environmentalists, especially water conservation experts. The 2,700-square-foot, three-bedroom house looks much like its neighbours in the subdivision except for the 38,000-litre cistern buried in the backyard that pumps rainwater into the house's toilets, dishwasher and washing machine. >> more

September 2, 2007

Hawaii Tribune Herald - 'An evening of rainwater catchment' a hit in Keaau" - The recent rainwater conference held in Hawaii focused on the benefits of rainwater catchment systems as integrated solutions to community problems, including stormwater run-off, sanitation and green waste, landscape/community design, as well as water quality issues. >> more

September 1, 2007

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - City saving 1 million gallons daily - Recycled water maintains more than 230 acres of city parks, cemeteries and athletic fields. The water recycling program saves an average of one million gallons of water each day. In a year, the water savings could fill Granite Reservoir. >> more

August 9, 2007

The Tampa Tribune - Tampa Water Rates To Double - City Council today voted 6-0 to double residents' water bills by 2012. Mayor Pam Iorio pushed the measure, her second water rate increase since taking office in 2003. The council also voted 6-0 to lower reclaimed water rates in an attempt to encourage more people to sign up. >> more

August 6, 2007

News.com.au - Rainwater to fill public pool - Rainwater will be harvested from rooftops to fill an Olympic-sized public pool in Victoria in a groundbreaking project designed to save water. Water saving will be achieved by collecting rainwater from the roof of the centre and the roofs of a nearby basketball stadium and library. The water will then be diverted to a tank and used to top up pools, clean pool filters, flush toilets and for showers and landscape watering. >> more

August 3, 2007

American Water Works Association - Bill proposes National Infrastructure Bank - Cosponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2007 (S 1926) establishes a new method that the federal government can use to finance infrastructure projects. In that summary, Dodd and Hagel quoted the USEPA estimating that repairs to obsolete drinking water and wastewater systems need as much as $151 billion and $390 billion respectively every year over the next 20 years. >> more

August 2, 2007

EPA - EPA to test thousands of environmental chemicals - EPA's National Center for Computational Toxicology released a list of 340 chemicals that will be evaluated under Phase I of the ToxCastTM research program. This three-phased program sets priorities for toxicity testing of environmental chemicals in order to more efficiently obtain critical information necessary to protect people and the environment. >> more

July 30, 2007

ABC News - A Megadrought Could Cause Social Conflicts Over Water, Energy, Immigration - A recent heatwave in the Southwest is a reminder that global warning is well underway. Scientists at Columbia and Princeton universities have used computer models to predict a permanent drought that will persist for up to 90 years in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. >> more

July 20, 2007

San Francisco Sentinel - Know a Water Hero - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined leaders from Bay Area water agencies to unveil an unprecedented regional public education campaign aimed at reminding residents and businesses to curb water use this summer and fall. >> more

July 20, 2007

US Environmental Protection Agency - Know A Water Efficiency Leader? - EPA is accepting nominations for the 2007 Water Efficiency Leader (WEL) Awards to recognize organizations and individuals that demonstrate leadership and innovation in water efficient- products and practices. Winners will be chosen by a panel of national water experts and based on three criteria: leadership, innovation, and water saved. >> more

July 11, 2007

North County Times - Rebate for Turf - Board members of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to immediately offer homeowners a "modest" rebate to install synthetic turf, a conservation measure that could dramatically cut outdoor water use, which makes up 50 percent to 70 percent of residential water use. >> more

Frost & Sullivan Report - U.S. Water Recycling and Reuse Systems Markets Growing - Water recycling and reuse is gaining popularity in the United States due to the growing demand for water in industries and municipal applications like agricultural irrigation, lawn watering, and other non-potable applications. Increase in population and the growing economy are further putting enormous strain on the existing freshwater resources. >> more

July 2, 2007

TheStar.com - L.A.'s record-setting drought - History will show that from July 1 of 2006 to June 30 of this year, only 81 millimetres (3.21 inches) of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles – the lowest precipitation level since records started being kept in the 1880s. Other cities around the region also set all-time records. >> more

June 29, 2007

The Tampa Tribune - Cuts in Reclaimed Water Rates To Promote Use Proposed - The city wants to lower reclaimed water rates in an attempt to persuade people to hook up to the system. Propose rates would be $1.20 per 748 gallons of reclaimed water. The existing price is $1.34. New water rates would range would be $1.18 to $1.38 per 748 gallons. Those who use more water pay more. >> more

June 27, 2007

KIPLINGER FORECASTS - Water Scarcity Will Change How We Live and Work - Get used to living with less water -- at home and at work. And it's not just about being better stewards of the environment. It has more to do with limited supply. Learning to save water for a nonrainy day will be crucial; to help smooth out dips in supply. >> more

U.S. News & World Report - Why You Should Worry About Water - Cover story on the current state of water in the US with side stories on how to easily conserve; the state of water around the globe; how disease has been transported by water in the past; Las Vegas, Nevada's grab for more water; waters power to work and create energy and several others. Very informative. >> more

June 25, 2007

WaterSaver Technologies LLC Introduces AQUS™ Water Saving Device - The AQUS™, enables you to save water by capturing graywater that would normally go down the drain. Captured water is cleaned, disinfected, and distributed into toilet bowls…users experience water savings each time they flush a toilet! Possible water savings of up to 5,000 gallons a year in an average household are possible with this new device. >> more

June 23, 2007

Mainichi Daily News - Water Shortages Feared Across Japan - The level of water in the Sameura Dam in Kochi Prefecture had declined to 31.6 percent of its capacity by midnight on Wednesday, as compared with the normal level of 86.5 percent for this season. The water shortage is attributed to little rain in winter and spring. In particular, areas along the Sea of Japan coast had the least rain and snow since observations started in the 1961-62 winter. >> more

June 20, 2007

The Birmingham News - Jail Time Possible for Watering - Under the restrictions approved unanimously by the council, most outdoor water use - including washing cars by hand and using sprinklers - is prohibited. Fines of as much as $500 and jail sentences as long as six months for those who violate the city's water ban. >> more

June 9, 2007

Las Vegas Review Journal - Lake Mead Could Go Dry in 10 Years - Bradley Udall, director of an environmental research institute connected to the University of Colorado, said Lake Mead's 14 million acre-feet of water, or about 4.5 trillion gallons, isn't being replaced as fast as it is being used. "At the current rate of use, Lake Mead has 10 years of water left in it," he said. >> more

May 24, 2007

News12 Augusta, GA - Georgia Working on Water Conservation Plan - With each day passing and no rainfall in sight, drought conditions continue to worsen across Georgia. All but six counties in the state are now in an extreme or severe drought. The proposal is still in its early stages, but it's a long-term plan that Georgia's state environmental planners say will help conserve and manage the state's water supply during drought conditions. >> more

May 23, 2007

USA Today - Investors Profit in Search for Clean H2o - Three funds in search of profits from lack of clean water: The PowerShares Water Resources, Claymore Fund, and First Trust ISE Water Index Fund. The oldest of the funds has gained 28% since December 2005.

USGS - Pharmaceuticals Found in Soil - Many areas of the Nation are faced with water shortages due to significant demand for water. As a result, supplies are being augmented with treated wastewater. In a recent study it was found that pharmaceuticals in wastewater used for irrigation persist in soil for several months after the irrigation stopped. >> more

May 15, 2007 11

EyeWitness News - Mandatory Water Restrictions Go into Effect - Dry conditions have forced Chatham County, North Carolina officials to implement mandatory water restrictions. >> more

May 11, 2007

Palm Beach Post - Watering Down to One Day a Week - The strictest water limits in South Florida's history will take effect Wednesday, allowing just one day a week for sprinkler use in Palm Beach and Broward counties. The A drought could extend to the summer of 2008. >> more

May 8, 2007

Check out EPA's WaterSense program and World Water Center added to the Resource section. >> more

May 5, 2007

The News Tribune - Milton, WA May Adopt Year Round Restrictions - The city, which straddles Pierce and King counties, is the only water system in Washington to enact restrictions so far this year, a state water specialist said. >> more

May 1, 2007

Reuters - CA water officials urge conservation - Water in the state's snowpack is at its lowest level in almost 20 years and officials called for conservation and more water storage "As we experience climate change and the resulting lower annual snow packs, it is critical that we increase the amount of runoff captured by building additional water storage facilities," Gov. Schwarzenegger said in a statement. >> more

CBS4Denver -7 States Submit Colorado River Water Sharing Plan - Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming filed a plan with the Interior Department on Monday aimed at divvying up scarce water resources during drought. Officials said the long-debated pact would protect 30 million people who depend on the river for drinking water. >> more

April 22, 2007

Consumer Reports - WATER FILTERS Simple, effective options - A review of various water filters options. Included in the review are carafe, counter-top, and undersink models that could be used in conjunction with a rainwater harvesting system. The article lists typical minerals and chemicals that each system removes. >> more

April 19, 2007

Macon.com - Entire state of Georgia faces tighter water restrictions Georgia "has been in a persistent and progressive drought condition since last June," said Carol Couch, director of the state Environmental Protection Division in a news release. The conservation restrictions focus on residential watering because as much as 60 percent of summer household water use is outside, according to the EPD. >> more

April 13, 2007

Miami Herald - Water Restrictions may go year round State emergency managers, monitoring a potentially catastophic drought, are moving to extend water restrictions year-round, but warn that it may not be enough to avert disaster. ''It's a bit of uncharted territory we're in,'' said Fugate, whose agency directs recovery efforts after natural catastrophes. ``You're going to start crossing a line. The decision, quite honestly, isn't going to be to reduce a little bit. It's going to be who is not going to get any water.'' >> more

April 11, 2007

insideBayArea.com - Conserve water now, or else More than 2 million Bay Area residents today will be told to cut their water use 10 percent by June or face the kind of mandatory water restrictions that the area hasn't seen in 15 years. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is 46 percent of normal — the lowest this time of year since 1990. Meanwhile, rainfall totals around the Bay Area are barely half of normal for this time of the year, and the rainy season is nearly over. >> more

April 8, 2007

SearNet - Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet) is a regional body set up to promote rainwater harvesting especially in eastern and southern Africa. Its mission is to network among its member associations within the region for the promotion of rainwater harvesting and utilization. New resource link

April 4, 2007

Miami Herald - Tighten the tap: Record cutbacks coming In the coming days, canals and ponds in western suburbs will drop fast and shallow ones may dry up. In weeks, municipal wells near the coast -- particularly in Broward County -- could pump water too salty to drink. In months, wetlands may wither and Lake Okeechobee could recede to the lowest point since the dike was built around it more than 70 years ago"This is one of the worst droughts we have ever seen," water district Executive Director Carol Ann Wehle was quoted as saying. >> more

April 2, 2007

Dallas, TX - The recent flooding rains have had little effect on water levels in North Texas, and consequently, water restrictions went into effect in Dallas.According to the city, lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or when there has been any form of precipitation. The city also asks that that residents keep their sprinkler systems from running into driveways, sidewalks or streets.The restrictions began April 1 and will remain in effect through the end of October. Violators could face a fine up to $2,000. >> See Dallas Water Conservation to learn more

Water Efficiency - Stormwater Harvesting A Project Survey Harvesting stormwater runoff is becoming an option in dry climates. The impetus for these harvesting projects varies, from developing alternative sources of water and safeguarding existing supplies to intercepting pollutants before they reach critical receiving waters. The aim is to mimic natural cycles that have been short-circuited by development, particularly the hardscaping of naturally permeable surfaces. The Commonwealth Urban Stormwater Initiative and Clean Seas Program, developed a stormwater harvesting facility next door at the Parafield general aviation airport. A 28-acre, 4,000-acre catchment site drains almost 4,000 acres and is designed to capture one year’s worth of stormwater—800,000 gallons—from an average rainfall of 19 inches a year. The stormwater is diverted via a weir in the main airport drain, and then to a 50-megaliter-capacity, in-stream capture basin. From there the water is pumped to a similar-capacity holding basin from which it gravity-flows to a 2-hectare constructed wetlands. Over the course of seven to 10 days, the wetlands reduce nutrient and pollutant loads by up to 90%. The resulting water meets Australian drinking-water standards and has less than 220 milligrams per liter salinity. The final product is either supplied directly to end users or injected directly into an underground aquifer for storage. The project is expected to eventually harvest 2.43 acre-feet per year. Cost to customers will be half that of potable water. >> more

World Water Day, March 22nd, 2007 - The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The Water for Life Decade 2005-2015 will give a high profile to implementing water-related programmes and the participation of women. The UN hopes that the Decade will boost the chances of achieving international water-related goals and the United Nations Millennium Declaration.Get educated, get involved >> more

March 06, 2007

CanWest News Service VICTORIA — B.C. residents should pay more for keeping their drinking water clean and safe, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall said today.Drinking water rates should reflect the true, long-term costs of water treatment, distribution and water system monitoring, Kendall said at a press conference to release his report Progress on the Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water in B.C.>> more

February 21, 2007

Climate Assessment for the Southwest Wednesday, the Climate Assessment for the Southwest predicted that the West will have a warmer than average spring and summer.As the climate continues to change, New Mexico could see more droughts - and more heavy rainfall and flash floods, says Charlie Liles, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. "Most of the models suggest the extremes in weather will increase," Liles continues, and "the droughts will probably be more intense, but I don't know that we can say they'll be more frequent. Of course, those same models indicate extremes in wet weather may increase as well. But as the climate continues to change, the state could see more droughts - and more heavy rainfall and flash floods. Liles says, "People, will just have to adapt as the changes come". >> more

February 18, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle The real cost of bottled water More than 1 billion plastic water bottles end up in the California's trash each year, taking up valuable landfill space, leaking toxic additives, such as phthalates, into the groundwater and taking 1,000 years to biodegrade. That means bottled water may be harming our future water supply.Americans bottle water addiction consumes more than 47 million gallons of oil, enough to take 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, according to the Container Recycling Institute. >> more

February 14, 2007

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Two billion people will be without water ROME, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- In less than 20 years, close to two billion people will be without water and two thirds of the world will not have enough water, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned here on Wednesday. One way to deal with water scarcity is through farming-related techniques that harvest more rainfall, reduce waste in irrigation and increase productivity, and in changes in crop and dietary choices, Steduto added. “Water has a major impact on the capacity of people everywhere to improve their lives,” says Pasquale Steduto, Chief of FAO’s Water, Development and Management Unit. “In many regions, farmers trying to produce enough food and income face the added challenges of repeated droughts and competition for water.” >> more

February 9, 2007

The Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque saves 100 billion gallons of water
The city has conserved 100 billion gallons of water since 1994 through water conservation efforts. The amount saved for the city was estimated to be about three years worth of water for all customers served by the authority.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority offered rebates to customers who installed water-efficient toilets and to those who landscaped with native plants that required little water. The authority also enforced fines for customers who were caught watering sidewalks, forced all new construction projects to install low-flow fixtures, and made large water users develop conservation plans. New conservation measures are in the works including more rebates, a law requiring any home up for sale to have low-flow fixtures, and a program that will target water leaks. The amount saved for the city was estimated to be about three years worth of water for all customers served by the authority >> more

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