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Meet the mom who helped expose Flint's toxic water nightmare

Meet the mom who helped expose Flint's toxic water nightmare | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
LeeAnne Walters' tap water tested at 27 times the EPA limit for lead. The city offered her a garden hose.
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In February, at Walters' urging, the city sent an employee to test the water coming from her taps. A few days later, she received a voice mail from the water department, warning her to keep her kids away from the water. "You know when somebody calls and you can just hear the panic in their voice? It was that," Walters recalled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there's no safe level of lead in drinking water. The maximum concentration allowed by law is 15 parts per billion. The Walters' tap water measured nearly 400 ppb.

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Californians warned to keep conserving water despite heavy rains

Californians warned to keep conserving water despite heavy rains | Understanding Water | Scoop.it

State officials tell residents not to revert back to pre-drought habits even after parade of storms from strong El Niño weather system

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Drinking Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan, Prompts Federal Investigation - NBC News

Drinking Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan, Prompts Federal Investigation - NBC News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it

NBC News has learned that just $100 a day was all it would have taken to avoid Flint, Michigan's toxic water crisis, which has poisoned children with dangerously high lead levels.

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Watching this, but I still cannot believe it.

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How Much Of America Is In A Drought?

The drought in California has attracted much attention, but America’s water shortages spread even farther. Which other U.S. states are also running out of wa...
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California Drought Keeps Water Delivery Companies Busy

California Drought Keeps Water Delivery Companies Busy | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The drought is causing wells to run dry for many California homeowners. Many are now relying on water delivery companies. Those companies are busy trying to keep up with demand.
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In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined in Drought, While the Rich Soak

In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined in Drought, While the Rich Soak | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The contrast between strict enforcement on some struggling to conserve water and unchecked profligacy in places like Bel Air has unleashed anger and indignation.
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Climate change: Did it contribute to conflict in Syria? - CNN.com

Climate change: Did it contribute to conflict in Syria? - CNN.com | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Two Degrees: A CNN reader asks whether the Syrian war and refugee crisis may have been triggered in part by drought and climate change.
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Let's talk root causes. What happens when food and water are scarce?

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Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
“Field trials show a so-called "drinkable book" can kill bacteria in drinking water, thanks to metal nanoparticles embedded in its pages.”
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Worry feeds water-crisis reactions - Toledo Blade

Worry feeds water-crisis reactions - Toledo Blade | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
“Worry and anger can motivate people to keep buying bottled water for weeks, even months, after a crisis involving their community’s tap water is resolved.”
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California drought forces agency to rethink West’s water system

California drought forces agency to rethink West’s water system | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As snow disappears, experts say the Bureau of Reclamation — created in 1902 — must completely rebuild a 20th-century infrastructure so that it can efficiently conserve and distribute water in a 21st-century warming world.
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“We have to think differently,” said Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Reclamation. “It’s not enough just to conserve water. We need to rethink these projects. We have a lot of infrastructure, but a lot of it doesn’t work very well anymore. We need to undertake what amounts to a giant re-plumbing project across the West.”

 

Connor said that in the future, the nation’s water agency would have to put climate change at the center of its mission.

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AmCan proposes drought surcharge for water customers - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register

AmCan proposes drought surcharge for water customers - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
AMERICAN CANYON — Facing a $3 million deficit in its water budget, American Canyon could become the first city in Napa County to add a drought surcharge to local water
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Nanaimo, Parksville increase water restriction to highest level during drought ... - Vancouver Sun

Nanaimo, Parksville increase water restriction to highest level during drought ... - Vancouver Sun | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Two jurisdictions on Vancouver Island and two in the Fraser Valley have increased water restrictions, as a drought continues on the island and water levels at reservoirs begin to drop.
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Jerry Dobrovolny, acting general manager of engineering at the City of Vancouver, expressed concern Thursday.

“Our water reserves are depleting much faster than normal,” he said, speaking on the parched yellowing lawn at City Hall. “I don’t want to create an alarm, but this is serious.”

 

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In Face Of Drought, Golf Tries To Reduce Water Use | Inside Science

In Face Of Drought, Golf Tries To Reduce Water Use | Inside Science | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Grasses that survive on salty water and smart irrigation systems are among many new golf innovations.
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India: 'World’s wettest place' suffers water shortage

India: 'World’s wettest place' suffers water shortage | Understanding Water | Scoop.it

Climate change, population increase set off water shortages in what was once the wettest place on earth.

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United Nations Development Programme - No Water, No Life on Exposure

United Nations Development Programme - No Water, No Life on Exposure | Understanding Water | Scoop.it

Cambodia is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially its flood-prone rural areas, which are among the poorest in the country.

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Is desalination the future of drought relief in California? | PBS NewsHour

Is desalination the future of drought relief in California? | PBS NewsHour | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
San Diego is set to soon start supplying itself with millions of gallons a day of fresh, drinkable water, using saltwater from the Pacific Ocean, converted by a brand new desalination plant. As California's historic drought continues, the plant will likely intensify the debate over the role of desalination may play in the state's water supply. Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports.
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Water-wasting rules may continue after California drought ends

Water-wasting rules may continue after California drought ends | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Even when California's historic drought finally ends, many of the water conservation rules put in place this year to cope with the emergency may become a permanent part of the state's future.
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Drilling underground for room to store water | Fox News

Drilling underground for room to store water | Fox News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
On a recent weekday in Denver a massive drilling rig bored a hole deep beneath the city.
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Most groundwater is effectively a non-renewable resource, study finds

Most groundwater is effectively a non-renewable resource, study finds | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The water that supplies aquifers and wells that billions of people rely on around the world is, from a practical perspective, mostly a non-renewable resource that could run out in many places, a new Canadian-led study suggests.
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And fracking is contaminating it.

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'Free ride' given to Ontario's large-scale water users: watchdog

'Free ride' given to Ontario's large-scale water users: watchdog | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Not only do most industries get a total free ride, the few that do pay are charged only $3.71 for every million litres of water they take," said Schwartzel. "That works out to less than $10 for enough water to fill an Olympic-size pool."
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This is a huge issue in Alberta as well...

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Opponents offer free food to pack hearings on Waukesha's water plan - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Opponents offer free food to pack hearings on Waukesha's water plan - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
“Large numbers of southeastern Wisconsin residents with an opinion on the issue are expected to attend public hearings Monday and Tuesday in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Racine.”
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Why drought is a dirty word in Alberta

Why drought is a dirty word in Alberta | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The devil is commonly known to be in the details, but in Alberta it's in the drought — the word drought that is.
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"I have not experienced the fact that people are uncomfortable using that word," Blade said. "But it probably does have some financial implications."

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Jobs, land languish in California drought in race for water

In the four years since the drought in California began, the lack of water has cost thousands of jobs, caused noticeable changes in the landscape and induced ...
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Thai Drought Pits Army Against Farmers Over Water Curbs - Bloomberg Business - Bloomberg

Thai Drought Pits Army Against Farmers Over Water Curbs - Bloomberg Business - Bloomberg | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Thai Drought Pits Army Against Farmers Over Water Curbs - Bloomberg Business Bloomberg Soldiers patrol the canal to stop unauthorized pumping -- part of water rationing in almost a third of Thailand's 76 provinces as an El Nino-fueled...
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California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water ... - San Jose Mercury News

California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water ... - San Jose Mercury News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Allegations of water thievery are cropping up across California, as wells and creeks run dry in a punishing drought now in its fourth summer.
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