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Survey suggests Calgarians rate oil and gas more important than water

Survey suggests Calgarians rate oil and gas more important than water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
A new survey shows Calgarians value the country's fresh water supply far less than the rest of the country, with a clear majority suggesting oil and gas is Canada's most important natural resource.
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“All of our freshwater comes from a very narrow strip of land called the Eastern Slopes, this very thin margin of mountainous landscape that sits on our western border as a province,” he said. “This is a place we absolutely have to take seriously the fragile state of our water.”

Calgary, we have a problem.
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What Israel Can Teach Colorado When It Comes To Water

What Israel Can Teach Colorado When It Comes To Water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Israel is mostly dry and arid, but it started earlier than most countries at figuring out how to move and store water.
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Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California’s Salvation

Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California’s Salvation | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
For nearly a century, since deadly floods in 1938, engineers have sought ways to flush water out of Los Angeles. Now, officials want to capture it.
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Snyder releases thousands of Flint water crisis e-mails

Snyder releases thousands of Flint water crisis e-mails | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The governor is releasing 6,000 to 8,000 e-mails related to the Flint water crisis dating to 2011. Two batches were posted Friday morning with more expected throughout the day.
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Snyder Has Close Connections To Nestle; Firm Takes 200 Gallons Of Michigan Water A Second - The Intellectualist

Snyder Has Close Connections To Nestle; Firm Takes 200 Gallons Of Michigan Water A Second - The Intellectualist | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
From Michigan Chronicle: ‘…As the Flint water crisis worsens, Matt Zandstra, a father from Wyoming, Michigan resident is partnering with SumOfUs, a global consumer group, to call out Governor Snyder for his close ties to Nestlé, a multinational corporation that bottles more than 200 gallons of clean Michigan water each minute.    The petition draws
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Nestle is a special kind of evil. #boycottNestle products. http://www.infactcanada.ca/nestle_boycott_product.htm

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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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California investigates Nestle water rights

California's state water board is investigating questions about Nestle's water rights in a national forest.
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"Gene Zimmerman, the forest supervisor who was in charge at the time, retired in 2005 and has since done paid consulting work for Nestle. In explaining the nearly three decades of inaction on the permit, Forest Service officials have cited a heavy workload of other priorities, wildfires and floods, a tight budget and limited staffing."


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Worldwide Water Shortages Might Be Worse Than We Thought

Worldwide Water Shortages Might Be Worse Than We Thought | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
New research finds that 4 billion people face severe water scarcity at some point every year.
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Schumer seeks EPA probe into Ithaca lead in water issue

Schumer seeks EPA probe into Ithaca lead in water issue | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Sen. Charles Schumer called on the EPA to pursue a thorough investigation of lead-contaminated water in Ithaca.
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Did Flint’s contaminated water cause deadly Legionnaires’ outbreaks?

Did Flint’s contaminated water cause deadly Legionnaires’ outbreaks? | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The city may never know because the water hasn’t been tested by any government agency.
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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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