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Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’
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Slovenia is the first European Union country to include the right to water in its constitution, although according to Rampedre (the online Permanent World Report on the Right to Water) 15 other countries across the world had already done so.
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Athabasca River water quality index may miss oilsands’ impact

Athabasca River water quality index may miss oilsands’ impact | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Reporting on the People, Issues, and Events that Shape our City - Calgary Journal Community Newspaper
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U.N. warns of 'race against time' for 23 million drought-stricken...

U.N. warns of 'race against time' for 23 million drought-stricken... | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
ROME - Some 23 million farmers in drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next planting season with only a few weeks left befor
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Women Lead to Solve Water Shortages in Ethiopia's Worst Ever Drought | ActionAid

Women Lead to Solve Water Shortages in Ethiopia's Worst Ever Drought | ActionAid | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
RT @ActionAid_aus: READ how these women are providing answers to water shortages in drought-stricken Ethiopia. https://t.co/qfq6QjTmo8 http…
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Oil spill in North Sask. River affecting water supply of 69,000 people

Oil spill in North Sask. River affecting water supply of 69,000 people | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The water supply of about 69,000 people has been affected by an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River, the province’s Water Security Agency says.
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Husky representatives are not clarifying how long the pipeline was leaking, but say the spill occurred overnight with the line being shut off at about 10:30 Thursday morning.

Prince Albert has since begun constructing a 20-centimetre-diameter irrigation pipe to draw water from the South Saskatchewan River near the Muskoday First Nation, about 20 to 30 kilometres away, and North Battleford is eyeing plans to install a pipe from Battle River as an alternate source of water. 

Precautionary drinking water measures could be in place for weeks or even months in communities affected by the spill, Ferris said.
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El Niño Is Dead And California Could Be "In A Drought Forever"

El Niño Is Dead And California Could Be "In A Drought Forever" | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Forecasters say El Niño is now officially over and there's a 75% chance of a La Niña forming. But "the real story is the Godzill
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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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Nestle buys more groundwater as drought rages on in Southern Ontario | The Council of Canadians

Nestle buys more groundwater as drought rages on in Southern Ontario | The Council of Canadians | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, the bottled water giant Nestle is buying up more groundwater sources and now has permits from the Ontario government to remove a total of over 20 million litres of water per day!
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The latest regional drought isn't where you would expect to find it

The latest regional drought isn't where you would expect to find it | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
In a Northeastern regional drought, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine are experiencing severe conditions.
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Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities?

Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities? | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
More than 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year – a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly
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What You Need to Know About the World's Water Wars

What You Need to Know About the World's Water Wars | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed.
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Thick, Putrid Algae Bloom Overwhelms Miles Of Florida Coastline

Thick, Putrid Algae Bloom Overwhelms Miles Of Florida Coastline | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
A massive bloom of blue-green algae caused by discharge from a polluted lake is covering beaches in foul-smelling muck and raising health and environmental concerns.
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Aging infrastructure combined with a disregard for health and the environment is a disaster-in-waiting.
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Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover from drought until 2019

Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover from drought until 2019 | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
A UCLA-led research team used big data analysis and new levels of precision to study three decades of data. The new tool could be useful for studying othe
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Trump's Dubious Drought Claims

Trump's Dubious Drought Claims | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The candidate said California has “no drought” and that water farmers need is being used to protect a “three-inch fish”
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Scientific American fact checks Donald Trump's claims that California is not experiencing a drought. 

And well, you can guess how accurate he is...read the facts.

“The drought revealed our weaknesses in how we manage water for all sectors,” Mount told us in an email. “It gave us an unwelcome … glimpse into the future as conditions warm in California and competition for water becomes more intense.”
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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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