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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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Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought

Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite California's drought, Richard and Danna Jones' cattle grazing pasture has stayed green thanks to water flowing free from a gulch claimed by his grandfather in 1911.
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Drought versus dollars: California's wealthiest balk at water restrictions ... - Christian Science Monitor

Drought versus dollars: California's wealthiest balk at water restrictions ... - Christian Science Monitor | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As water restrictions tighten in the face of California's ongoing drought, wealthy communities resist letting their lawns go brown.
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For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
To ease its drought woes, a California metropolis is hoping to turn the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water with a $1 billion desalination plant.
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Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com

Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As California continues to endure its historic drought, a huge water district in the southern part of the state is offering to pay what is thought to be its ...
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Washington state governor declares drought emergency

Washington state governor declares drought emergency | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across three regions including key agricultural hubs of the U.S.
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As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee

As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has agreed to spend up to $71 million to buy water from a cluster of irrigation districts north of Sacramento.
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The deal also shows how severe the drought has become. A year ago, some of the same Sacramento Valley water districts shipped some of their water south at what seemed like an exorbitant price: $500 an acre-foot.

This year’s transaction will make 2014 look like a steal. Metropolitan and the others are paying $700 an acre-foot. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons, roughly a year’s supply for two Southern California households.

 
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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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Water thieves are on the rise in drought-stricken California - SFGate (blog)

Water thieves are on the rise in drought-stricken California - SFGate (blog) | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As California drought conditions worsen, water thieves are on the rise. One drove off with a 500-gallon water tanker in the Oakland Hills in March. The Marina Landscape tanker was resting on a trai...
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‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought

‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
'We need to get our heads together on how we manage groundwater...because we're running out of it,' one NASA scientist said
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Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category.

 

“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the studies’ principal investigator.

 

 

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For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
To ease its drought woes, a California metropolis is hoping to turn the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water with a $1 billion desalination plant.
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Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices

Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
It’s getting harder and harder to separate nature’s role in disasters from our own, and the dire water predicament confronting São Paulo, Brazil, is no exception. But as with the ongoing drought in...
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Some São Paulo residents have gone without tap water for days at a time. Others have fled the city, creating a new brand of “water refugees.”

As Brazil gears up to host the 2016 summer Olympics, businesses are suffering from the lack of water. Economists say the drought could shave 2% off of Brazil’s GDP.

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Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe

Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Summer storms over Europe have become weaker and less frequent over the past few decades, but if this trend continues it is likely to lead to more intense heatwaves and droughts according to climate scientists.
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