Tag: clean water

Drinking water, also known as potable water or improved drinking water, is water safe enough for drinking and food preparation. Globally, in 2012, 89% of the people had access to water suitable for drinking. Nearly 4 billion had access to tap water while another 2.3 billion had access to wells or public taps. 1.8 billion people still use an unsafe drinking water source which may be contaminated by feces. This can result in infectious diarrhea such as cholera and typhoid among others. Contaminated water is estimated to result in more than half a million deaths per year.

Water: A Weapon and a Victim

Water: A Weapon and a Victim

Throughout the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has been used as armament by competing powers as they scramble to control a quickly diminishing resource.

When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in 2014, they used it as leverage by depriving downstream cities of water.

Walking on Water: Floating Islands

Walking on Water: Floating Islands

Need more land? You might soon be able to create your own. Dutch engineers are experimenting with floating islands that can support buildings, farms, and other amenities.

The Dutch Maritime Research Institute has built a prototype of a floating island made up of dozens of interlocking triangles that can move

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

In 1915, a tragic farm accident reported in The Fruit Grower and Farmer was a mere footnote of local news. Patients from the State Hospital in Athens, OH, whose job was “to tramp down the silage comprised of corn stalks and leaves” were found asphyxiated in a tower silo. The report says

Algae Wars

Algae Wars

Each summer, algae blooms take over lakes and bays as waters saturated with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus warm. These blooms are the product of a quick-growing algae that can be toxic to aquatic life and humans.

During a bloom, as algae settles to the bottom and decays, it depletes

Water Utilities Recognized for Future-Focused Initiatives

Water Utilities Recognized for Future-Focused Initiatives

Twenty-five water utilities have been selected for recognition of their leadership in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities.

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Solutions for Healthy Soil

Solutions for Healthy Soil

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

US EPA and California Approve Permit for Point Loma Wastewater Facility

US EPA and California Approve Permit for Point Loma Wastewater Facility

Advanced treatment will reduce discharges to ocean, provide sustainable water source

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board finalized a City of San Diego wastewater discharge permit to protect ocean water quality and increase water reuse. The Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination

We Don’t Have Much Time

We Don’t Have Much Time

We knew it was coming, and now it’s here. The public comment period is open to determine the fate of the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the US Rule. But the window for getting your comments in is a narrow one—more details on that below.

Those of

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

Pierce County’s Surface Water Management (SWM) division is charged with maintaining both the natural surface water systems and the stormwater collection and conveyance infrastructure within its unincorporated 1,800-square-mile service area (population 380,000). These areas include an impressive variability in landscapes: from glacial streams of Mt. Rainier to fertile farmlands of

Waters of the US: Now’s Our Chance To Be Heard

Waters of the US: Now’s Our Chance To Be Heard

As you’re probably aware, EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers under the new administration are proposing to rescind the beleaguered Waters of the US Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule, that went into effect in 2015. You have a narrow window to comment if you wish

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