The Stream, April 26: Fracking Should Be 600 Meters From Aquifers, Study Says

Water Pollution
Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas should take place at least 600 meters down from aquifers used for water supplies, according to a new study published in the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, the Press Association reported.

Heavy municipal and industrial pollution in a river in the Indonesian province of West Java is threatening the health of at least five million people living on the riverbanks, IRIN reported, citing government officials and water experts.

Water Infrastructure
A ruling that allowed the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump billions of gallons of water from rural areas to supplement Las Vegas’ limited supply from Lake Mead will head back to court after environmental groups, local governments, Indian tribes, ranchers and others filed appeals against the decision, Associated Press reported.

What can Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, do to prevent a looming water crisis that each year brings people out in protest? The sprawling city requires 2.2 billion liters (581 million gallons) a day, but can only produce 1.9 to 2 billion liters (502 to 528 million gallons), according to IRIN.

Afghanistan will seek help from India and Pakistan to build its water infrastructure and management, according to the PakTribune.

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Author: Nadya Ivanova , a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends. Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.

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