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Coachella Valley aquifer recharge

Cities object to mandatory limits on water use.

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The Rundown More money for the Army Corps of Engineers. Major deficiencies in environmental oversight in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prize money for renewable-energy desalination and a potential source of funding for sewage treatment upgrades in the Great Lakes. EPA’s science board reviews drinking water contaminants and looks for new members. An EPA water infrastructure […]

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Cities raise rates to pay for repairs and to respond to conservation.

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The cost of water service in 30 major U.S. cities is rising.

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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

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The Rundown The first quarter of 2015 breaks a global heat record. Lawmakers and regulators argue about water while the EPA publishes timetables for coal ash regulations. California water managers propose temporary dams to help with salinity in the state’s hydrologic choke point. “We are going to get it over the finish line…The final rule […]

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State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

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The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation and two California water districts settle a dispute over releasing water for fish. A rural water supply project in North Dakota is reassessed. President Obama orders federal agencies to be more efficient with water. Pipeline regulator offers safety recommendations for times of flood. A handful of species in California […]

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The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

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The Global Rundown China quashes a protest but responds to the grievances. California does a poor job of conserving water, while its water utilities use a lot of electricity. European water companies look to India for new business opportunities as a water software business in the United States grows. Water rationing begins in Taiwan. “More […]

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Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo’s last hope to avoid severe water restrictions is a goopy mess. A new development in the Arizona desert raises water supply questions. Canada’s glaciers are shrinking but scientists have better maps of their decline. And what to do about golf courses…in California and China. “History shows a loss of popularity […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels fell to new lows in India’s tech hub while a state in western India opened its largest drinking water pipeline. Airborne instruments see a substantial drop in California’s snowpack, and Apple sees the value of recycled water. Nevada lawmakers might make it rain. “You’re kind of milking the snow.” — […]

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The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation negotiates a land and water lease in Arizona while endorsing water transfer options in California. NASA sees little water in a Sierra Nevada watershed. Tennessee gains control of its underground wastewater disposal program. Streams in the Pacific Northwest are under the microscope. California congressman introduces a pair of drought […]

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California Governor Jerry Brown April 1 Snow Survey 2015

Abysmal snowpack ‘obliterates’ record; cities told to conserve 25 percent.

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The Global Rundown Hospitals fail to meet international water and sanitation standards. A city reliant on groundwater sees levels drop while illegal sand mining threatens water supplies in southern India. Desalination is more attractive for a gold mine proposed in Mexico after a water-price hike. Protestors in Baltimore oppose a plan to shut off water […]

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The Global Rundown Taiwan takes measures to respond to low reservoir levels while drought in western India drives farmers out of villages to find seasonal work. Africa’s largest solar-powered water well is installed in a refugee camp. Rice fields in Vietnam are threatened by salt water. And scientists expect deeper droughts for Australia. “They sweat […]

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The Global Rundown India’s rivers are getting dirtier while the prime minister proposes new measures to clean up the Ganges. Maryland’s largest city is telling homes and businesses to pay late water bills or face service cuts. West Virginia’s governor weakened a chemical safety law. A mining company cancels copper project in Peru over water […]

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The Rundown New fracking rules seek to protect water sources while the EPA assesses fracking data. Most of the West already has a federal drought designation. The U.S. Geological Survey reminds Congress that many details about national water use are a black box. A bill to boost funding for tribal irrigation repairs moves out of […]

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Another dry winter forces political pressure for action.

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