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Cities must cut water use by 25 percent in 2015.

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No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

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Infographic: CA Water Withdrawals

A breakdown of where California’s water is used most, from fracking and Nestle’s bottling plant to almonds and lawns.

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels are quickly declining in Jaipur, India. An El Nino weather pattern has formed, and Uruguay has achieved high levels of potable water. Sri Lanka is protecting mangroves by empowering women, Central Africa is expanding weather data for farmers, and the United States is debating which waterways are protected under federal […]

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The Global Rundown Blooms of harmful algae in Chesapeake Bay increased significantly over the past two decades, researchers found. Nicaragua is moving forward with a massive shipping canal project through Lake Nicaragua, a lawsuit in California seeks to stop the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations, and human rights activists are raising the […]

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This drought is different, people say — much different.

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The Rundown EPA issues toxic algae guidelines. A California congressman wants to block federal spending on river flows in his home state. Commenters want more protection for drinking water from federal oil-by-rail rules. Irrigation in the mid-Atlantic is concentrated on a peninsula. Nevada uses less Colorado River water. Asian carp won’t go hungry in Lake […]

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Rock barriers will deflect saltwater intrusion in California’s most important water body.

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The Global Rundown Sugarcane farmers in India have been asked to irrigate more efficiently. Australian almond farmers are upping production as Californian competitors are weakened by drought and Asian demand rises. Speaking of California, the state is trying to monitor groundwater from the sky, and is also being sued by environmental groups for allowing the oil industry […]

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The Global Rundown California approved mandatory water cuts, hundreds of cities in Iran face water shortages, and major cities in the United States could be at risk of drought-induced water stress. Conflicts over water and land resources intensified in Kenya. Turkey plans to send water to Cyprus by the end of July. “It is better […]

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The Global Rundown Jordan and Saudi Arabia signed a deal to protect the Disi aquifer. Scientists found compounds used in fracking in Pennsylvania well water, United States rivers are recovering quickly after dam removals, and California water bonds are losing value. Pakistan charged its provinces with implementing climate change policy. Fjords trap large amounts of […]

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Sitka pipeline

Despite a signed contract, Sitka city officials say the real test is whether water is actually delivered.

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The Global Rundown California is warning that water wasters could face steep fines, while drought in the western United States brought Lake Mead to its lowest level on record. Djibouti is pursuing geothermal power to bring down energy prices, and Brazil and Bolivia may build a major new hydropower dam. Organizations in Latin America are […]

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Few substantial changes to the latest version of conservation regulations.

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A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

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Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

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The Global Rundown California’s two largest city’s will need to cut water use by 16 percent, according to the new plan. Families are fleeing parts of Iraq due to fighting and shortages of food and water, while Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmental activists. Ho Chi Minh City is losing more than a […]

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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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