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Houston is the big winner in first round of state financing for new water infrastructure fund.

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The Rundown Coal ash debate arrives in Congress. Farmers are using more groundwater in Oregon’s Klamath River Basin while Congress considers ratifying a historic agreement in the basin. Hurricane Sandy was a once-in-500-year event for some tidal monitoring stations. Pollution problems plague California groundwater. “All of our regulations are tailored specifically to our coal types, […]

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Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

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The Global Rundown A deepening drought in Puerto Rico prompted officials to expand water rationing measures. A new coal mine in Australia continues to raise concerns about groundwater, the European Union voted to ban textile imports that use a substance harmful to waterways, and Hong Kong found high lead levels in the blood of people […]

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The Global Rundown President Obama is expected to veto a U.S. House of Representatives bill that addresses the drought in the western United States . In Australia, a Chinese-run coal mine raises concerns about water quality, while a new study found contaminants in groundwater used for California’s drinking water. India is opening its doors to […]

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The Global Rundown Delayed rainfall in Thailand could force tap water supplies to run out in Bangkok within a month. Santiago, Chile, and Baluchistan province in Pakistan are also contending with water shortages. Meanwhile, monsoon rains are triggering floods and landslides in India’s Uttarakhand state, and Tokyo is preparing for increasingly severe rainstorms and floods. […]

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The Rundown Memphis and Mississippi will take their aquifer dispute to the nation’s highest court. California drought legislation will move quickly through the House. Water use per well for fracking skyrockets. States sue over the EPA’s Clean Water Act definition. State and federal gencies outline an Asian carp strategy. “As House Majority Leader and your […]

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The Global Rundown Colombia is struggling to contain an oil spill and safeguard water supplies after rebel forces attacked an oil pipeline last week. Researchers tracked the virtual destinations of groundwater used to grow food in the United States. Perth, Australia, will begin pumping larger quantities of groundwater to supplement its water supply. In India, […]

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The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

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Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

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The world’s largest aquifers are under stress, according to a decade of data from the GRACE satellites.

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The Global Rundown Water played a large role in the Vatican’s encyclical about climate change, in which the Pope warned against the control of water by corporations and businesses, as well as the hazards of water contamination. The Vatican’s fears are being realized around the world, as Colombia faces a water shortage due to drought […]

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The Global Rundown Water risk is shaping investment decisions in India and around the world. Reports by NASA show that almost two-thirds of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers are in decline. Floods are interrupting shipping on the Illinois River. “Water risk is only recently appreciated as a systemic and material investment risk. We do expect that […]

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Hydro Resources drilling a well near Sublette, Kansas.

Scientists do not know how much groundwater is left.

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The Global Rundown An attack on an oil pipeline has spilled several thousand barrels of crude into a Colombia river. Groundwater is declining fast in Pakistan‘s breadbasket region. The capital of Ghana is ill-equipped to handle heavy rain. “It’s a social and environmental tragedy.” — Juan Carlos Echeverry, CEO of Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol, […]

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The Global Rundown Ancient water systems in Oman are drying up, China’s infrastructure system wastes much of the hydropower it generates, and southern Asia is preparing for possible food price inflation due to an El Nino. Leaky pipes can introduce contaminants to water systems, researchers in the United Kingdom found. An initiative in the Great […]

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Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

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The Global Rundown The majority of China‘s groundwater is too polluted for human use. California upped its conservation game in April. In one village in India, when wives don’t have enough time to fetch water for the family, the solution is to add another wife. “I had to have someone to bring us water, and […]

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

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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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