U.S. Infrastructure

Only 25 percent of people in South Asia have access to piped water supplies and more than a quarter lack access to electricity due to large gaps in infrastructure, according to the World Bank, Reuters reported. The Bank has estimated that the region needs $US 2.5 trillion in investment by 2020 to provide necessary services […]

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Scientists have called into question the viability of wetland ecosystems recreated on land used for oil sands mining in Canada, saying they do not function as well as before, Yale Environment 360 reported. None of the areas reclaimed by oil companies have yet been certified as meeting government standards, and reclamation efforts can cost as […]

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Weather It is becoming more likely that an El Niño weather pattern will form this year, potentially bringing severe drought to places like Australia and India while bringing heavy rains and floods to the Midwest United States and Brazil, Reuters reported. El Niño is caused when surface water temperatures increase in the Pacific Ocean. Hydropower […]

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Sierra Nevada snowpack could drop 50 percent if the entire Amazon rainforest was cut down, according to a Princeton study that explored the effects of Amazon deforestation on the climate of other regions. While it is unlikely the entire Amazon will be cut, researchers say the study points out important connections between deforestation and water […]

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Floods Man-made embankments meant to divide land and keep rivers from encroaching on farm fields in Bangladesh are trapping flood waters and leading to water-logged fields, IRIN News reported. While some farmers have turned to shrimp farming, scientists are recommending that restoring rivers and wetlands would be a better way to deal with the flooding […]

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Few places in the United States better understand the economically essential and ecologically risky accord between energy and water than this southeast Ohio town.

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One resident in Sri Lanka’s western province was killed Thursday evening during a protest against a factory that had been contaminating drinking water in 15 local villages, Calgary Herald reported. More than 4000 people were present, hoping to provoke government action to stop the factory’s chemical emissions from polluting their water supply. China China’s mammoth coal industry […]

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City Water A ruptured water main in a residential neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro caused the death of a 3-year-old girl and injuries to 16 others, NBC News reported. The pipe exploded and flooded the neighborhood, destroying houses, but the cause is unknown. South Africa plans to pump acid mine drainage from old gold mines […]

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Africa South Africa will need an investment of $US 71 billion over the next 10 years to supply enough water to meet growing demand, Bloomberg News reported. The country needs the money to update its water infrastructure, including sanitation and irrigation projects. Much of the money being spent on European Union-backed water and sanitation projects […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing An internal report showing that United States Environmental Protection Agency staff in Pennsylvania objected to the closing of a drinking water assessment near natural gas drill sites in Dimock, Pennsylvania, has cast further doubt on the agency’s hydraulic fracturing studies, the Los Angeles Times reported. The EPA defended its Dimock decision, saying that […]

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United States The Department of Energy now says that contrary to a claim made earlier this year, chemicals from hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania did not contaminate drinking water aquifers, Bloomberg News reported. The conclusion comes from a National Energy Technology Laboratory study conducted in Pittsburg, the first ever where a drilling company has allowed government […]

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Aging U.S. Infrastructure As many as 200,000 residents of a Maryland county could be without running water for days amid an intense heat wave that is baking the U.S. East Coast, CBS News reported. Officials are shutting down one of the county’s aging water main pipes for repairs, which they say are urgent. Water shutdowns […]

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Utilities tinker with rate structures designed to stabilize revenue.

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Roughly one in every six structures in the Army Corps of Engineers dams database is rated as “high hazard,” meaning a dam failure would kill people, according to a recent update. Since 2009, the number of high hazard dams has increased by six percent, to 14,726. Three-fifths of the high hazard dams have an emergency […]

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South America Nearly 400 millimeters (16 inches) of rain pummeled Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, causing widespread floods, power outages and 31 deaths as of Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. The extreme weather has prompted calls for investment in public water infrastructure projects. Tensions are rising in the Brazilian Amazon between government forces and the Munduruku […]

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There are many questions and few conclusions right now about Detroit’s water system.

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From the Ground The average decline in water levels across the entire Ogallala Aquifer, which spans eight plains states and is a key source of irrigation water, measured 4.3 meters (14.2 feet), from 1950 to 2011, according to new figures from the U.S. Geological Survey. Changes in the water table ranged from an increase of […]

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“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

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Irrigation canals have been severely damaged, large poultry farms have been destroyed, and now close to 10 percent of Syrians who remained inside the country’s borders are in need of food assistance — these are just a few of the side effects of the ongoing conflict in the war-torn country that will likely have ramifications on food security for years to come.

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Investors funneled more money into the remains woefully underfunded. Detroit, for example, will be $US 84 billion short of the funding it needs to properly upgrade its sewer system over the next eight years, PBS NewsHour reported. Banning the Bottle Concord, NH, became the first U.S. town to highest water content of any ever analyzed. […]

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