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The Global Rundown The city of Oran, Algeria is turning to the sea, while the city of Jakarta, Indonesia is trying to shut it out. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen an impressive jump in green technology, and Malawi hopes to see a jump in the number of citizens with access to tap water. […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists in New York City are studying health and disease outbreaks through wastewater, while hundreds are ill with a waterborne disease in Portugal. Peru’s Conga gold mine is gaining community support, and Canada fined an oil company for water pollution. Land investors in Egypt are suing over a lack of water, while […]

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The Global Rundown In the water-scarce Middle East, at least 40 percent of treated sewage effluent ends up in the sea instead of recycled, but that’s not stopping Coca Cola: there are now plans for the first ever Coke factory in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, drought isn’t stopping California’s tomato farmers. Hydropower reservoirs may be […]

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India At least 28 people have died and 1,500 communities have been flooded in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state following heavy rainstorms in the Himalayas, Reuters reported. Dams in the mountains are already overflowing and exacerbating the flooding, which is expected to continue with more rain forecast for the region. A break in a major […]

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Water Scarcity A growing population and Egypt’s food subsidy programs are pushing farmers to grow more wheat, but land and water constraints will likely mean that imports of the staple crop will increase, Reuters reported. Agriculture accounts for the use of 85 percent of Egypt’s water supply, the vast majority of which comes from the […]

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Pollution Water polluted with sewage is flowing into the Danjiangkou Reservoir, a source of water for China’s South-North water transfer project that is slated to provide water to Beijing and Tianjin as early as next year, Bloomberg News reported. The Chinese government has blamed the pollution on industries that dump untreated sewage into the five […]

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Health and Sanitation Waterborne diseases caused by water supplies contaminated with sewage are a major threat to public health in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. The city’s crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure means that many residents are forced to defecate outside, while aging city sewage pipes have burst […]

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Gaza A wastewater treatment plant serving 120,000 people in Gaza has stopped working after running out of fuel, causing sewage to back up and submerge streets in some neighborhoods, Reuters reported. An Israeli blockade and an Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels have stopped the flow of fuel into Gaza. North Dakota The salty geology of […]

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Energy Of 274 coal plants nationwide that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into waterways, at least 16 are in Michigan, according to a new report released by the Sierra Club. “This report makes it clear that DTE needs a lesson in common sense: dumping poisons into our water without disclosing threatens the health, drinking […]

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Water Management After more than two weeks of complaints from customers about having dirty water pumped into their houses, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai found 26% of water samples, up from 16% last year, unfit for consumption, The Times of India reported. Cases of waterborne disease in the city have been rising in direct […]

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Superstorm Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into Washington, D.C. waterways, a science journalism group reported.  One- third of the sewage was not treated, Wall Street Journal reported. Sewage leaks are becoming a major threat due to higher sea levels that may lead to coastal flooding. Fukushima Power Plant […]

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Tensions have heightened between Israeli and Lebanese troops near the site of a tourist center being built on Lebanon’s side of the Hatzbani River, which Israel fears will be used to divert water,The Jerusalem Post reported. 9.5 billion metric tons of sewage, approximately 76 percent of the total amount generated in China’s Guangdong province in […]

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A revised management plan—with no change to surface water limits, but an even stricter cap on groundwater withdrawals—for Australia’s Murray-Darling river basin has infuriated many groups, especially farmers. The head of the New South Wales irrigators council called for revisions, lest “social and economic Armageddon” come to farm communities. Victoria’s water minister labeled the plan […]

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Chicago Spearheads $7 Billion Plan to Fix Its Crumbling Infrastructure

From expanding its largest airport to replacing century-old water pipes, Chicago introduces an ambitious construction plan that will be partly financed with public-private partnerships.

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Extensive flooding in Australia makes the need to implement a new Murray-Darling Basin water management plan less urgent, argued the Water Minister of New South Wales, who called for delayed action on the reforms, according to The Australian. Two billion people gained access to safer drinking water between 1990 and 2010, meeting an international Millennium […]

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An expansive new irrigation proposal could turn northern Australia into a food bowl, The Australian reported. Water withdrawals for agriculture and mining are putting increasing pressure on the South’s Murray-Darling basin, prompting government officials to look elsewhere. United States Chicago’s Deep Tunnel may not be completed until 2029, despite a recent legal settlement that set […]

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Australia’s fast-growing coal-seam gas industry is a “relatively short-term prospect” and may not be worth the cost to farmland and the environment, a according to an interim report for the Senate Inquiry into the impacts of coal seam gas in the Murray-Darling Basin, The Australian reported. The study recommends that coal-seam gas development be suspended […]

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Public Art Purple Pipe

The $1.8 billion Brightwater facility, 10 miles northeast of Seattle, eschews old notions of what a sewage plant is. State-of-the-art membrane technology produces reusable water, a trail system allows outdoor recreation, and wetlands give salmon a place to spawn.

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Every year, our old water infrastructure spills 860 million gallons of untreated waste into America’s waterways, including raw or partially treated sewage, bacteria, parasites, synthetic hormones, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural wastes.

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The Australian water industry, valued at up to $27 billion, is booming, according to CNBC. But can water trading lead to water grabs? Fourteen city councils are up in arms over London’s plan to build a “super sewer” to collect the millions of tons of raw sewage that overflows into the Thames River after heavy […]

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