The Stream, May 28: UN Water Treaty Surpasses Ratification Threshold

Earlier this month Vietnam became the 35th country to ratify a United Nations treaty on rivers that cross international boundaries. Having now acquired an adequate number of signatures, the treaty will come into force on August 17, 2014. The International Water Law blog is hosting a series of essays exploring what this means for the management of shared rivers.

Water Supply
Laws passed in California that require irrigation districts to track water use and levy fees are largely being ignored, finds the Center for Investigative Reporting. Only 20 percent of the districts required to file water-use reports, which were due 10 months ago, have done so.

With its major reservoirs near record lows, Austin, Texas has convened a task force to find new sources of water, StateImpact Texas reports. The panel will consider a range of options: using treated wastewater, decreasing reservoir evaporation, and storing water in aquifers and in cisterns in commercial buildings.

Parts of at least 40 U.S. states could face water shortages under average conditions in the next decade, according to a report from the U.S. government’s internal watchdog. Updating a 2003 report, the Government Accountability Office found that states are taking steps to prepare by ordering water assessments and drought plans.

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