Breaking Water News
- In Canada, an Indigenous community is celebrating the arrival of clean drinking water.
Around the world, it was another deadly year for environmental activists.
- In the United States, the risk of flooding depends on a family’s ZIP code and its wealth.
Daily Summary of Global Water News
- If passed, a major infrastructure package in the United States could help clean up decades of water pollution at abandoned coal mines.
- The UAE announces three major desalination projects aimed at meeting water security goals.
- High costs for fishing are impeding the way of life of Zimbabwe’s ‘great river people.’
- Drinking water reservoirs in Mumbai are near capacity.
In the U.S. southern plains, water in the Ogallala aquifer is depleting at record rates.
Weekly Digest of U.S. Water Policy and Trends.
- House Democratic leaders propose $30 billion in a budget reconciliation package for removing lead drinking water pipes.
- The budget reconciliation package includes money for school drinking water, colonias, areas affected by disasters, and aid to households to pay their water bills.
- The EPA alters its permitting guidance for pollution of surface water via groundwater.
- Federal researchers find high risk of long droughts in the Southwest even under modest warming, but reducing emissions can still blunt the most severe dry years.
- The Interior secretary signs a $1.9 billion tribal water rights settlement.
- The Bureau of Reclamation completes a study of water supply challenges in the Missouri River headwaters.
And lastly, the U.S. Forest Service begins planning for a forest restoration project in California to reduce fire risk.
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How the world responds to water challenges in the next months and years will have effects for generations.
Delhi is thirsty, even parched. As the 3rd largest population center in the world, its 25 million people need water, and lots of it, to survive. It’s clear that how India responds in the next months and years will have effects for generations. How will it manage the intensifying competition between water, food and energy in a changing climate?
It’s clear that getting enough water day-by-day is foremost on people’s minds. When the challenge is so great and children so thirsty, people often take their water sources into their own hands. Some entrepreneurs bring water by tank pulled by a tractor, and sell at an inflated rate. Others drill their own unsanctioned wells, some even in the middle of the street.
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I am happy that this meeting is taking place, for it represents yet another stage in the joint commitment of various institutions to raising consciousness about the need to protect water as a treasure belonging to everyone, mindful too of its cultural and religious significance.