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Mexico City braces for water rationing
- 2009-01-30Supplies will be cut or reduced to homes in many areas of the capital this weekend, making a scarce resource even scarcer. 'We are running out of water,' an official said.
Plumbing and Standards Groups Unite on Water Efficiency
- 2009-01-08Five national plumbing trade, manufacturing, product and standards groups have agreed to join forces to research and develop water efficient plumbing.
Burst pipe leaves Lauderdale Lakes homes without water
- 2009-01-06A pipe burst on Northwest 36th Terrace and 32nd Avenue north of Oakland Park Boulevard and left a sinkhole and gallons of water gushing up from the ground.
Anheuser-Busch's Water Use Flat Despite Increased Production
- 2008-12-08In the past five years, Anheuser-Busch's companywide water use has increased 2.4 percent and beverage production went up about 2 percent as well. But due to a number of efforts, the brewer has reduced the amount of water it takes to make beer, keeping its water use flat.
Access To Water Must Be High On Climate Agenda - Group
- 2008-12-01With more than 1 billion people having no access to safe water, the World Water Contract group for years has sought to make availability of water a basic right and add it to the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Cadbury Cuts Water Use 10 Percent
- 2008-11-17Though its water conservation strategy is still in the early stages of development, Cadbury cut its water use 10 percent last year compared to 2006.
Coca-Cola Taps WWF to Cut Water Use and Emissions
- 2008-10-31Days after releasing its environmental performance data in its 2007/2008 Sustainability Report, Coca-Cola unveiled new targets for reducing water use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Coca-Cola Continues to Make Strides on Water, Recycling
- 2008-10-28Since 2002, when the company first shared its water usage data with the public, Coca-Cola has improved its water-efficiency by just over 20 percent, to the point where it now uses 2.47 liters of water to make a liter of one of its beverages. In the past year, the number continued to drop, with the company reporting a 2 percent improvement over last year's report.
Australia's Wong Warns of Ongoing Water Shortage
- 2008-09-24Farmers in Australia's food bowl Murray-Darling river basin need to adapt to ongoing water shortages as climate change prolongs the worst drought in a century, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said on Tuesday.
China Taps Emergency Water for "Grim" Beijing
- 2008-09-19China's capital started pumping "emergency" water from its long-parched neighbouring province on Thursday, with officials speaking of a "grim" shortfall weeks after the Olympics when they said the city had enough water.
UN Chief Says Insufficient Progress Made on Water
- 2008-09-02One billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water and countries must try harder to reach their goals on sanitation, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said on Monday.
Biggest Desalination Plant in W.Hemisphere Gets OK
- 2008-08-25Plans for the biggest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere received final California state approval on Friday, clearing the way for construction to start next year and for the plant to open north of San Diego in 2011.
Behind Food, Energy and Climate Crises Looms Water and Sanitation
- 2008-08-25The World Water Week in Stockholm concluded with 2,400 scientists, leaders from governments and civil society declaring that slow progress on sanitation will cause the world to badly fail the Millennium Development Goals while weak policy, poor management, increasing waste and exploding water demands are pushing the planet towards the tipping point of global water crisis.
Water: The Forgotten Crisis
- 2008-07-10The causes of water scarcity are essentially identical to those of the food crisis. There are serious and extremely worrying factors that indicate water supplies are steadily being used up.
Drought threatens Iraq's crops and water supply
- 2008-07-10It's been a year of drought and sand storms across Iraq a dry spell that has devastated the country's crucial wheat crop and created new worries about the safety of drinking water.
Ontario Town's Water Treatment Inspired by Seaweed
- 2008-07-07A facility using membranes inspired by seaweed looks set to revolutionize water treatment in Ontario.
FACTBOX-Key Facts About the Disappearing Aral Sea
- 2008-06-30The Aral Sea, once the world's fourth largest lake, has shrunk by 70 percent in recent decades in what environmentalists describe as one of the worst man-made ecological disasters.
Australia Food Bowl Areas "Beyond Repair in Months"
- 2008-06-19Parts of Australia's key Murray-Darling river food bowl may be beyond recovery unless a prolonged dry spell and political wrangling over water use ends by October, a leaked scientific report warned on Wednesday.
UK to Give Waterless Washing Machine a Spin
- 2008-06-10A washing machine using as little as a cup of water for each washing cycle could go on sale to environmentally conscious Britons next year.
GE Plans 20 Percent Cut in Water Use by 2012
- 2008-05-29Riding a wave of successes from its multi-billion dollar ecomagination program, GE announced Wednesday a new goal of cutting its global water usage 20 percent by 2012.
Multistate pact would put water off-limits to parched South, West
- 2008-05-27Piece by piece, a 5,500-mile wall around the Great Lakes is going up. You can't see it, but construction is progressing nicely, along with an implied neon sign that flashes, "Hands offit's our water."
Cameco Pollutants May Be Seeping Into Lake Ontario
- 2008-05-22Contaminants such as arsenic and uranium that shut down Cameco Corp's Port Hope, Ontario, nuclear conversion facility last year may be seeping into nearby Lake Ontario, the company said Wednesday.
Laptop-controlled irrigation revolutionizing farming
- 2008-05-14Efficient management of water in some of the driest, most drought affected farming areas in NSW has reached a new world standard thanks to automated ordering systems that allow irrigation farmers to control water delivery at the touch of a keypad.
Water rationing possible this summer
- 2008-05-02State official says shortage is worst he's seen in 30 years. Fast-shrinking snowpack and below-normal reservoir levels are blamed.
Melting Mountains A "Time Bomb" For Water Shortages
- 2008-04-15Glaciers and mountain snow are melting earlier in the year than usual, meaning the water has already gone when millions of people need it during the summer when rainfall is lower, scientists warned on Monday.
China Drought Leaves 670,000 Without Drinking Water
- 2008-04-14A drought in China's northeast Liaoning province has left nearly 700,000 people without drinking water after rainfall in the first three months of 2008 tumbled to one-fifth levels last year, the Xinhua agency said on Sunday.
Study: Agriculture can disrupt water flows
- 2008-04-08Swedish and Canadian scientists say agriculture practices can lead to major disruptions of the world's water flows, with sudden and dire consequences.
Coca-Cola Aims for 'Water Neutrality'
- 2008-03-24Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) released last week a report detailing the evolution of The Coca-Cola Co.'s water management strategy.
Suez Sees Water Fuelling Investment Boom
- 2008-03-20A global population boom and climate change will fuel huge investment in water and waste projects around the world in coming decades, the head of the world's second biggest water group said in an interview.
Peru Bets On Desalination To Ensure Water Supplies
- 2008-03-12Peru plans to start desalinating water from the Pacific Ocean to make up for declining supplies from fast-melting glaciers affected by climate change, President Alan Garcia said on Tuesday.
China Cracks Down On Water Polluters With New Law
- 2008-02-29China heightened pressure on polluters on Thursday, passing legislation that allows for stiff fines against heads of companies that foul its scarce water resources.
Taps Shut In Central China Due To Red, Bubbly River
- 2008-02-27A spill on the Hanjiang River, in central China's Hubei Province, has affected water supply for 200,000 people living along three tributaries since Sunday, the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local media.
China Eyes Heftier Fines For Water Polluters
- 2008-02-27China stepped up pressure on polluters on Tuesday as it debated a draft law that would allow for fines against the heads of companies that foul the water and floated the idea of an end to tax breaks for polluting exporters.
Africa Must Invest To Secure Clean Water - GE
- 2008-02-25Africa should tackle the prospect of increased water scarcity by investing now in technology and not simply hoping the threat will go away, officials of America's General Electric company said on Sunday.
Raleigh starts new water rules Friday
- 2008-02-14People served by Raleigh's water system are about to come under strict new conservation rules, including bans on using drinking water to irrigate yards, fill empty swimming pools and water golf courses.
Government Unveils Targets for Water Usage
- 2008-02-08Among the array of water-saving measures the government is looking at are household water meters which have been shown to cut consumption by around 10 percent, stopping leaks, increasing appliance efficiency and encouraging more thoughtful use.
Scientists See Looming Water Crisis in Western US
- 2008-02-01A water supply crisis is looming in the western United States thanks to human-caused climate change that already has altered the region's river flows, snow pack and air temperatures, scientists said.
UK Food and Drink Companies Vow Water Reductions
- 2008-01-29Crafters of the plan estimate water-efficiency measures could reduce water use by as much as 37 million gallons (about 140 million liters) a day and save the companies around $87 million (about £60 million) a year.
UN Calls Water Top Priority
- 2008-01-25U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world on Thursday to put the looming crisis over water shortages at the top of the global agenda this year and take action to prevent conflicts over scarce supplies.
EPA Promotes Green Infrastructure for Better Water Quality
- 2008-01-24Topics include green roofs, trees and tree boxes, porous and permeable pavements and vegetated medians. Green infrastructure approaches are meant to keep rainwater out of the sewer system, reduce the amount of pollutants that run off of a site, and let stormwater flow through and be cleansed by soil and vegetation.
Drought-Hit Cyprus Eyes Water Imports
- 2008-01-10rought-stricken Cyprus may import water from Greece to cover a shortage that has forced the government to ration supplies to farmers, its agriculture minister said on Wednesday.
NC officials begin water supply study; population surge expected
- 2008-01-04Sharing limited water resources is becoming a pressing issue in North Carolina as state leaders grapple with how to prepare for a projected population surge.
New device to target water leaks
- 2007-12-28Thames Water claims the "Leakfrog" device could cut its losses by up to a quarter by targeting leaking pipes belonging to customers.
China Says Global Warming Will Strain Water Limits
- 2007-12-17China will have exploited all available water supplies to the limit by 2030, the government has warned, ordering officials to prepare for worse to come as global warming and economic expansion drain lakes and rivers.
Asian Nations Face "Unprecedented" Water Crisis
- 2007-11-30Developing countries in Asia could face an "unprecedented" water crisis within a decade due to mismanagement of water resources.
South Florida Water Management District Sets Example for Floridas Green Initiative
- 2007-11-29Investing now in a greener future, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is making environmentally focused changes to improve energy efficiency, reduce water use and take advantage of alternative fuels.
Cyprus Water Crisis Highlights Climate Change
- 2007-11-20A small pool of water at the bottom of Cyprus's largest reservoir is shrinking by the day: without rain, the main source of surface water for most of the island will dry up by the end of the year.
Candidates spare few words for water shortages
- 2007-11-13As drought hits regions, water politics looms large
Drought in Southeast US Leads to Spat Over Lake
- 2007-10-31A large, man-made lake in north Georgia is at the center of a political storm over how to distribute water resources between three US states in the face of the region's worst drought in decades.
Australian Drought Hits Farmers Hard
- 2007-10-30Australia, already the world's driest inhabited continent, is gripped by its worst drought in 100 years which has decimated crops and created a crisis among its farming community.
RBC Launches $50M Water Conservation Initiative
- 2007-10-25RBC launched a 10-year, $50 million grant program Wednesday that aims to support water conservation, watershed protection, and access to clean drinking water in Canada and beyond.
Water shortage pushes China toward aerobic rice production
- 2007-10-23China, the world's top consumer and producer of rice, is turning to a new kind of rice that can grow on dry soil like wheat as the country faces a serious water shortage due to industrialization and global warming.
More water restrictions likely in Ala.
- 2007-10-17More than half of Alabama's 4.5 million residents already are living under water restrictions because of the choking dry weather, and officials said more cutbacks may be needed as the drought worsens through the fall.
Stronger EPA leadership needed to improve water quality in Mississippi River
- 2007-10-16The EPA has failed to use its authority under the act to adequately coordinate and oversee state activities along the Mississippi and ensure progress toward the act's goal of "fishable and swimmable" waters.
Atlanta Suffers as Southeast Drought Continues
- 2007-10-15An unprecedented drought stretching across the southeastern United States has forced some of the region's largest cities to declare water emergencies.
Businesses brace as water situation called 'dire' for near future
- 2007-10-15Businesses ranging from golf courses to sugar cane growers are bracing for the worst in the coming drier months. Cane growers are already operating under an unprecedented 45 percent reduction in their water allowance.
IWMI Report Concludes That Conventional Biofuels Not Sustainable for India or China Due to Water Issues
- 2007-10-12A scenario analysis by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) indicates that although the increasing production of biofuels are, in the global aggregate, of minor concern to water resources, the local and regional impacts could be substantial.
Though water is drying up, a Chinese metropolis booms
- 2007-09-27Hundreds of feet below ground, this provincial capital of more than two million people is steadily running out of water. The water table is sinking fast. Municipal wells have already drained two-thirds of the local groundwater.
EPA: 60% of Montana's water permits are outdated
- 2007-09-10The Environmental Protection Agency says no more than 10% of permits should be past their expiration date. But 30 states fall short of the EPA goal.
Water Bill Will Benefit Ports, Locks and More
- 2007-08-28A slew of new water projects is on tap throughout the U.S., courtesy of $21 billion in new federal spending that's about to get the thumbs-up from Congress.
DF to invest more than US$1bn in water, infra works over 2yrs - Mexico
- 2007-08-27The Mexico City (DF) government will invest some 11.4bn pesos (US$1.03bn) in water and infrastructure works over the next two years, a source from the DF finance ministry confirmed to BNamericas.
$82 million water pipeline to Lexington proposed
- 2007-08-20Louisville Water Co. once again is a player in the decade-old discussion of how best to meet the needs of the underserved water-supply districts in Lexington and surrounding areas.
Brita, Nalgene Launch Plan to Promote Less Wasteful Water Use
- 2007-08-15Brita Products Co. and Nalgene Outdoor Products unveiled a program Monday aimed at steering thirsty consumers from the bottle to the tap.
House Passes Water Projects Bill
- 2007-08-02The House overwhelmingly passed a $20 billion water projects bill Wednesday night despite a promised veto by President Bush, who complains the bill is laden with costly pet projects and shifts new costs onto the government.
City's PUC accused of water grab
- 2007-07-31Two major conservation groups accused the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission today of trying to siphon more water out of the Tuolumne River so that suburbanites could continue watering their lawns in the face of global warming.
South Florida water summit to seek drought answers
- 2007-07-30Imposing year-round watering restrictions and pumping polluted water into Lake Okeechobee to boost depressed water levels are among the unresolved issues expected to surface at today's South Florida water summit.
Nanotech takes on water pollution
- 2007-07-26Cleaning up contaminated water is big business, which explains all the companies coming up with tiny solutions.
In a dry time, plans for water projects flow
- 2007-07-17Acknowledging the specter of drought, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appealed Monday for a $6-billion investment in water works, while the Democratic leader of the state Senate called for a $5-billion water bond measure on next year's ballot.
Council flooded with water rate increase complaints
- 2007-07-10Residents said they are being blindsided by a water rate increase aimed at encouraging conservation, which in some cases could almost double their bills.
Push On to Limit Water Diversions
- 2007-07-03 The governors of Great Lakes states have signed a compact to ban most diversions of water outside the Great Lakes drainage basin.
Thames Water in £1bn leaks plan
- 2007-06-29Thames Water has unveiled plans to spend about £1bn in the next year as it tackles leaky pipes in London.
Toilet water keeps counties green
- 2007-06-18Charlotte will increase its efforts with a $17 million reuse pipeline
Las Vegas Water Battle: 'Crops vs. Craps'
- 2007-06-12The Southern Nevada Water Authority and its water "czar," Patricia Mulroy, hope to eventually tap 65 billion gallons of rural water a year with a 300-mile-long pipeline expected to cost more than $2 billion.