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Water consumption down in U.S., study finds, but Northwest residents' use above average

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management

Water usage dropped 13 percent since 2005, the lowest since 1970, a study finds. Idaho was listed as leading the nation in water usage. http://www.oregonlive.com -

Will the water last in California?

Posted By goopsgoops in Hydrogeology , Planning and Management

California's 21st century version of the gold rush is a rush for water. As new regulations approach, people are waiting months -- even years -- to get new water wells drilled." http://www.kcra.com -

Companies and water: Value diluted | The Economist

Posted By Kaveh in Planning and Management

Water is a growing business problem. Many companies haven’t noticed

Water—its scarcity, quality and the regulations affecting it—is becoming a new corporate headache. A survey by CDP, a research firm that works for institutional investors, finds that in almost two-thirds of the world’s largest listed companies responsibility for dealing with water problems lies at board level. An increasing number of bosses say water is or will soon become a constraint on their firm’s growth. They are right to worry, but most firms are not doing much about the problem. http://www.economist.com -

Iran's Looming Water Crisis: Symptoms, Roots and Exit Strategies (Seminar on Nov 13 @London)

Posted By Kaveh in Planning and Management

In case you are in London and are interested in learning more about the current water situation in Iran.

Speaker: Kaveh Madani, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Chair: Tony Allan, King's College London
Date: 13 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM
Finishes: 13 November 2014Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Seminar
Series: International Seminar Series on Iran’s Environmental Sustainability at SOAS
Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies
Sponsor: Soudavar Memorial Foundation

Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, similar to the other countries in the region, Iran is experiencing a serious water crisis. This presentation reviews the current status of water resources in Iran and recognizes three major causes for the current water crisis: (1) rapid population growth and inappropriate spatial population distribution; (2) inefficient agriculture sector; and (3) mismanagement and thirst for development.

This presentation is based on Madani's recent publication in the Middle East Water Security Forum of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, entitled Water management in Iran: what is causing the looming crisis? http://www.soas.ac.uk -

Despite water bond vote, California drought relief elusive

Posted By aqua in Planning and Management

Voters in California on Tuesday easily approved a $7.2 billion bond initiative to fund various state water projects.

The measure includes funding for new water storage projects, water recycling efforts, storm water recovery, building of new dams and efforts to provide safe drinking water for those in need.

But relief from the severe drought—now heading into its fourth year—won't be so easy to come by, analysts admit. http://www.cnbc.com -

Kale or fracking? Farmers and corporations fight it out for water | The Guardian

Posted By aqua in Planning and Management

Which would you rather have: lettuce and carrots for your salads, or affordable gasoline for your car? Affordable food prices or affordable electricity?

In California, fracking is taking the water that farmers need – and it’s no anomaly. There is a water conflict looming between industry and agriculture http://www.theguardian.com -

NASA: Major droughts threaten food supply, global security

Posted By aqua in Hydrology , Planning and Management

Water in the world’s largest aquifers is being pumped out at greater rates than can be replenished naturally. NASA says this poses a greater threat to US food supplies and global security than previously thought.

Groundwater in the globe’s largest aquifers – the US High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China and India – is being depleted at alarming rates according to new analysis by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The majority of the aquifers lie under the world’s great agricultural regions – and 80 percent of the world’s fresh water usage is in growing crops – meaning their reduction poses a serious threat to the world’s food supply. http://rt.com -

Brazil drought: Sao Paulo sleepwalks into water crisis

Posted By teddyRIO in Hydrology , Planning and Management

Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo has been struggling with a severe drought for months, but local authorities seem slow to acknowledge the crisis, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports. http://www.bbc.co.uk -