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Weekly Water News Summary (25 - 31 October 2014) @WaterWired

Posted By goopsgoops in Fluid Mechanics , Hydrogeology , Hydrology , Planning and Management , Water Quality , Miscellaneous

Here is WaterWired's summary of tweets on water resources news, events, jobs, positions, .... (25 - 31 October 2014). http://aquadoc.typepad.com -

Lebanon must tackle its water crisis head-on

Posted By macy in Planning and Management

Lebanon is no longer the water tower of the Levant. The 2013-2014 winter season was one of the driest in over a century. Between September of last year and May 2014, Lebanon received about 400 millimeters of rainfall, less than half the seasonal average. Lebanon’s water crisis, however, is not merely the result of a dry winter. The lack of rainfall has exposed fundamental shortfalls in the country’s water management policies and infrastructure.

Effective exploitation of groundwater offers the most cost-effective solution to Lebanon’s water woes, as aquifers are natural free-of-charge reservoirs. Groundwater in Lebanon, however, is currently incredibly overexploited. This has resulted in a severe depletion of the water table, salt water intrusion in coastal areas, and higher concentrations of pollutants. According to official documents, there are now 50,000 private boreholes, averaging five sipping wells per square kilometer. This is up from an estimated 3,000 wells in the 1970s. By contrast, there are only 650 sanctioned public wells designed to supply most of the country’s domestic water usage. Historically the exponential increase in the number of wells is primarily the consequence of a desire to seek autonomy from a deficient public network. This is a process which was accelerated during the Civil War, when militias and other parties drilled wells in order to both create and consolidate local dependencies, using water as a socio-communitarian service.

To properly address the current crisis, Lebanon needs to deal head-on with what are essentially water management failures, failures which have been steadily accumulating for many years. To this end, the government must consider these strategies. http://www.dailystar.com.lb -

Election-year water crisis taking a toll on Brazil's economy

Posted By macy in Planning and Management

After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: it is running out of water.

São Paulo state accounts for a third of Brazil's economy and 40 percent of its industrial production, and the water crisis is already crimping factory and farm output as well as the service sector in a stagnant economy.

"There is absolutely no doubt that this is having an impact on industrial production," said Nelson Pereira dos Reis of the São Paulo state industry association Fiesp, which hasn't yet quantified the economic impact. http://www.reuters.com -

These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

Posted By goldstar in Hydrology , Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: http://www.motherjones.com -

Dying for a Drink (Water Infographic)

Posted By Waterlover in Hydrology , Planning and Management , Water Quality , Miscellaneous

This infographic shows how water is used by different sectors around the globe and where in the world people have access to clean drinking water. http://www.nature.com -

California Water Plan (Update 2013)

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management

Update 2013 California Water Plan is final.
Update 2013 is designed to work in tandem, and help implement, the Governor’s Water Action Plan. The online release includes the Highlights booklet which outlines California’s strategic water roadmap. http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov -

Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost in the US through the Leaky Infrastructure (NPR)

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

The US aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone. http://www.npr.org -