Water is essential for human security and one of the engines of sustainable socio-economic development. It is an essential element for the eradication of poverty and hunger.
Water is a precious resource which is gradually getting scarcer. More than half of the world population will be living with water shortage within 50 years because of a worldwide water crisis, according to a report issued b ... read more >>
Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR), Africa’s third-largest producer of the metal, must pay to clean up water pollution near mines west of Johannesburg even after selling the land five years ago, South Africa’s Court of Appeal ruled.
Harmony, which owned the affected area in the West Rand from 2003 to 2008, must contribute to rehabilitation costs with AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. and Simmer & Jack Mines ... read more >>
South Africa should empower agencies to start managing water-catchment areas and curb losses for a life-sustaining resource that’s in increasingly short supply, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation said.
Leakage from the country’s aging water-distribution infrastructure is worsening scarcity woes, the Paris-based organization said in its first environmental performance re ... read more >>
The great water footprint conundra: Is a smaller foot print really better than a large one? (IWMI) - YouTube
ater footprints measure the amount of water consumed or applied in the production of a good or service. A single cup of coffee, for example, has a water foot print of 140 liters of water. The concept is widely publicized and is now beginning to influence government policy. But according Dennis Wichelns, professor at the Institute of Water Policy National University of Singapore, that is a mistake ... read more >>
Conserving resources ought to be a no-brainer, at least to this crowd, but connecting our daily habits with their impact on our wallet might be more convincing that just trying to 'conserve water' or 'reduce our carbon footprint'.
One way to make that connection is through better data, in the form of smart meters for our water and energy consumption, showing us exactly how much water or energy ... read more >>
For the first time since 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will reinstate reporting the amount of water consumed in the production of thermoelectric power, which could allow water resource managers to evaluate the influence of this type of use on the overall water budget of a watershed. A new report presents a method for collecting location and cooling-equipment data that will play a key ro ... read more >>
In light of increased runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds, farmers across the United States are adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem. ... read more >>
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says. So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions. An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year. It was the first study of its kind. ... read more >>
Sources of drinking water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals, and in some cases, radioactive materials, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal or human activity.
In 2008 Houston received 82 percent of its treated drinking wat ... read more >>
The City of Houston Public Works Drinking Water Operations, which serves 2,700,000 people, ranked #95 out of 100 on a Big City Water Ratings list formulated by the Environmental Working Group, although Houston’s drinking water, “continues to meet or exceed all Federal and State standards for safe drinking water,” according to the annual Water Quality Report (pdf).
The group’s data, the focus o ... read more >>