Water Quality

August 4, 2014--Fracking without fresh water (High Country News)

In 1913, a Toronto lawyer named David Fasken bought 220,000 acres of ranchland in west Texas, sight unseen. He intended to subdivide the land, on the arid Llano Estacado, into farm plots. But he abandoned that idea once he saw how little water there was.

August 3, 2014--Tucson looks at treating wastewater for drinking (Arizona Daily Star)

Tucson is taking its first tentative dip into the sometimes turbulent waters of recycling treated sewage effluent for drinking. Tucson Water has produced a detailed long-range plan and an accompanying timetable that calls for building a pilot project to recycle wastewater for potable use as soon as three years from now.

August 3, 2014--Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering (Christian Science Monitor)

“Look underneath you,” commands Nate Gray, a burly biologist for the state of Maine. He reaches down to the grate floor of a steel cage perched on a dam straddling the Sebasticook River, and pulls back a board revealing the roiling river 30 feet below.

August 3, 2014--Man-made wetlands turn wastewater into tap water (Washington Post)

As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into the area drinking supply.

August 2, 2014--Toledo can’t drink its water--there’s an economics lesson there (Washington Post)

Politicians in Toledo, Ohio, love to fight about what should be built in their city and where. Nine years ago, in the midst of a mayoral campaign, the big fight was over whether to build a Costco in a dying shopping center at the edge of a leafy university neighborhood. The store eventually was built; Saturday morning, lines of shoppers stretched through it.

July 31, 2014--Emerging water loss regulations open the doors for innovation (Water Online)

For a long time the focus in the drinking water space has been on water quality. While this is extremely important, there is another pressing water issue that should take the forefront, says Brian Labelle of GF Piping Systems.

July 30, 2014--Groundwater depletion in Colorado River Basin poses big risk to water security (National Geographic)

Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin.

July 30, 2014--Smarter urban water: How dammed Denver turned to ridiculing waste (Guardian)

“A lot of suburban water planners plan for yesterday,” says Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water District. But in Denver the national baby boomer vogue for suburban “ranchettes” with water-sucking lawns so big that you need a tractor to mow them is giving way to a millennial preference for downtown living in condos and lofts.

July 29, 2014--Controlling water quality in the age of pollution and natural disasters (Phys.org)

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy damaged more than 100 drinking water supply facilities and sewage treatment plants, leaving the state of New York, with an unexpected $2 billion bill to repair them. On the other side of the globe, drinking water even kilometres from the Fukushima power plant in Japan still is, today, a life gamble.

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