Some towns in northern NSW are likely to see empty dams next year.
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Once water is used in washing, cleaning or even sewerage it can be safely and reliably treated. The treated water is then safe to drink – identical to the original water.
Lagos was affected positively and negatively by Nigeria’s emergence as a crude oil producer in the 1970s.
The foundations of orderliness for any city are planning and management. Lagos had this in place in the early days.
Warning signs in the Newark Health Department after the city learned that lead service lines to houses still were contaminating water.
Newark is the latest US city to struggle with high lead levels in drinking water. Ending this public health crisis will require more money and enforcement, plus stricter water testing standards.
Disgust may be an impediment to many of us adopting more sustainable lifestyles, from considering alternative foods to drinking recycled water
Disgust has its evolutionary advantages, but is also a barrier to more sustainable consumption. Marketing may help.
Digital attacks can cause havoc in different places all at the same time.
Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
Visualization of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in space over a tropical cyclone.
Climate change threatens the water supply of nations around the world. But it's difficult to measure whether a region has sufficient water to satisfy the people who live there. Could satellites help?
A woman draws water from a well in Wereta, Ethiopia.
Good news – underground aquifers could be a reliable source of drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa even as the climate warms.
Micha Berry of the city of Fresno, Calif., which relies heavily on groundwater for its drinking water supply, repairs a groundwater well pump in 2013.
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Millions of Americans rely on groundwater for their lives and livelihoods, but regulation is piecemeal. A new study maps groundwater wells nationwide and finds that they are drilling steadily deeper.
Sunburnt Victorian fields are set to become more common under climate change.
Hitting the Paris targets will go a long way to securing Melbourne's water supply against future pressure.
Our respondents said they preferred sweet drinks as they believed the cost of packaged mineral water was as expensive or more expensive than sugary beverages.
In Indonesia, not all children can get clean and safe drinking water. The latest research shows this can drive them to consume sweet beverages instead, posing a risk to their health.
Bottled water distribution in Glenwood, Iowa, where massive spring flooding along the Missouri River disrupted drinking water treatment, April 3, 2019.
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A grade of 92 is an A at most schools, but for tap water it means that millions of Americans drink water that fails to met federal standards.
How long has that water already been in the system?
In many municipalities, aging water infrastructure is serving fewer people than it was built to accommodate. Out of sight has meant out of mind – but resulting changes in water quality may affect safety.
In sub-Saharan Africa, upgrading water infrastructure requires substantial investment and a sustainable model.
Decision making on water infrastructure in peri-urban areas is challenging. But lessons have been learnt from a water project in Mozambique.
The dry Kluane Lake in Yukon Territory.
Extreme events, from floods to droughts to polluted drinking water threatens Canadians' safety.
Tourist are a high-risk group for drownings.
Just because a beach is accessible, has restaurants, lounge chairs and vendors, and is near a resort, does not mean it's safe.
Hoosick Fall, N.Y. is one of many U.S. communities whose drinking water has been contaminated with PFOA or PFOS.
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EPA is moving to regulate two chemicals from a group called PFAS that are contaminating drinking water. A public health expert explains why the agency should take much broader action.
The largest desalination plant in Australia, Victoria’s A$3.5 billion ‘water factory’ can supply nearly a third of Melbourne’s needs.
Sydney and Melbourne are bringing desalination plants back on stream and Adelaide plans to increase its plant's output. Perth depends on desalination. But is it the best way to achieve water security?
Biscuit Brook, a popular fly fishing spot in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
The Trump administration wants to end federal protection under the Clean Water Act for many small streams and wetlands. But as a geoscientist explains, these are critical parts of large river systems.
A study of drinking water sourced from groundwater in areas of intensive farming and horticulture found nitrate levels are already high and rising.
Nitrate in drinking water has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. That could have implications for some parts of New Zealand where nitrate levels are high.
Your plants would certainly love a drink this summer. But which water is best?
Plants can find it tough to get all the nitrogen they need, especially from Australian soils. But summer storms can provide an added boost.