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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. AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka

Drilling deeper wells is a band-aid solution to US groundwater woes

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.
Which council has Australia’s best-tasting water? Arthur Chapman/Flickr

Why does some tap water taste weird?

Every year councils around Australia compete to prove they have the best-tasting tap water in the country.
The future of Perth’s urban wetlands is in doubt. Orderinchaos/Wikimedia Commons

Is Perth really running out of water? Well, yes and no

Perth, unlike Cape Town, faces no prospect of its tapwater running out. But other problems lurk beneath the surface, as the city's drying climate puts increasing pressure on irrigation and wetlands.
Drilling for water in the Karoo where one major concern from fracking is that groundwater will be affected in the shale gas extraction process. Danita Hohne

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

A vulnerability map could help assess the risks associated with fracking and groundwater which around 300 towns depend on in South Africa's Karoo.

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