The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.
The federal government's announcement that boil-water advisories on First Nations won't end until 2023 at the earliest isn't surprising. The true crisis is much greater than widely known.
New research finds that tap water avoidance is on the rise in the US, especially among minorities. An expert on water and health calls for better public education about water quality and testing.
Women and girls are forced to spend hours each day hauling water for their households. Beyond harming both physical and mental health, this takes time away from economic activities and caregiving.
Water privatization is often seen as a solution to municipal budget shortfalls and aging water systems.
The damage mining causes to Sydney's water supplies is unsustainable, and the law has failed to stop it.
A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.
Infrastructure for the mining industry has been prioritized over community-infrastructure for essential human needs.
To continue to sustain or grow populations — and economies — more is going to have to be done with the same amount of water, or even less.
Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.
Buildings aren't the only things at risk in wildfires. Recent disasters in California have left local water system contaminated with toxic chemicals afterward, slowing return and recovery.
When two or more epidemics co-exist and compound one another to worsen health, they are said to be syndemic. COVID-19 is feeding on other crises and diseases.
Warmer waters, heavier storms and nutrient pollution are a triple threat to Great Lakes cities' drinking water. The solution: Cutting nutrient releases and installing systems to filter runoff.
Water is essential for health, economic well-being and social equity, but too many people around the world still don't have access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
Five capital city water storages fell over summer, and some appear to be facing dramatic long-term declines. Late drenching rains fell on southeastern Australia, but some unlucky centres missed out.
Wildfires reduce the reliability of city water supplies in North America. But active forest management provides a key to the solution.
Researchers continue to find PFAS-contaminated sites and waterways. Perhaps it is time to consider wider bans on these persistent chemicals.
The water that replenishes groundwater, rivers and lakes is under threat from climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure.