Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of the year when the temperatures outside are perfect. The heat of summer is gone, but the chill of winter hasn’t yet set in. We can enjoy the bounty of our table, then move outside for the annual croquet match without adding too many layers.
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Toilet to tap is the term for taking wastewater from residences and businesses, cleaning it up, then sending it back to those same residences and businesses as drinking water. A recent study says that most Americans favor recycling water, but draw the line at toilet to tap. Is it really that bad?
Less than 1% of the fresh water of the world’s fresh water is available for human consumption – even less of that is clean enough to drink.
Last week, India’s highest court ruled that toilets and drinking water must be available in every school in India, both public and private.
Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 1% of that is available for human consumption. Conservation matters. The less water we waste, the more water we have when we need it – like during this year’s drought.
The tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati is struggling with a high child mortality rate, due largely to a lack of access to fresh water.
India released the third draft of its National Water Policy after the first two attempts in January and May met with protests from the states. The latest draft is meant as an umbrella statement focusing on the need for “…a broad overarching national legal framework of general principles on water to lead the way for essential legislation on water governance in every state,” according to the water resources ministry.
The difference in lifestyles between the water rich and the water poor can be astounding. This infographic from Seametrics highlights several differences.
A report from Tourism Concern shows a disproportionate use of water by tourists in the developing world. The difference between daily water use by locals and that by tourists can be as much as 3100 liters (about 820 gallons) per person.
Last week, New Delhi and other major cities faced water shortages when they were denied water by a neighboring state. New Delhi purchases water from nearby states, but Haryana cut off the water supply on Friday.
Water, the New Petrol is a web site which aims to raise awareness of the current state of water issues in the world and the problems related to it. On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced that Water, the New Petrol was one of two web sites that had won the Doors to Diplomacy Award.
A new study shows that agriculture consumes 92% of the world’s fresh water used each year. Arjen Hoekstra and Mesfin Mekonnen of the University of Twente in Enschede in the Netherlands divided the surface of the earth into blocks of 85 square kilometers or less and looked at water consumption patterns for agricultural, industrial, and […]