The Colorado River Commission of Nevada endorsed a plan to pump and pipe groundwater from counties north of the Las Vegas Valley to southern Nevada. The plan, with a cost estimated in the billions, would relieve some of the pressure from dropping water levels in Lake Mead.
Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city, could soon run out of drinking water. Rapid population growth, demand for a narcotic leaf, and climate change may drain the area of water by 2020.
Portland, Oregon’s City Council approved a plan to fluoridate the city’s water by 2014, a proposal that’s been hotly debated. Opponents plan to collect enough signatures to force a referendum in May 2014.
The updated Great Lakes environmental accord aims to bolster ongoing cleanup efforts while focusing on new problems. Among the prioritized initiatives: phosphorus reductions in Lake Erie, invasive species defense through ballast water, and climate change effect management.
Desalination is set to become a $US 17 billion business by 2017, according to a forecast by industry consultant Global Water Intelligence. Breakthroughs in energy savings and city and industry demand will drive desalination equipment orders to record highs above their current $US 8.9 billion total.
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Please conserve water. Rainwater is for free; harvest it, store it in water tanks and re-use it. If everyone could do this we would not need to go through the desalination process. And of course …. Someone must pay for that. …