Floridians need water education / Water shortages will leave world in dire straits [Seminole Chronicle,USA Today]

We need water education. We need to put the issue into perspective. We need to tell Florida that although 75 percent of Earth is covered in water, less than 3 percent of that is fresh and 70 percent of the fresh water is ice. Then factor in pollution making some water unusable, and don’t forget the irrigation and industry uses. What’s left for human consumption? Less than 0.08 percent. Yet, the general public seems to think that water is a commodity that we will always have at our fingertips.

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USA water crisis: Twin Falls: Idaho storage reservoirs are still critically low. [Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV)]

Idaho storage reservoirs are still critically low. Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Although Idaho Power crews have restored power to the city’s water pumps, all of the pumps have not been restarted. Even then, storage reservoirs are still critically low.

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Fukushima Ocean Radiation Was 50 Million Times Above Normal, But No Threat: Scientists

Last April, about a month after the Fukushima nuclear accident, concentrations of cesium-137 in the ocean near the plant peaked at 50 million times above normal levels, according to a study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Society.

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Water crisis worsens in Hyderabad

M. Roushan Ali | May 30, 2012 | Shared as an educational material With the water levels in reservoirs depleting fast, complaints over an acute scarcity of water are pouring in from almost all parts of Hyderabad city. Citizens say a large number of areas in the city are short of water now. The Water […]

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Formaldehyde Pollution Disrupts Water Supplies in Eastern Japan

The discovery of formaldehyde exceeding the government-set limit in water has caused suspensions of some water-purifying facilities in the Kanto eastern Japan region by Saturday, disrupting water supplies to 344,000 households in five cities of Chiba Prefecture.

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Making endangered river safe for drinking. Potomac tops list of endangered rivers in U.S.

With the drinking water source for five million people topping an advocacy group’s list of endangered rivers, the question is inevitable. Is it safe to drink water that comes from the Potomac River?

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Water usage far exceed sustainability level in the desert southwest US.

The American West has a ‘drinking problem.’ On farms and in cities, we are guzzling water at an alarming rate. Scientists say that to live sustainably, we should use no more than 40 percent of the water from the Colorado River Basin. As it is now, we use 76 percent, nearly double the sustainable benchmark.

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Using water from wells leads to sea level rise, cancels out effect of dams.

As people pump groundwater for irrigation, drinking water, and industrial uses, the water doesn’t just seep back into the ground — it also evaporates into the atmosphere, or runs off into rivers and canals, eventually emptying into the world’s oceans. This water adds up, and a new study calculates that by 2050, groundwater pumping will cause a global sea level rise of about 0.8 millimeters per year.

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Save the Water™ Archives Water shortages across the world

THE TASK of providing decent water where needed is becoming increasingly difficult all across the world. Countries have in recent decades been making investments in infrastructure designed to alleviate water shortages. But the response has for the most part overlooked the problem posed by the deteriorating state of aquatic resources. If the growing water crisis is to be effectively addressed, actions will need to link water use with environmental care.

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