Rescuing an aquifer

Leonardo da Vinci is noted for saying, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” It is so important and blankets most of the Earth but only a small percentage is available for our use. Groundwater, water that is...

Grass Gets the Cut

As water in the Colorado River continues to dwindle, the region dependent upon it is scrambling to find ways to curtail its decline. Seven states rely on water from the river, the amounts governed by the...

Desal Scores Again

As California searches for ways to mitigate its growing water vulnerability, the state has turned to desalination as a means of increasing its water supply with four currently in operation that produce...

1 in 10 unable to pay for water in CA

When prices of commonly used items go up, consumers must make decisions as to the value of those items and whether they are affordable; but what if water is the item in question? Water is arguably...

Desalination to help fight Drought in Orange County

All living things need water to survive, and as drought conditions grip more of the world, it becomes vitally important to find ways to extend resources. Earth is comprised of 70% water which should be...

Nonprofits Incentivizing Conservation

Climate change creates a vicious cycle for water: Increased temperatures and prolonged drought lead to less precipitation and increased reliance on groundwater; reliance on groundwater leads to over-pumping...

Waiting for Deadpool?

One of the greatest challenges facing our country is the growing water crisis in the western states. Years of drought and overuse have created vulnerability in the water systems throughout the...

Baltimore Water Contamination

Stories of cities reeling from catastrophes stemming from aging and underinvested water infrastructure have riddled the news: Contamination from lead pipes in Flint and Benton Harbor, Michigan...

Texas Water Crisis

Climate change impacts are posing escalating threats to rivers throughout the western U.S., endangering their existence along with that of the communities they serve. The crisis facing...

Jackson, MS Water Crisis

Approximately 90 percent of Americans receive their water from public drinking water systems; however, the country’s water systems are aging and failing, showing the consequence of...

Climate Change Impacts

Water infrastructure is vital to everyone, yet nationwide it has not been given proper care. Hidden underground, these systems have gone largely unattended and have been allowed to deteriorate...

California’s Quest for Water

California is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to generate water; the Golden State has considered ways to conserve, store, reuse, and desalinate water. As it continues to experience...

California’s Water Supply Strategy

The Western U.S. keeps getting hotter and drier.  According to the EPA, since 2000 the Southwest has experienced an increase in average temperatures by as much as...

Feds cut Colorado River allocation again

In 1922, as part of the Colorado River Compact, the Colorado River was divided into two basins:  The Upper Basin comprised of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming and the Lower Basin...

Decades of Disinvestment in Michigan

We all rely on water and on the infrastructure that transports it to satisfy countless daily needs - drinking, cooking, bathing, agriculture, manufacturing, waste transport, and fire...

Piping Mississippi River water to the west

The ominous water circumstances facing the Western U.S. are prompting many to look for other means to accommodate the water needs of the region’s population. As the Colorado River continues to...

Cities activate water management plans

For much of the country, summer means higher temperatures and decreased precipitation.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 122 million people across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are facing abnormal dryness ...

Interstate Water Battles

The value of water is indisputable, and that point is demonstrated worldwide in countries that struggle to maintain adequate and clean water supplies.  In the U.S., there are ...

Fire and Water

Climate change spawns evident consequences to the environment:  glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, seasonal and precipitation patterns are changing, and temperatures are climbing.  As less rain falls and droughts amplify ...

Water security is now a key US foreign policy priority

The U.S. faces a myriad of water challenges, many of which are related to climate change; others are the result of inaction over the course of decades to appropriate funding toward infrastructure maintenance and upgrades. ...

CA Desalination Plant Rejected

Water scarcity, a growing global phenomenon, has compelled mankind to seek additional water sources, and many are turning to the most abundant water source on the planet—the ocean ...

Aquifer depletion in the high plains

America’s high plains often evoke images of fields of crops that stretch as far as the eye can see, but that was not always the case. Having a semi-arid climate, the region was initially brown grasslands, only becoming the breadbasket of the world after World War II when technologies such as diesel-powered pumps were developed that vastly increased water extraction capabilities from deep within the ground ...

MRI for California Groundwater/Electromagnetic surveying

California is thirsty and needs all the help it can get toward saving and extending water supplies ...

So Cal Water Restrictions

The coming months will pose challenging water conditions for California. The Drought Monitor data dated June 7 puts 98 percent of the state in severe drought. Drought has become commonplace for the state in the past 22 years, earning the moniker “megadrought,” which signifies dry conditions lasting two decades or more....

Arizona’s Uncertain Water Future

The Colorado River Tier 1 water shortage declaration in August of 2021 and the recent actions by the Bureau of Reclamation to protect Lake Powell’s water level are stark reminders that water isn’t guaranteed, especially in the desert ...

Minnesota Water Supply Legislation

White Bear Lake, Minnesota suffers the same predicament as many other communities across the country: growth that challenges resource availability, specifically water ...

Lake Powell Emergency Actions

The Colorado River often headlines the news with stories related to declining water levels, climate change, and megadrought. Those levels have reached 1200-year historic lows, prompting American Rivers, a conservation group, to rank it as the most endangered river in the U.S. ...

Well Water Fees for California

The importance of groundwater cannot be overstated. Globally, as much as 50 percent of the population gets a portion of its drinking water from groundwater. As the world population continues to swell and these water sources become increasingly vulnerable, sustainable water management has become key to securing long-term availability ...

Municipal Investments

The nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure systems are in trouble. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s drinking water infrastructure system is comprised of 2.2 million miles of pipes; the wastewater infrastructure has over 1 million miles of public and private sewers ...

New Direction for Farms

The world population is growing by approximately one percent each year, and feeding the swelling numbers is problematic and will become more so in the future with climate change and water scarcity driving the dilemma ...

Hope is Drying up in California

After a series of storms in December, Californians were hopeful that the drought beleaguering the state would be alleviated. Unfortunately, that hope dried up when precipitation slowed, and January and February were the driest in over 100 years ...

Introducing NextEra Distributed Water

In 2020, Sustainable Water proudly became a part of NextEra Energy Resources, a clean energy leader and one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S. We’re pleased to announce the next step in our journey: Sustainable Water is now NextEra Distributed Water. “NextEra Distributed Water...

Water Problems in Pittsburgh

Throughout the country, states are beset with issues related to water, stemming not only from drought but also from failing water systems, for both drinking and sewage.  Lack of funding and mismanagement are often at the heart of these issues resulting in a national grade of C- from the American Society of Civil Engineers ...

Utah City Looks for Water

Utah is the second driest state in the country based on state-wide average participation, and according to U.S. census data Utah is tied for second for the fastest growing population.  In times of climate change and extended drought, the combination of these characteristics is unsettling...

Data-challenged in New Mexico?

Living with water insecurity is a reality to which much of the country is adjusting.  Climate change and extended periods of drought lead many to turn to conservation and water projects to provide solutions to the problem...