News, Articles and Interviews

News briefs and articles about water footprints, water use and availability, as well as interviews with key people in the fields of water footprints and water use.

Oil and Gas Production in Texas Creates Massive Amounts of Toxic Wastewater

October 27, 2022

Oil and gas production in Texas creates 38 billion barrels of of toxic wastewater per year and there are limited reuse options for it. It’s a water-energy nexus nightmare! Oil and gas production creates a lot of wastewater that is expensive to treat. West Texas is the top oil producing region in the country, and […]

Utah Water Levels, Development and Property Taxes

October 26, 2022

Utah water levels remain low along with those in the rest of the Southwestern states. Now, legislators are asking if property taxes should continue to pay for development or if water costs should be covered by user fees, as the megadrought rages on. Utah water levels are low, but the development rages on. Western states […]

Imagine a Day Without Tap Water

October 20, 2022

Imagine a day without tap water. Can you do it? Imagine a day without tap water. Can you do it? And while we’re at it, do you know where your tap water comes from?  We’re not talking about the bottled water you pay way too much money for in the store. When you turn on […]

Imagine a Day Without Virtual Water

October 20, 2022

Imagine a day without “virtual water,” or all the water it takes to make the food, energy and consumer goods you depend on. It’s not hard to imagine a day without tap water to brew a cup of coffee, take a shower or water your plants. Imagining a day without “virtual water”? Not so intuitive. […]

Circle of Blue: Algae Blooms Keep Worsening as Agriculture Keep Polluting

September 30, 2022

A Circle of Blue series show that algae blooms are often tied to agricultural pollution that goes largely unregulated. The water and environment news outlet, Circle of Blue, created an important six-part series on the problem of harmful algal blooms and the difficult — but possible — solutions. Agricultural pollution sits at the the center […]

Colorado River Forecast Looks Bleak — Cut Back Further — Says Federal Government

August 17, 2022

The Colorado River forecast is a bad and water cuts are expected, reports the US federal government. As expected, the 24-month water forecast for the Colorado River Basin looks bleak with shallow reservoirs causing the first-ever Tier 2 water shortage, according to the federal US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). Due to the ongoing 23-year megadrought, […]

A Dry Climate Could Mean Water and Power Shortages

August 4, 2022

A drying climate in the American Southwest could lead to hydroelectric power shortages as lakes empty. Impact of a Dry Climate on Energy and Agriculture As the country’s two largest lakes – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – empty out from the effects of climate change on the region’s precipitation patterns, loss of power from […]

WaterLoop Podcast, Meet The Water Footprint Calculator

July 15, 2022

The waterloop podcast took time to discuss the Water Footprint Calculator and the importance of water footprints. An episode of the waterloop podcast featured the Water Footprint Calculator, with discussions about the importance of water footprints to everyday life and how the project gives people tools and resources to reduce their footprint. The podcast is […]

California Water Watch: A New Tool Helping Californians Cope With the Drought

June 6, 2022

California Water Watch is a new tool released by the Department of Water Resources that lets Californians look up their local water conditions. California Water Watch is a new site created by the California Department of Water Resources. The site compiles data from multiple sources in a way that allows users to view hydrological conditions […]