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.

EPA: Water Professionals are Essential Workers

April 12, 2020

On March 30, the EPA designated water professionals — like water and wastewater treatment operators, and water utility managers — as essential workers. This might seem obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it solidifies the importance of safe, clean water and those who work in that field. From the EPA news release: Ensuring that all […]

Your Plastic Has a Water Footprint

April 6, 2020

Plastic pollution is everywhere, and it’s not just the plastic water bottle floating in the stream. The environmental impact of plastic extends not only to plastic in the water, but also the water it takes to produce the plastic. The water footprint of plastic comes to about 28 gallons of water per pound of plastic, […]

Federal Aid to Halt Water Shutoffs Dropped From Massive Coronavirus Bill

March 27, 2020

Clean water and good hygiene are an essential pair to fight back against the coronavirus pandemic, yet water shutoffs in low-income homes are happening in all 50 states, according to Food & Water Action’s Public Water for All Campaign. Efforts to suspend tap water shutoffs during the economic turmoil were foiled when the $1.5 billion […]

EPA: Tap Water is Safe to Drink During Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020

Tap water in the United States is safe to drink in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an advisory by the EPA. It’s understandable that people might be concerned about how the novel coronavirus might affect drinking water and wastewater utilities, and the EPA provides some answers. From the EPA advisory Coronavirus and […]

It’s 2020 Fix a Leak Week

March 16, 2020

It’s national Fix a Leak Week in the United States. The EPA-initiated event starts on Monday, March 16 and ends on World Water Day, Sunday, March 22. Fixing easily completed water leaks can save homeowners around 10 percent on their water bills and reduce the burden on water treatment utilities. Stuck at home during your […]

A Deep Dive Into the Confusing World of Sustainable Beauty

March 10, 2020

There are many definitions of “sustainable” when it comes to beauty products, with a whopping 66 eco-labels around the world relevant to cosmetics and personal care. One label that piques the interest of those of us at Water Footprint Calculator is the “waterless beauty” label. This South Korean term generally refers to products containing no water. […]

Changes to the Water Footprint Calculator Website

March 9, 2020

We at GRACE Communications Foundation are happy to announce the updates made to our award-winning Water Footprint Calculator (WFC) website. We gave the site a new, streamlined look, and we improved the functionality, expanded the content and updated the data and sources behind the calculations. Completed by more than 1.3 million site visitors since its […]

US Livestock Use Less Water Than 1960, But Other Problems Apparent

March 2, 2020

While livestock and poultry production in the United States has risen substantially since 1960, the amount of water used has dropped, according to research from University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Global Institute. A few factors have contributed to this drop in water use, such as selective breeding, genetic engineering and the larger sizes of […]

In Australian Wildfires' Aftermath, Water Pollution Piles Up

February 27, 2020

Wildfires that wracked southeastern Australia for months laid waste to millions of acres of land, and as a terrible consequence, is causing widespread water pollution. As rain washes over the charred land, literally tons of ash, debris and chemicals are carried into streams, rivers and other waterways, which has created huge fishkills and contaminated water […]