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.

Beef: The “King” of the Big Water Footprints

August 1, 2011

When a prince talks farming you listen. This is nothing new for the GRACE FoodPrint folks, but as the “water guy,” that’s all I could think about shortly after reading Chris Hunt’s roundup (or “knowledge dump”) of the speakers and themes from May’s Future of Food conference. The “Prince” in question is sadly not his […]

Power and Water Collide

June 22, 2011

A report from the union of Concerned Scientists details the collisions between power production and water use throughout the United States. The power industry has a water addiction and it’s in denial about it The unmistakable fact is that power plants are responsible for 41 percent of all water withdrawals in the United States, slightly less than the combined […]

Interview: Matt Malina of NYC H2O

April 21, 2011

Water educator Matt Malina loves New York City’s water system so much he created NYC H2O, a series of educational tours and lectures about the city’s infrastructure. Matt Malina of NYC H2O loves water! Water educator and math tutor Matt Malina, who grew up in New York City’s East Village, loves his city’s water system […]

FIJI Water and its Parent Company Leave Locals High and Dry

December 20, 2010

FIJI Water shut down operations on Fiji Island over a kerfuffle with the government involving a stiffer water withdrawal tax. The the next day the company agreed to the higher tax and reopened the water bottling plant. FIJI Water versus Fijian Government The popular face of excessive bottled water use, FIJI Water, recently shut down […]

Recycling is Patriotic

November 12, 2010

Every November 15th is America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. 35 Percent of Americans Don’t Recycle Okay, so every day should be America Recycles Day, but  November 15 is “the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the […]

Coke vs. Pepsi 2.0: The Taste of Water Footprints, Bluewashing and the Bottom Line

October 14, 2010

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have a new challenge: Which company can convince the public that it uses less water through conservation and efficiency? And when all is said and done, does it mean that their company’s water footprint is zero? A New Cola War? From the many news streams that flowed out of last month’s World […]

Water Scarcity? How About Water Independence?

July 2, 2010

With planning, management, engineering and smart economics,  we can turn the tide on the water crisis we’re headed into and achieve water independence. We can avoid diving into a water crisis. Many of us in the environmental field have been talking about how we’re running out of freshwater, how we’re in a time of peak […]

Water – A New Normal?

April 27, 2010

California might be in a drought or we may be seeing a new normal for precipitation. In any case, why are we growing rice and cotton on land that receives such limited rainfall? “Men who have created new fruits in the world cannot create a system whereby their fruits may be eaten. And the failure […]