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.

Lake Mead: How Low Can You Flow?

July 20, 2015

Lake Mead supplies 90 percent of Las Vegas’ drinking water and frequently goes low enough to make water managers at the US Bureau of Reclamation nervous. Fluctuating Lake Mead Water Levels Threaten Las Vegas’ Water Supplies It was a sweltering 108-degree June day when I landed in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was there to give […]

50 Alternative Uses For Your Empty Pool

June 16, 2015

Got an empty pool? With drought a perennial topic in the news and outdoor pools requiring major water inputs (just like grass), back in 2015 when the drought was pretty bad, a lot of communities placed restrictions on pools that some people found severe. Although the drought has lingered and last summer’s water restrictions were equally severe, they didn’t […]

Interview: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint Concept

May 21, 2015

Dr. Arjen Hoekstra created the water footprint and opened people’s eyes about sustainable consumption and how humanity uses water. Discover what guided him onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on consumption and water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more. Dr. Arjen Hoekstra sadly passed away unexpectedly in […]

Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

March 22, 2015

Virtual water (or hidden water) use makes up the majority of our water footprint. This unseen water use includes the water it took to produce the food we eat, the products we buy, the energy we consume and even the water we save when we recycle. Your Hidden Water Use Water Might Surprise You Drought […]

Water Leak? Fix It and Forget It

March 16, 2015

On average in the US, we waste 14 out of every 100 gallons of water from leaks. That’s a lot of treated, drinkable water going into the ground, or even worse, into your walls and floors! Water leaks waste a lot of water. Once you fix them, you can forget them. Did you know that […]

Interview: Your Water Footprint with Author Stephen Leahy

November 3, 2014

Stephen Leahy is an award-winning environmental journalist who’s taken a particular interest in what he calls the “hidden world of virtual water” that surrounds us. Stephen Leahy wrote Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products, to illustrate the somewhat mysterious concept of virtual water using graphics and […]

For California Drought, Past is Key to Understanding the Future

March 13, 2014

While California is the agricultural hub of the United States, limited rainfall causes a California drought and makes farming tricky. While forecasting future rainfall is a shaky business, a turn towards California’s hydrological history might be useful to understand the possible climate and water availability scenarios the state might encounter. Hydrological History Sheds Light on […]

Everything You Know About Water Conservation is Probably Wrong…

March 10, 2014

Are you wise to the ways of water conservation? You might be surprised by how much water you use around your house. Most people underestimate which of their daily activities affects their water footprint the most. Do you know a lot about water conservation? Let’s find out. 1. Which of these water conservation actions saves […]

Save Fisheries, Save Water

February 18, 2014

Saltwater fish production can help to meet the increasing protein demands of a growing population. But can it do so without substantially increasing the water footprint of humanity? Saltwater Fish Production Requires No Water  Whoever thought that eating saltwater fish could help protect freshwater? Unlike land-based sources of protein including meat and dairy, saltwater fish […]