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.

Food and Water: Why Some Foods Have Larger Water Footprints Than Others

March 10, 2022

Food and water are closely connected. The Water Footprint of Food Guide helps users figure out how much water their food uses and why. Food and water are closely connected. The Water Footprint of Food Guide shines a light on just how much water it takes to make some of the most common foods you […]

Online Tools Reveal the Water Footprint of Food

March 7, 2022

Online Tools Show How Water and Food Are Bound Together Online Tools Help Teach About the Connections Between Water and Food Online tools help educators teach complex topics. To illuminate the complex and vital connection between water and food, the Water Footprint Calculator project created the Water Footprint of Food Guide and the Water Footprint […]

Learning to Tread Lightly: Water Footprint Education and Water Risk

February 23, 2022

Learning about water footprints can be an important, if overlooked, first step in managing water risk for the public. Originally published in Water Resources IMPACT Magazine’s January/February 2022 edition. Water risk is at the forefront of contemporary environmental concerns—but it can also have far-reaching socioeconomic impacts. Just look at the past year: economists are still […]

Water Shortages Increase Investment Risks in Companies

August 20, 2021

Water shortages that impact business operations could create risk for investors by lowering stock prices, but not all companies report water use data. Water Shortages Lead to Water Risks Water shortages could impact investors in unfortunate ways through reduced company productivity, and, consequently, reduced stock prices. Unfortunately, while many companies might have policies that address […]

As Western US Drought Deepens, Agriculture Must Adapt…Again

May 24, 2021

Drought covers almost the entire Western US, which means the biggest water user — agriculture — must adapt to water shortages. Drought now extends across 96 percent of the American West, with more than 50 percent either in “exceptional” or “extreme” drought. With the coming summer and dry months ahead, prospects don’t look promising for […]

New York City Watersheds Provide More Than Just Drinking Water

March 19, 2021

The New York City Water System places a high value on its watersheds, as we see in the quality of its drinking water and the variety of products that come from within it. Here, we consider the value of our watersheds for World Water Day, on March 22, with this year’s theme the “value of […]

US Agriculture is Using Less Water, Study Shows

February 17, 2021

US agriculture decreased its overall water use from 1995 to 2010 because of changes in farming practices, as well as changes in domestic food demand and global supply chains. Decline in Agricultural Water Withdrawals Will there be enough water to produce food for burgeoning populations as climate change disruptions amplify water stress? This question looms […]