News Briefs

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.

11 Little Ways You Can Protect The Most Important Resource

May 20, 2020

Water is the most important resource. Are you using it wisely both inside and outside of your home? Blogger Jillee Nystul has 11 simple suggestions to help you save more. She even suggests that you check your water footprint using our favorite water calculator! As Jillee points out, no matter where you live, water is […]

Sea Level Rise Could Harm Drinking Water

May 19, 2020

As climate change continues to cause sea level rise, some regions will experience saltwater intrusions into their drinking water supplies. When drinking water supplies get too salty, they are no longer drinkable and it costs huge amounts of money and resources to find solutions. Water resource managers and public officials are concerned that when rivers […]

Water Shutoffs Are Suspended, But the Bills Will Still Be Due

May 18, 2020

Washing your hands for 20 seconds (two rounds of the Happy Birthday song) is part of the holy trinity of keeping your self healthy as the novel Coronavirus makes its way across the country. It’s hard to wash your hands without water in your home, but many who can’t afford to pay their water bills […]

Food Tank Interview Shows Value of the Calculator Lesson Plans

May 15, 2020

The Water Footprint Calculator (WFC) lesson plans teach students about the value of water to most every aspect of human life, from growing food to producing energy. Food Tank reached out to the WFC team to find out how the lesson plans help people better understand the many steps it takes to make our lifestyles […]

Impacts of Water Usage During Coronavirus Pandemic

May 14, 2020

The impact of the global shutdown brought about by the Coronavirus is evident in photos showing clearer air and water in places that haven’t seen clear air and water in awhile. But with so many people staying home, what’s the impact on our water usage? According to the Pacific Institute’s Dr. Peter Gleick, while we’re […]

In Western US, Cattle Feed Drains Water

May 11, 2020

Cattle feed production in the Western United States account for 32 percent of water use in those arid lands and irrigation of cattle feed crops is the greatest cause of water depletion for one-third of rivers in the West, according to a study published in Nature Sustainability. The team of researchers investigated the West to […]

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in COVID-19

May 1, 2020

The nexus between water, energy, and food today is fragile—made all the more so by climate change, catastrophic weather events, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria provided a good example of recovery of the WEF Nexus as all three systems were destroyed and recovery efforts focused on urban areas. […]

PBS Documentary Alert: H₂O, The Molecule That Made Us

April 28, 2020

H₂O, The Molecule That Made Us, is a three-part documentary series “that tells the human story through our relationship to water. Water has been at the heart of the human story since the very beginning, and now, we face a crisis of unprecedented proportions: we can no longer take water for granted.” The series is […]

Las Vegas Water Authority Drops Controversial Pipeline As Water Use Drops

April 20, 2020

A controversial water pipeline that pitted Las Vegas against a rural area in Nevada for 30 years was ended for now. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) — in charge of Las Vegas’ water supply — doesn’t currently view the rural groundwater as vital. Conservation by Las Vegas metro area households and businesses has driven […]