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.

California Water Watch: A New Tool Helping Californians Cope With the Drought

June 6, 2022

California Water Watch is a new tool released by the Department of Water Resources that lets Californians look up their local water conditions. California Water Watch is a new site created by the California Department of Water Resources. The site compiles data from multiple sources in a way that allows users to view hydrological conditions […]

Federal Clean Water Rule Updates Are Again Expected. Farmers Are Again Wary.

June 2, 2022

As farmers await, an update to the federal Clean Water Act is expected to be issued by the Biden administration soon. Updates that provide greater protections under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) are expected in the coming months, and many farmers and their associations are wary of potentially tighter new rules to follow. In […]

As Droughts Worsen Globally, Water Scarcity Likely to Grow For Agriculture

May 16, 2022

Drought and water scarcity in agriculture are expected to increase over time, according to two new reports. Drought due to climate change is growing, says a United Nations report, while another study finds that water scarcity is expected to increase in areas where crops are grown by 2050. According to the United Nations Convention to […]

US Electricity Generation Changes Have Meant a Drop in Water Use

January 27, 2022

US Electricity Generation is Changing its Fuel Sources, and Water Use Continues to Drop Over Time US electricity generation—or the way electricity is produced—has changed considerably in recent decades. One major power sector change is the reduction of water withdrawals for power plant cooling, according to newly released US Energy Information Agency (EIA) data. Water […]

Data Center Cooling and Water Stewardship

December 10, 2021

Data center cooling uses a lot of water, but the industry is beginning to use water more sustainably through various actions. Data center cooling takes a lot of water, which is problematic, especially when areas where data centers are located experience water scarcity issues. Some companies are taking steps to improve their water stewardship and […]

Ultra-Processed Food Has Significant Environmental Implications

November 16, 2021

Ultra-processed food has significant environmental implications for Brazil, including an increased national water footprint. Ultra-Processed Food Consumption Has Ecological Implications in Brazil A new study about ultra-processed food in Brazil found that, in addition to health consequences from increased consumption of foods like sausages, prepared meals, margarine, sweets and soft drinks, etc., there are significant […]

Food industry is unprepared for future freshwater shortages, report finds

November 3, 2021

The food industry uses a lot of water, but many food production companies are unprepared for water shortages brought about by climate change, drought and over use. The food industry uses a lot of water. According to the FAO, “Agriculture, and especially irrigated agriculture, is the sector with by far the largest consumptive water use […]

Survey Says…Americans Underestimate Their Water Use

November 1, 2021

A survey finds that Americans aren’t aware of how much water they use A survey from American Water finds that Americans underestimate how much water they use. The survey is unique in that it not only refers to direct, at-home water use, but also includes indirect — or virtual — water use. Virtual water makes […]

Southwest drought linked to climate change in a new report by NOAA 

September 30, 2021

The southwest drought that has hammered drinking water and agricultural water supplies alike, has been linked to climate change by NOAA. The southwest drought currently gripping a substantial portion of the western half of the United States has been linked to climate change in a new report by NOAA. The drought is the most severe […]