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.

Cape Town Rations Water Before Reservoirs Hit Zero

October 27, 2017

Due to severe drought, Cape Town, South Africa is imposing extreme conservation measures on it’s 4 million residents in order to avoid having it’s water system turned off. After three years of extremely low rainfall, Capetonians will be allowed no more than 23 gallons per household (equivalent to about a 10-minute shower). This extreme  measure […]

How much water flows into agricultural irrigation?

October 26, 2017

A recently published study figured out how to more precisely monitor agricultural irrigation using satellite and environmental data from Google Earth Engine. Such new research methods are important because agriculture is the largest use of fresh water around the globe, but precise data and maps are in short supply for farmers and water resource managers. […]

Residential End Uses of Water, V. 2

August 25, 2017

This update to the comprehensive Water Research Foundation’s 1999 Residential End Uses of Water study is the gold standard for water use in the United States. The update includes more varied site locations, hot water end use data, more detailed landscape analyses and expanded water rates analyses. The project focused solely on single-family residences. [Circle […]

Your Drinking Water Might Not Be Safe Because of Farm Pollution, Says Environmental Group

August 8, 2017

US water systems may contain contaminants even in trace amounts, according to a new Environmental Working Group database. While the vast majority of the 500,000 water utilities reviewed supply high quality water, smaller systems, especially in places like rural Iowa, have trouble meeting standards for such compounds as nitrates caused by farm pollution. [Des Moines […]