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.

Sewage may help predict future virus outbreaks.

June 15, 2020

The key to finding outbreaks of the COVID-19 may lie in detecting the Coronavirus in sewage. As the United States struggles to establish adequate testing programs in communities around the country, testing for the virus in sewage might present a collective early warning tool that could indicate an outbreak among specific communities. Based on methods […]

Improve water supply in poorer nations to cut plastic use

June 12, 2020

Countries that want to cut their plastic use and address a significant source of plastic litter in waterways should improve their infrastructure and build a safe water supply, according to a new report that looked at solutions to stop plastic pollution in the ocean. Many developing and middle-income countries struggle with both water quality and […]

Kitchen Waste Is Often Water Waste

June 11, 2020

The spread of the Coronavirus has given us all a reason to wash our hands more and, unfortunately, water waste. Lately, it seems like most kitchen waste is water waste. There is a lot of perfectly good drinking water involved in all the hand washing that is going right down the drain, but there are […]

Ask Eartha: How to save water (and money) at home

June 10, 2020

On average, we use about 60 gallons of water per person per day inside our houses and it’s important to learn how to save water. Switching out our appliances and fixtures to more efficient models will help us all use less water while doing the same chores and tasks. Ask Eartha explains why it’s important […]

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 […]