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.

Federal Aid to Halt Water Shutoffs Dropped From Massive Coronavirus Bill

March 27, 2020

Clean water and good hygiene are an essential pair to fight back against the coronavirus pandemic, yet water shutoffs in low-income homes are happening in all 50 states, according to Food & Water Action’s Public Water for All Campaign. Efforts to suspend tap water shutoffs during the economic turmoil were foiled when the $1.5 billion […]

EPA: Tap Water is Safe to Drink During Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020

Tap water in the United States is safe to drink in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an advisory by the EPA. It’s understandable that people might be concerned about how the novel coronavirus might affect drinking water and wastewater utilities, and the EPA provides some answers. From the EPA advisory Coronavirus and […]

It’s 2020 Fix a Leak Week

March 16, 2020

It’s national Fix a Leak Week in the United States. The EPA-initiated event starts on Monday, March 16 and ends on World Water Day, Sunday, March 22. Fixing easily completed water leaks can save homeowners around 10 percent on their water bills and reduce the burden on water treatment utilities. Stuck at home during your […]

A Deep Dive Into the Confusing World of Sustainable Beauty

March 10, 2020

There are many definitions of “sustainable” when it comes to beauty products, with a whopping 66 eco-labels around the world relevant to cosmetics and personal care. One label that piques the interest of those of us at Water Footprint Calculator is the “waterless beauty” label. This South Korean term generally refers to products containing no water. […]

US Livestock Use Less Water Than 1960, But Other Problems Apparent

March 2, 2020

While livestock and poultry production in the United States has risen substantially since 1960, the amount of water used has dropped, according to research from University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Global Institute. A few factors have contributed to this drop in water use, such as selective breeding, genetic engineering and the larger sizes of […]

In Australian Wildfires' Aftermath, Water Pollution Piles Up

February 27, 2020

Wildfires that wracked southeastern Australia for months laid waste to millions of acres of land, and as a terrible consequence, is causing widespread water pollution. As rain washes over the charred land, literally tons of ash, debris and chemicals are carried into streams, rivers and other waterways, which has created huge fishkills and contaminated water […]

6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint

February 19, 2020

If you travel a lot, you know it can take a toll on the health of the planet. The World Economic Forum put together a list of methods you can use to reduce your impact on water and carbon emissions when you travel. The list includes everything from traveling light to avoiding air travel to […]

Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink?

February 14, 2020

A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Oxford looked at the global impact of food production and found that producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions and consumes nine times more land than any plant-based milk. The Guardian wondered what the best milk alternative would be so they […]

How Rewearing a Dress on the Red Carpet Can Actually Help Save the Planet

February 13, 2020

Move over Oscar, the BAFTA’s are leading the way on sustainability. In an effort to promote sustainability this awards season, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts sent out a guide created by the London College of Fashion that encourages attendees of the February awards ceremony to either rewear or rent an outfit for […]