Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town

May 25, 2016 by  
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When something goes wrong with a public water supply , utility officials often issue an advisory warning residents to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, or bathing. Such measures are generally temporary—a brief period of caution while crews repair the source of the problem. However, residents of Corpus Christi, Texas have been living under a boil advisory for nearly two weeks , and it’s the city’s third in 10 months. Nobody knows for sure when locals will have access to safe drinking water again. The current boil advisory was issued May 13, after utility officials reported low levels of chlorine disinfectant in the water supply . Chlorine is being used to kill harmful bacteria, which itself was at the heart of a previous boil alert in July 2015. Prior to that time, the city was using a different method for disinfecting the water, and it wasn’t working. Potentially hazardous levels of E. coli had been detected, and utility managers were unable to combat the bacteria without switching to a chlorine-based disinfectant. Ironically, the disinfectant in the water is now posing a threat to local residents. Related: Florida nuclear power plant is leaking pollutants that threaten drinking water Local news reports say the chlorine was expected to disperse through the water supply quickly after a treatment on May 19, but it’s taking longer than officials thought it should. A final treatment was performed at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday, May 24 and needs at least 18 hours before water tests can confirm safe disinfectant levels. The boil alert could be lifted sometime today, Wednesday, but the debacle has left residents frustrated and upset, feeling as though city leaders have let them down. Corpus Christi city manager Ron Olson resigned his position just days after the current boil alert was issued amid claims he mishandled the situation. Some residents are calling for the city’s mayor, Nelda Martinez, to step down as well. Via Huffington Post Images via Steve Johnson/Flickr and Ted Gresham/Flickr

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

November 3, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it; water is something we take for granted until we don’t have free access to it anymore. But accounts for 75% of our bodies’ composition as well as the planet we live on, and yet, only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable. If there was ever a paradox, this is definitely one of them. Given this supply and demand, good conservation measures are vital. In other words, if we all want to continue drinking water and using it for our everyday needs, it is time to get serious about conserving water! Here are a few interesting facts about our water supply that you might want to know… before it disappears. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

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Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant

April 22, 2014 by  
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Despite being just a hop away from oceans of water, Beijing is suffering from a serious water shortage . China’s capital city has a chronic lack of water despite recent attempts to move more water to its 22 million inhabitants, and the problem has become so serious that the city plans to turn to the nearby sea. The Global Times reported that construction has begun on a gigantic desalination plant in the Caofeidian district of Tangshan which, once completed, could supply the city with a full third of its water needs. Read the rest of Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aqbewg , Aqualygn , Beijing desalination , Beijing drought , Beijing Enterprises Water Group , Beijing water , Beijing water shortage , Beijing water supply , China drought , China water desalination , China water desalinization , China water supply , drought issues , Gobal Times , water desalination , water desalination plant , water desalination projects , water issues , water shortages , water supply

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

December 30, 2013 by  
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Waterfall photo via Xseon / Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet again to take better care of its groundwater supplies to avert certain catastrophe. Professor Craig Simmons, director of Australia’s National Center for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT), said that if groundwater sources run dry the world could run into a host of troubles – from agricultural and economic shortages to full-on water wars. Read the rest of Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Australian water scientists , china , Craig Simmons , drinkable water , environmental destruction , environmental preservation , environmental protection , fresh water , Global Framework for Action on groundwater governance , groundwater , groundwater governance , groundwater pollution , India , National Center for Groundwater Research and Training , NGCRT , UNESCO , water issues , water supply        

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

August 27, 2013 by  
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Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the “ Rim Fire ” blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress of the inferno and those struggling to contain the disaster. The site also keeps track of structures threatened, damaged, and the total number of injuries. Statistics on recent fires are available for comparison, and conditions and road closures are updated regularly. The massive fire has already burned an area the size of Chicago, consuming over 160,000 acres at time of press. Read the rest of The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , fire conditions , fire tracker tool , firefighters , hetch hetchy valley , hydroelectic plant , kpcc , kqed , los angeles times , news fix blog , power supply , Rim Fire , San Francisco , state of emergency , water supply , wildfire , yosemite national park        

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Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

August 12, 2013 by  
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A small town in Texas has run out of water and local residents are blaming shale gas fracking . Barnhart, a one horse town in Irion county, was already suffering after three years of drought, The Guardian reports, but it wasn’t until contractors started drilling wells to supply water for shale gas fracking that the real problems began. Read the rest of Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barnhart Texas , Drought , environmental destruction , fossil fuel extraction , fracking , oil industry , texas fracking , Texas is drying up , texas oil , texas town dries up , water issues        

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A small town in Texas has run out of water and local residents are blaming shale gas fracking . Barnhart, a one horse town in Irion county, was already suffering after three years of drought, The Guardian reports, but it wasn’t until contractors started drilling wells to supply water for shale gas fracking that the real problems began. Read the rest of Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barnhart Texas , Drought , environmental destruction , fossil fuel extraction , fracking , oil industry , texas fracking , Texas is drying up , texas oil , texas town dries up , water issues        

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How the smart grid clamps down on climate change

June 27, 2012 by  
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Smart grid technologies and policies can help lessen the impact of climate change on electricity grids and water supply.

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Cadmium Spill in China’s Liu River Threatens to Contaminate Water Supply for 3 Million People

January 30, 2012 by  
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A cadmium spill in the Liu River of southern China has police and emergency personnel scrambling to clean and protect the water supply of a major city in its path. Despite three previous clean up efforts, the contaminated water is still flowing toward Liuzhou city in Guangxi province, which is inhabited by over 3 million people. While chemicals and barges are being thrown into the water daily to prevent the cadmium spill from spreading, residents are already buying out all the bottled water local stores have to offer. Read the rest of Cadmium Spill in China’s Liu River Threatens to Contaminate Water Supply for 3 Million People Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cadmium , cadmium spill , cadmium spill china , cadmium spill liu river , china cadmium spill , contaminated water , contaminated water china , contaminated water news , environmental destruction , liu river , liu river china , news , water issues , water supply , water supply china , water supply china news , water supply news

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Blue Water Satellite Scans Toxic Algae Blooms From Space

December 22, 2010 by  
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Images via Blue Water Satellite Using satellites helps us monitor everything from animal migrations to forest cover to water supply levels. And now Blue Water Satellite has come up with another perfect use — monitoring toxic blooms of blue-green algae in lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Blue-green algae makes news as a foul-smelling killer found everywhere from China to

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