This Week’s Water News

Posted August 27th, 2016

This Week in Water

The bare bones water news of the week, link free, commercial free.


In Rio, Olympic water event athletes were warned by officials against putting their heads under the water.  Canoe sprint, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon all take place in open water that is dangerously polluted. Two canoers from Serbia took a spill in the dirty water on the first day of competition.

California Delta Tunnel officials have decided that they put their billion $ straws in the wrong place.

In the UK, unautorized animal medicinal products were seized from World of Water vets.

Studies show that the decline in salmon began with and resulted from the development of water power in the Middle Ages.

Cornell University will be required to cut back its water use by 30% because the city of Ithaca, NY is running out of water.

New Hampshire officials have banned outdoor water use in 50 towns and cities because of drought conditions.

Researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium have developed a solar-powered machine that converts urine to drinkable water  that is then used to brew beer.

Although Californians used 21.5% less water in June than they did in 2013, usage was up 6% from 2015 due to relaxed regulations.

After restricting oil and natural gas operations in certain hotspots, Oklahoma has an average of two earthquakes a day, compared with about six a day last summer. Kansas has increased restrictions on natural gas operations and is getting about a quarter of the quakes it once did.

The EPA estimates that some 775 municipalities around the country have antiquated combined sewage and stormwater overflow systems. When it rains heavily or snow melts, the systems are overwhelmed and dump untreated sewage and stormwater into rivers and lakes.  One New York city dumps thousands of gallons of untreated sewer discharge into the Hudson River as many as 30 times per year.

An Oregon-based  company is using solar technology to reduce Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria contamination in agricultural runoff.

The water supply at Dog Ridge, Texas was cited for multiple drinking water violations.

It was reported that 60 percent of coral reefs in the Maldives have fallen victim to bleaching because of rising sea temperatures.