World Water Week: Why water is key to development

Today, more than 750 million people still lack of access to safe water. This World Water Week, DW looks at why H2O is so essential to sustainable development, and how we can be smarter about using this precious resource. A finite resource Water is fundamental to sanitation, healthy ecosystems and human survival. It’s also a…

Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor

  Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo’s face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor’s latest water conservation project. Over the course of two days, Costanzo created a channel,…

The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems

The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems India Across large swaths of the Thar desert in western India, traditional techniques for harvesting the little amount of rain that falls has helped people survive the powerful effects of the sun for centuries. The most beautiful of these are step wells – known…

Five-star hotels go green: Government campaign convinces Delhi’s luxury hotels to stop wasting water and electricity

By Darpan Singh Most of the 32 five-star hotels in Delhi, which were notoriously big polluters and guzzlers of water and energy, have fallen in line following a sustained, three-year campaign by the Capital’s pollution watchdog, claims a government report. The campaign that began in mid-2012 is starting to show results: five million litres of…

Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’

  Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’ RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water. People “should not…

First-Ever Long-Term Water Conservation Rebate Study Released

First-Ever Long-Term Water Conservation Rebate Study Released Thanks to Doug Pushard of  HarvestH20.com A first ever long-term rebate study, based on the ten-year history of rebate programs in the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, analyzes the costs and benefits of rebates and their effectiveness in reducing water consumption is now available – A Review…

Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010

WEDNESDAY, 22 APRIL 2015  By Brett Walton Circle of Blue In the decade following World War Two, America’s cities, resurgent from an economic depression and powerful in the wake of a global military triumph, installed and expanded the far-reaching water supply networks that propelled a generation of widespread economic growth, prosperity, and improvement in public…

The price is wrong

Water Pricing in Two Thirsty Cities

California’s Cycles of Drought

SCIENCE California’s Cycles of Drought By HENRY FOUNTAIN APRIL 13, 2015 New York Times Dry farmland being tilled near Corcoran, Calif., in August. California’s current drought is in its fourth year, but research indicates that the state and the rest of the West had ancient megadroughts that lasted decades and sometimes two centuries. CreditMatt Black When…