Water

Drilling Deeper Wells is a Band-Aid Solution to Groundwater Woes

COMMENTARY | Although this seems like a logical response when usable water supplies are scarce, deeper drilling cannot go on forever.

The Brain-Eating Amoeba Is a Nearly Perfect Killer

The single-celled menace rarely infects humans. That’s what makes it so hard to treat.

Western States Buy Time With a Drought Plan, But Face a Drier Future

COMMENTARY | The plan acknowledges that southwestern states need to make deep water use reductions to prevent Colorado River reservoirs from declining to critically low levels.

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

Desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. But it remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

It's Getting Easier to Find Out If a Beach Might Make You Sick

Chicago is the only major U.S. city to use a new method to test for bacteria at most of its beaches—and then issue same-day swimming advisories.

U.S. House Bill Calls for New Limits on Chemicals in Drinking Water

The legislation targets a class of industrial compounds known as “PFAS,” which have stoked public health concerns.

The Town That Extended 'Smart Growth' to Its Water

As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

Moody’s: FEMA’s Decision About California Dam Is a Signal to States and Localities

The federal agency may want governments to repair and replace aging infrastructure before it fails, but making California eat some of the repair costs could lead to more deferred maintenance on other projects, the ratings company said.

Aging Infrastructure Might Be Raising Water Bills

Repairs and water treatment improvements affect affordability, which is why utilities aim to innovate.

Democrats Lay Down a Marker on Drinking Water and Sewer Funding

But a bill introduced Thursday calling for billions in new spending and a tax increase is likely to be a tough sell with Republicans.

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Sewage Case Will Get Airing Before U.S. Supreme Court

The controversy involves questions about when wastewater is subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

The Need to Accommodate More Floodwaters Near Sacramento

A tour of some of the levee infrastructure that protects California’s capital city.

‘Dead Pool’ Water Scenario for Colorado River Prompts Big Spending in Vegas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mo. police chief responds to CNN rape-kit investigation … Texas AG sues San Antonio … and Vt. irked by N.H. inaction.

Floating Solar Panels Are Coming to Colorado Towns

The energy-saving solution can be used by water treatment and wastewater facilities.

Somewhat Good News Amid Austin’s Drinking Water Crisis

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana’s balanced-budget proposal … newly discovered quake faults in Oregon … and “demographic time bomb” in a Colorado ski town.