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Water Quality and Quantity Issues, News and Updates

Water, water everywhere --- and not a drop to drink...”

(from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Water – Quality & Quantity – A Very Hot Topic

Updated January 2011

Demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by a staggering 40 percent by 2030, and an estimated half the world’s population are likely to live in areas of high water stress by the same year”  -- so states  Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project in the CDP Water Disclosure 2010  Global Report.   The situation is getting worse rather than getting better. The pressures of over-population, climate change and increased use per capita are all causing water stresses, although unevenly, throughout the globe. 

Current impacted areas in the news include the Southwestern and Southeastern regions of the United States; China; India; Ireland; the Middle East region; Australia; and many countries in Africa.  The threat has been recognized and throughout the globe and governments, corporations and activists groups are bringing the problem to the forefront and helping to craft and influence both short and long term solutions.

Since this section was first created in 1998, the editors have screened tens of thousands of articles and posted almost 1,000 stories, commentaries and reports. Water – quality and quantity is continuing to be a Hot Topic for AC readers.  As many pundits are saying…water is becoming the new carbon.

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In 2006 the United Nations World Water Development Report described the state of water on our planet as a “crisis of governance.”  While the world appears to have enough fresh water supply today, the issue is one of governance, as in water distribution, management and quality control practices.  Water quality appears to be degrading in many areas, our monitoring tells us, and water quantity (supply) is a huge issue in many of the world’s regions.

Due to a number of factors -- mismanagement, limited area resources, and environmental changes, some caused by climate change -- almost one-fifth of the planet’s population still lacks access to safe drinking water and 40 per cent of the world’s population lacks access to basic sanitation. Access to water is further restricted by national and governmental entities that regulate where the water flows, who has access and for what purpose the water is used.  

Water is also used as an economic, health and environmental weapon by the “haves” over the “have-nots.” Governments “determine who gets what water, when and how, and decide who has the right to water and related services,” said the report authors.  Water availability is also related to a range of issues intimately connected to water, from health and food security to economic development, land use, and the preservation of the natural ecosystems on which the water resources depend.

Water quality is declining in most regions of the Earth.  Regional over- population, increased industrialization, absence of proper waste water treatment -- are all contributing to the emerging crisis. Poor water quality is a key cause of poor livelihood and health. An estimated 1.6 million lives (directly or indirectly connected to water quality issues and their related diseases) could be saved each year by providing more access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to the world’s poorest regions.

Access to water is not only a Third World or emerging nations’ issue -- droughts in the U.S. Southeast and quantity issues in the Southwest and in California have brought conservation, control and distribution issues to the public’s attention in the past few years.  Water in the United States is a key factor to residential and commercial development, economic stability and job growth – all issues which effect local and regional communities’ economic well-being. Water in the USA is critical to the health of agriculture and related industries.  Corporations are in the spotlight for their use of water – advocates and third party researchers are developing “water footprints” (similar to “carbon footprints”) for leading companies, such as Coca Cola, Nestle and other water-intensive industries and sectors.

The Editors of Accountability Central work to bring the many facets of Water issues -- especially quality and quantity -- into focus with news, commentary and research.  Education on the issues, public discussion and rising concern can help to bring about real and positive changes and sensible and fair solutions to the problems at hand.  Perhaps this public forum can help in some small way.  The Institute maintains a robust focus on water issues and the key players in its subscription Web-accessed knowledge management platform Sustainability HQ – click here for more information:www.sustainabilityhq.com.






Latest on Water - Quality & Quantity

June 10, 2019 MISSISSIPPI RIVER HITS DANGEROUS FLOOD LEVELS, STALLS BARGES AND ROADWAYS WHILE AFFECTING FARMERS

Source: NewsWeek

he Mississippi River was expected to crest on Saturday, but experts predict the mighty river will now keep rising through Monday. Hundreds of barges carrying cargo up and down the water artery have been stalled, and railway and...

June 10, 2019 Scientists create a global map of where groundwater meets oceans

Source: The Hindu

Scientists have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans — the first such analysis of its kind that may help protect both drinking water and the seas.

June 7, 2019 The Great Lakes are overflowing with record amounts of water

Source: Washington Post

Lake Erie and Lake Superior broke records for average water levels in May, as did Lake St. Clair on Detroit’s eastern edge, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In May, Lake Erie also reached its highest level on record...

June 4, 2019 Exhaustive Study on Bottled Water Market 2019 | Strategic Assessment by Top Players PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Suntory, etc.

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Jun 03, 2019 (marketresearchupdates.com via COMTEX) -- The Bottled Water market report published by Garner Insights, analysis the market overview considering the latest trends, highlighting their latest developments, business...

May 31, 2019 The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

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Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge

May 15, 2019 Five U.S. Cities Named Most Water Wise

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The annual month-long campaign to promote water quality and drought resiliency ... with support from the U.S. EPA, National League of Cities, The Toro Company, Earth Friendly Products – maker ...

May 8, 2019 New study claims 43 states expose millions to dangerous chemical in drinking water

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A new report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University finds people in nearly every state in the country are exposed to unhealthy drinking water. According to the researchers, 43 states have...

May 6, 2019 Pennsylvania to Test Drinking Water for Toxic Chemicals

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania is set to begin sampling drinking water across the state later this month in a bid to determine whether a class of highly toxic chemicals is contaminating the supply. Department of...

May 3, 2019 Hurricane experts warn it's not the wind, but the water that really kills

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If experts have learned anything about hurricanes in the last two seasons it’s that wind is not the major culprit in hurricane fatalities. It'’s the water, said Ken Graham Director of NOAA’s National Weather...

May 3, 2019 Towards sustainable desalination

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Did you know that several countries, such as the Maldives, Malta and the Bahamas, meet all their water needs through the desalination process—that is, they convert seawater to freshwater?

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