Will Groundwater Sustainability Plans End the Problem of Dry Drinking Water Wells?

Will Groundwater Sustainability Plans End the Problem of Dry Drinking Water Wells?

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, work continues on managing groundwater for long-term sustainability, as required by California’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In January, water users in 21 critically overdrafted basins delivered their groundwater sustainability plans to the state Department of Water Resources. In this series, we examine the 36 plans submitted for 11 critically overdrafted basins in the San Joaquin Valley—California’s largest farming region, where excess … [more…]

What’s Best for Kids: Bottled Water or Fountains?

photo: drinking fountains vs. bottled water in schools. What's Best for Kids: Bottled Water or Fountains?

Tap water may be better for kids than sugary sodas, but many schools have lead-contaminated water (file photo). This story is part of a special series that explores the global water crisis. For more clean water news, photos, and information, visit National Geographic’s Freshwater Web site.

As the U.S. taste for bottled water grows, environmentalists have been trying to sell people on good old-fashioned—and free—tap water. But tap water’s … [more…]

Upper Dublin parents asked to send kids to school with bottled water

photo: tap water. Upper Dublin parents asked to send kids to school with bottled water

HORSHAM, Pa. (WPVI) — Parents are being asked to send their children to school with bottled water, and one state representative is calling for school officials to do more.

"We should not tolerate chemicals in our schools and the Upper Dublin School District needs to do more."

Sharp words from North Wales Republican State Rep. Todd Stephens directed at the Upper Dublin School District. The issue is certain contaminates measured … [more…]

Hillsborough School District found lead in its water, didn’t tell parents for a year.

photo: one family with a school child in the district. The Hillsborough School District found lead in its water. It didn’t tell parents for a year.

Patrick Anding stands with his wife, Lakesha, and nine-year-old son DáVeon near their home across from Foster Elementary School. Patrick Anding was angry when he learned that the district kept lead test results from parents and teachers.

DáVeon’s behavior began to change after he went to Foster. The family wishes it had been told sooner about the school’s lead testing.

The Hillsborough County School District didn’t tell parents for more … [more…]

New data shows NYC tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

New data shows that NYC’s tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/ Darwin Bell

New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story.

Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection … [more…]