US groundwater in peril: potable water supply less than thought

photo: a private, potable groundwater well in New Mexico, USA

Photo: A groundwater well near Estancia, New Mexico. Credit: Debra Perrone

The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist.

The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S.

The research by scientists from the University of Saskatchewan, the UA and … [more…]

In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.

photo: polluted stream in San Cristobal de las Casas. In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.

Photo: A stream in San Cristóbal de las Casas, which residents claim is contaminated with sewage. Potable water is scarce in the town. Editor’s note: h2oIQ.org focuses on USA water issues, but we know San Cristóbal well as one of the most beautiful little cities we’ve ever seen. Its people are wise in traditional, indigenous ways but when the public water supply fails… one does what one must, and bears [more…]