Increasing Water Access Begins with Improving Representation

Increasing Water Access Begins with Improving Representation

Across the United States, historically underserved communities, such as in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas or southern California, lack regular access to clean drinking water and sewage treatment. These groups, typically Hispanic labor populations or Native American tribes, face barriers to achieving the same access to water as nearby municipalities. Irrigation districts often control water in rural areas, with minimal oversight regarding expanding service areas to include low-income, unincorporated … [more…]

Water services in small towns: at the tail end of development

illustration: Water Services in small towns: at the tail end of development

Mireia Tutusaus and Klaas Schwartz edited a special issue on “Water Services in small towns in developing countries” in the journal Water Policy. They highlight how water services management on the ground diverges from the models officially adopted, and they suggest two main explanations behind this discrepancy.

This special issue builds on ongoing conversations and research within the Water governance Chair Group on water services in small towns. In … [more…]

Why a tax on drinking water is wrong

Why a tax on drinking water is wrong

A statewide tax on drinking water is being considered. (Getty Images)

The vast majority of Californians are fortunate enough to take access to clean drinking water for granted. However, the fact that some Californians in small, rural communities do not have this access is a travesty in this modern day and age. It can and must be fixed as an urgent state priority.

Resolving this unacceptable situation will come at … [more…]

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON — To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements.

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between … [more…]

Water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert”

The water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains is running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert”

WRAY — Colorado farmers who defied nature’s limits and nourished a pastoral paradise by irrigating drought-prone prairie are pushing ahead in the face of worsening environmental fallout:

Overpumping of groundwater has drained the High Plains Aquifer to the point that streams are drying up at the rate of 6 miles a year. The drawdown has become so severe that highly resilient fish are disappearing, evidence of ecological collapse.

A Denver … [more…]