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Obama’s Spending Plan Pumps $260M into Water Technology R&D

President Obama’s budget includes almost $260 million to fund a water innovation strategy, which the White House says will boost water sustainability and reduce the price and energy costs of new water supply technology. It’s a mere drop in the bucket of the president’s $4.1 trillion spending request to Congress … Read more »

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Is Recycled Oilfield Water Safe for Crop Irrigation?

Some 50,000 acre feet of recycled oilfield wastewater is used to irrigate about 90,000 acres of crops in California’s Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. But is this produced water safe for use on food crops? A newly formed panel aims to answer this question. “There … Read more »

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CEO Water Mandate Releases Water Disclosure Guidelines

The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines — a common approach for companies to disclose the many elements of their corporate water management practice to key stakeholders. The Guidelines are available as a PDF report and web-based tool. The Guidelines — … Read more »

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Bank of America Landscaping to Save 3M Gallons Annually

Bank of America has expanded its use of drought-tolerant landscaping and funded a $250,000 grant for drought research and response as part of its ongoing efforts to help address California’s severe drought conditions. The Pacific Institute on Monday received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to … Read more »

Corporations See Water Scarcity as Business Risk

Companies including AT&T, Deloitte, MillerCoors and Veolia see water scarcity as a business risk and a barrier to economic growth, according to a blog by Environmental Defense Fund on a recent meeting involving those parties aimed at tackling water scarcity issues. Major nonprofits, water technicians and corporations met at the … Read more »

60% of Companies Say Water Will Affect Future Profitability

60% of Companies Say Water Will Affect Future Profitability

Most companies believe water challenges will significantly worsen in the next five years, according to a survey of major US corporations by the Pacific Institute and VOX Global. However, the majority of companies surveyed do not appear to be planning to scale up their water risk management practices — about … Read more »

More than 3.7 Million Sustainable Water Jobs by 2020, Pacific Predicts

More than 3.7 Million Sustainable Water Jobs by 2020, Pacific Predicts

Investing in water efficiency and re-use projects will address growing problems associated with drought, flooding and contamination, and create thousands of jobs in a wide range of professions by 2020, according to the Pacific Institute. The study, Sustainable Water Jobs: A National Assessment of Water-Related Green Job Opportunities identifies 136 … Read more »

Town Bans Bottled Water

Concord, Mass. has made illegal the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles under a new law that will fine stores up to $50 for violating the ban. As of January 1, it is unlawful in Concord to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter … Read more »