aquifer depletion News

  • Jaffna aquifer depleting from overuse

    The single limestone aquifer, which is the main source of freshwater in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula, is gradually depleting through overuse, researchers say. "The area suffers from severe groundwater imbalance which might reach crisis proportions in the future," Shanti de Silva, one of two scientists who ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Vital groundwater depleted faster than ever

    China, the world’s most populous country, doubled within just 10 years its use of irreplaceable groundwater from underground reservoirs that are replenished more slowly than they are drained. And in the same decade, 2000 to 2010, global use of this non-renewable water resource for irrigation increased by a quarter, according to a  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Global Agencies Call for Urgent Action to Avoid Irreversible Groundwater Depletion

    The FAO, UNESCO, World Bank, GEF and International Association of Hydrogeologists this week called for action by the global community to manage the increasingly urgent depletion and degradation of limited groundwater resources. Ahead of the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu and Gyeongbuk next week, the group proposed a set of principles governments can use for better groundwater management. ...


    By The World Bank

  • Study Assesses Threats to Groundwater Availability and Sustainability in Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain

    Scientists Look at Issue from Long Island to North Carolina Threats to groundwater availability and sustainability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain are dependent to a large degree by the type of aquifers used for water supply, according to a new regional assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. The water challenges ...

  • Our World’s Water is Diminishing, But How Fast?

    The University of California, Irvine (UCI) recently released two studies (here and here) using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites showing that the earth’s biggest groundwater basins are being ...


    By Earth Day Network

  • Groundwater footprint reveals unsustainable water consumption

    Reservoirs of water stored under the earth’s surface, otherwise known as groundwater, are a valuable resource. However, using a footprinting method, a new global study has indicated that about 1.7 billion people live in areas where groundwater is being used more quickly than it can be replenished. Groundwater supplies water to billions of people and is important for agricultural ...

  • New study raises question: What don’t we know about water scarcity?

    A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reveals troubling news: The aquifers that millions of Americans rely on for freshwater are being depleted at an accelerating rate. In fact, aquifer depletion in the years between 2004 and 2008 was nearly triple the historical average. Population growth and increasing ...

  • Stress on water resources threatens lives and livelihoods

    The planet’s great subterranean stores of water are running out – and nobody can be sure how much remains to supply billions of people in the future. Satellite instruments used to measure the flow from 37 underground aquifers between 2003 and 2013 have revealed that at least one-third of them were seriously stressed – with little or almost no natural replenishment. The ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Wind power helps Texas town desalinate groundwater

    The first project in the United States to use wind power to desalinate drinking water for an inland municipality rather than a coastal town has just received a $500,000 grant from the Texas state Office of Rural Community Affairs, ORCA. The $1.075 million pilot project utilizing wind power to desalinate brackish groundwater in West Texas will be located in the small city of Seminole in Gaines ...

  • 11 percent of disappearing groundwater used to grow internationally traded food

    Wheat, rice, sugar, cotton and maize are among the essential internationally traded crops in the global economy. To produce these crops many countries rely on irrigated agriculture that accounts for about 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, according to the United Nations Water program. One freshwater source is underground aquifers, some of which replenish so slowly that they are ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Paper cautions against oversimplified interpretation of GRACE groundwater data

    NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has provided useful information about global groundwater depletion, but insufficient attention has been placed on its limitations, concludes a paper published in Groundwater®, a journal of the National Ground Water Association. Authored by Dr. William M. Alley, NGWA’s director of science and technology, and Dr. Leonard F. ...

  • EOS remediation wins an EBJ 2009 business achievement award

    EOS Remediation, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for groundwater restoration is a winner of an Environmental Business Journal 2009 Business Achievement Award. The Technology Merit Award was granted for successful commercialization of EAS, a sulfate-enhanced technology for in situ remediation of contaminated groundwater. The conventional ...


    By True Blue Technologies, Inc.

  • U.S. Groundwater Reserves More Limited Than Assumed

    Deep ‘fossil aquifers’ are more likely than expected to be brackish or contaminated As groundwater depletion accelerates in the United States, civilization has responded by unsustainably drilling deeper wells. Tapping deep “fossil aquifers” does offer a ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Lessons from oil industry may help address groundwater crisis

    Although declining streamflows and half-full reservoirs have gotten most of the attention in water conflicts around the United States, some of the worst battles of the next century may be over groundwater, experts say -- a critical resource often taken for granted until it begins to run out.Aquifers are being depleted much faster than they are being replenished in many places, wells are drying ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • EOS remediation wins an EBJ award for EAS

    EBJ Honors Outstanding Environmental Firms with 2009 Business Achievement: Technology Merit Award EOS Remediation, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for groundwater restoration is a winner of an Environmental Business Journal 2009 Business Achievement Award. The Technology Merit Award was granted for successful commercialization of EAS™, a sulfate-enhanced ...


    By EOS Remediation, LLC

  • Registration Open for Webinar on Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability

    Registration is now open for a December 7, 2016, National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinar, “ ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Site`s groundwater, soil cleanup working

    The effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons has been effective so far and will continue for years, according to the first five-year review of the site. Pantex in the Texas Panhandle was added to the national Superfund cleanup list in 1994 because of past site practices that included burning chemicals in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Herald emphasises how precious water is for Agriculture - Rainwater harvesting tanks beneficial

    The Scottish Herald this week emphasised how we must treat water as a precious resource. As water and irrigation rules in England and Wales face their biggest overhaul for more than 50 years under plans contained in a consultation by the Defra, and the EA. Of course, agriculture is a major user of ater for irrigation, accounting for about 70 per cent of water used worldwide. Modern irrigation ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • We participate at the International Water Association Conference

    The International Water Association Regional Conference on Water Reuse and Salinity Management (IWARESA) will be held in Murcia (Spain) from 11 to 15 June. The Conference will address the problem of water scarcity induced by climate change in arid and semiarid areas, the use of non-conventional water sources in agriculture and the risk of agricultural land and groundwater salinization in areas ...


    By Sistema Azud, S.A.

  • Is farming becoming more environmentally sustainable?

    The environmental track-record of agriculture has come under scrutiny in a new report which details the environmental performance of farming in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries since 1990. Its findings demonstrate that progress has been made, but there are still areas for improvement which policy measures could help overcome. One of the most striking ...

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