aquifer pollution News

  • Runoff research promotes healthier aquifers

    Where rain falls can influence the quality of surface water before it enters underground reservoirs, some of which provide water that eventually comes out of our taps. That's one conclusion from a collaborative study by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Arizona (UA). The ARS and UA scientists are investigating how urban landscapes influence storm runoff and water ...

  • West Bank aquifer endangered by untreated sewage

    An important water source for both Israelis and Palestinians is in danger due to pollution from sewage, a new Israeli governmental report stated. About 2.8 million people, including Palestinians and Israeli settlers, live in the West Bank, but 'due to conflicts and economic problems, the effluents of more than two million people do not go through efficient pollution treatment', the report by the ...


    By IRIN Association

  • California authorizes oilfield dumping into protected aquifers

    Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show. While some of the permits go back decades, an Associated ...


    By Associated Press

  • UNESCO publishes first world map of underground transboundary aquifers

    UNESCO is publishing the first-ever world map of shared aquifers to coincide with the submission to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 27 October of a draft Convention on Transboundary Aquifers. Almost 96% of the planet’s freshwater resources are to be found in underground aquifers, most of which straddle national boundaries. Despite its strategic importance, no global inventory of ...


    By UNESCO

  • Global advances in nutrient pollution

    The UK’s Thames Water and Canada-based Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies are to form a partnership to build and operate Europe’s first wastewater treatment facility that removes phosphorus and converts it into commercial fertilizer. However, the USGS reports that phosphorus levels in US fresh water remain high and progress is absent. American environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, ...

  • Groundwater pollution in Europe: an overview

    An overview of groundwater contaminants in Europe is provided by a recent study, which calls for more integrated monitoring using a range of indicators. Groundwater contamination presents serious health and environmental concerns. A number of Directives, including the Water Framework, Groundwater, Nitrates, Industrial Emissions and Landfill Directives, together aim to protect groundwater from ...

  • Pesticide pollution slow to reach groundwater

    Underground water aquifers are a significant source of drinking water. In a recent study, French researchers found that pesticides applied to crops can take many years to sink down through the ground and reach groundwater. This means that they may still be entering aquifers, even after agricultural application has stopped. Groundwater is found underground in absorbent layers of rock. ...

  • Shell fined for polluting UK groundwater

    Shell UK Oil Products Ltd has been fined GBP 18000 by Grimsby Magistrates’ Court for polluting the groundwaters close to its Toothill Petrol Filling Station at Yarborough Road, Grimsby. The cost of cleaning up the underground contamination, which has been paid by Shell to Anglian Water, is estimated to be about GBP 5 million, the court was told on Wednesday (25 June 2008). The company ...

  • EPA Awards over $144,000 to New Mexico to Reduce Water Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $144,554 to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to operate and implement its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The UIC program helps protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination by regulating the construction and operation of injection wells. The grant funds will also be used to ...

  • Water pollution exceeds drinking-standard limits in many OECD farming areas

    Pollution of rivers, lakes, and aquifers exceeds recommended limits for drinking water in farming areas in many OECD countries, according to a new OECD report. Environmental Performance of Agriculture in OECD Countries since 1990 shows that excess levels of nitrates, phosphorus or pesticides were found in more than one out of 10 monitoring sites in 13 OECD countries. Treating pesticide- and ...

  • EPA enforcement program nets major Arizona cleanups, pollution reductions in 2006

    (San Francisco, Calif -- 11/15/2006) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions in Arizona for 2006 brought environmental and public benefits for the state’s residents as polluters committed to more than $54 million to correct environmental violations and prevent future pollution. The EPA’s enforcement actions in Arizona, which surpassed each of the previous five year’s ...

  • EPA Provides Grant to Reduce Water Pollution Along the Cano Martin Pena in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a $60,000 grant to ENLACE to design a plan for a new stormwater drainage system along the Cano Martin Pena. The funding is part of the EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports community efforts to restore and revitalize local canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and ocean areas and provide access to them. The goal ...

  • Too soon to tap Namibia`s groundwater find, experts say

    The extraction of the much needed water from a large underground aquifer in northern Namibia may need to wait for further studies, officials have warned at a water investment conference. The aquifer, discovered in July, may contain enough water to sustain about one million people living in the area for 400 years at ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Harnessing the benefits of groundwater

    This policy brief, published by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), explores the role of groundwater storage in providing communities with wider access to water in the face of climate change. The use of groundwater for domestic water and irrigation has already lifted millions of small farmers out of poverty. But, for many regions, including the world's biggest groundwater user, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fertilisers linked to contaminated drinking water in Evros, Greece

    In a new study, samples of drinking water from the north-east of Greece have been found to exceed European limits for nitrates, sulphates and phosphates - chemicals that are linked to health problems such as reproductive disorders and cancer. The research has produced a map of the Evros area showing the location of 64 water sampling sites and found that pollution levels are highest in areas with ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Butler drive water reclamation facility earns second national project-of-the-year award

    WateReuse Association and APWA awards honor Arizona project’s contribution to sustainable water management  The Butler Drive Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) in Peoria, Ariz., recently claimed its second national project-of-the-year award when the WateReuse Association gave the innovative facility its top project award in the large-project category. The association’s annual awards ...


    By Black & Veatch Corporation

  • Cities Around the World Face Water Supply ‘Day Zeros’

    Drought, pollution, and overpopulation add to the chance that taps will one day run dry International attention has focused on Cape Town South Africa’s water crisis with the approach of “Day Zero,” when the taps of a modern city may for the first time run dry. Regardless of whether Day Zero comes or whether ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • EPA awards nearly US$1.5m grant for water infrastructure and green innovations

    EPA has awarded US$1,474,500 to the Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department to replace or relocate drinking water mains, sanitary sewers and stormwater sewers as part of the Beacon Hill Redevelopment Project, located west of Bruce R. Watkins Drive from 22nd Street to 27th Street in Kansas City, Mo. The project will include green stormwater infrastructure, such as an underground detention ...

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