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Blue-Green Algae Commit Suicide at South Africa’s Setumo Dam

Blue-green algae infests the Copco Reservoir in Northern California, undated (Photo by David McLain / Alamy via Natural Resources Defense Council) Posted for media use

MAHIKENG, South Africa, October 27, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – A new technology that removes harmful algal blooms from water bodies without damage to other life has succeeded in cleaning up the toxic blue-green algae that for decades has infected the reservoir behind Setumo Dam on South Africa’s Molopo River.

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New Nanomaterial Mines Wastewater for Valuable Metals

Clean, clear waterfall at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, California, USA (Photo by Sathish J) Creative commons license via Flickr

A new nanomaterial called ZIOS can selectively target and trap copper ions from wastewater with unprecedented precision and speed. ZIOS offers the water industry and the research community the first blueprint for a water-remediation technology that scavenges specific heavy metal ions with a measure of control at the atomic level that far surpasses the current state of the art.

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Drugs in Our Drinking Water

A variety of pharmaceuticals, September 25, 2019 (Photo by Marco Verch) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A single pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is changing the water quality of one of Europe’s most important rivers, the Rhine, Swiss researchers report. Compounds in the water may be biologically active, toxic or persistent, but treatment plants cannot remove them before the treated water is discharged into waterways that serve as drinking water sources.

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Urban Water Crisis Grips Global South

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Roughly half of all households in 15 large cities in the global south lack access to piped utility water, affecting more than 50 million people, finds a report by University of Manchester researchers. Access is lowest in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa, where only 22 percent of households receive piped water.

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Water For All by 2030

As spring approaches across the Northern Hemisphere, people are planning for planting and for the impact of hotter weather on water supplies. This is the time for World Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a day to focus on freshwater – the most essential element of life.

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Wringing More Value From Pakistan’s Water

No country’s economy is more water-intensive than Pakistan’s, and this degree of water use, combined with a warming climate, is leading to drought, water scarcity and arsenic-contaminated groundwater in the South Asian nation.

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The World’s Precious Water Supply is in Crisis

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All of us need water. Water maintains our rivers, seas, forests and plant life as well us as human beings, and without water nothing can survive. The problem however, is that like it or not, we find ourselves in the midst of an extreme water crisis that’s impacting the lives of more than 2 billion […]

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Making Fresh Water Out of Thin Air

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An atmospheric water generator that condenses moisture in the air, making fresh drinking water, has won the Water Abundance XPrize worth US$1.5 million. The prize went to David Hertz and Laura Doss-Hertz co-founders of the Skysource/Skywater Alliance.

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Week for a Water Wise World

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Cool, clear, delicious water – there’s no substitute for the one substance on which all life depends. Yet, often there is too little clean water, or too much. These problems, and their solutions, are in the spotlight right now at World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Seattle City Council punished Wells Fargo Bank for investing in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by taking away about $3 billion in city business annually.

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Jordan’s Refugees Must Drink

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Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries, is dumping much of its water into the sand – allowing 76 billion liters a year to flow from broken pipes, according to an assessment by the nonprofit aid organization Mercy Corps.

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Israel, Jordan, Palestine Unite for Jordan River

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The Jordan River, famous in story and song, is threatened by water diversion and contamination. In this arid region torn by political and religious differences, NGOs from Israel, Jordan and Palestine are cooperating to restore the river – unity forged on the anvil of fear for their life-giving waterway.

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