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Navy Retires 'Anachronistic' Punishment

Confinement with only bread, water to eat will be history as of New Year's Day

(Newser) - Navy captains can still dock the pay or shore leave of misbehaving sailors under new rules take effect on New Year's Day—but they won't be able to chuck them in the brig with nothing to eat but bread and water. One of dozens of changes in a... More »

Pope: Safe Drinking Water Is a Human Right

It's 'shameful' that so many lack access to it, he says

(Newser) - Pope Francis has affirmed that access to clean water is a human right and that it's "enormously shameful" that millions of people get sick and die each year for lack of it, the AP reports. In a message to a water management conference Thursday, Francis lamented that war,... More »

Device That Makes Water From Thin Air Wins $1.5M Prize

It creates rainstorms in shipping containers

(Newser) - It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one. Soon he... More »

Austin Residents May Have to Boil Tap Water for 2 Weeks

Texas city struggles to treat water supply after flooding

(Newser) - Residents of the Texas state capital may have to boil their tap water for as long as two weeks, an official said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to treat a water supply filled with silt, mud, and debris after heavy rains and flooding. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Travis County Chief... More »

Lawsuit: LaCroix Ingredients Are Unnatural and Scary

But the suits seems to rely on vague FDA terminology

(Newser) - A class-action lawsuit against LaCroix sparkling water claims its "100% natural" ingredients are really synthetic, CBS News reports. "Testing reveals that LaCroix contains a number of artificial ingredients, including linalool, which is used in cockroach insecticide," the suit says, accusing parent company National Beverage of "intentionally... More »

Homeless Man Charging Phone at a Dunkin' Got Rude Surprise

Workers terminated after dumping water on him in 'cruel' incident caught on video

(Newser) - "Cruel" is how people are describing an incident that took place at an upstate New York Dunkin' Donuts, and the company seems to agree. The Post-Standard reports that on Sunday evening, Jeremy Dufresne (aka Jeremy Young ), a homeless man whose family says he has epilepsy and schizophrenia... More »

There Was PCE in the Water, but Nothing Happened for Years

'Wichita Eagle' reports state learned of contamination in 2011, didn't act

(Newser) - What could be worse than drinking and bathing in water contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals? Doing so for more than six years. The Wichita Eagle reports that's what allegedly happened in a Wichita-area town with the knowledge of officials, who didn't intervene though they were alerted to the... More »

'Lives Are at Stake': Feds Slam California Water Rules

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross steps in with new directive

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently inspired the feds to alter California water rules regarding wildfires, Fox News reports. "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean," Trump tweeted Monday . "Can... More »

Crisis in India: Father, Son Lost Their Lives Over Water

A new report suggests the worst is yet to come

(Newser) - An 18-year-old accused of cutting in line got into a scuffle over it. He ended up dead, as did his 60-year-old father, who suffered a heart attack after trying to calm the situation. The New York Times shares the tragedy as an example of India's rising tensions over a... More »

80,945 Nays, 75 Yeas, Yet Michigan OKs Nestle Water Plan

Despite public opposition, the plan complies with the law, agency finds

(Newser) - Michigan has given the OK to Nestle's controversial request to increase the amount of water it pumps from the state—despite the fact that a record number of public comments were made on the matter, and 80,945 of those comments were against the plan. Just 75 were in... More »

Fukushima's Water Issue Is Growing. The Ice Wall Isn't Enough

Experts: It's working, but other methods are also needed to keep groundwater around plant clean

(Newser) - A government-commissioned group of experts concluded Wednesday that a costly underground ice wall is only partially effective in reducing the ever-growing amount of contaminated water at Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says the ice wall has helped reduce the radioactive water... More »

Cape Town Isn't Only Big City With Water Crisis

These 5 cities also are in an H20 predicament

(Newser) - Cape Town's water situation is dire , but although it may soon be the first big city in the world to run out of H2O, it's not the only one nearing such a precarious position. The BBC takes a look at other major urban areas thirsting for liquid sustenance,... More »

San Juan Mayor on FEMA Cutoff: 'There Is Need Still'

Members of Congress implore agency not to halt aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

(Newser) - FEMA's plans to halt hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico effective Jan. 31 drew criticism Tuesday from members of Congress and the mayor of the island's largest city. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said many people in the US territory need the water and food they've... More »

This City Set to Be World's First Big One to Run Out of Water

South Africa's Cape Town has less than 90 days' worth of water left in its reservoirs

(Newser) - April 22 has been set as "Day Zero" for Cape Town, but it's not a celebratory date. Time reports that following three years of record-setting drought, the South African city has enough water left in its reservoirs to last about 90 days—meaning it will become the planet'... More »

Safety Experts Say 'Raw Water' Trend Is a Very Bad Idea

Drinking untreated water has more drawbacks than the price tag

(Newser) - Is drinking "raw water" a great way to get beneficial minerals and microbes removed by filtration—or do people who pay $15 a gallon for untreated water have more money than sense? The subject has been hotly debated since a New York Times story last week looked at people—... More »

Nestle Pleased With Report on It Taking Too Much Water

Saying report confirms it has the right to access 'significant amount' of water in California

(Newser) - Nestle extracted roughly 32 million gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest in 2016 and sold it as Arrowhead bottled water. An investigation has determined the company's permits only allow it to take about 8.5 million gallons per year. The AP reports the... More »

In Paris Fountains, Let Them Drink Sparkling Water

City of lights now offers tap water that sparkles

(Newser) - As if Paris didn't already have wine, bread, and cheese going for it, now it's attempting to woo you with its public drinking fountains in a move that's actually environmentally motivated. Many such fountains now offer up sparkling water, reports NPR , and for those worried that some... More »

Fans to Pats After Overcharge for Tap Water: 'Shame on You'

It was so hot in Foxborough, Mass., that the bottled water disappeared

(Newser) - You might get asked "bottled or tap?" about your water preferences at a restaurant, but at Gillette Stadium on Sunday only the latter was offered—at prices usually paid for the former. NBC Sports reports that fans who came to see the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans... More »

Gatorade Agrees to Stop Disparaging Water

California filed complaint about 'anti-water' video game

(Newser) - Gatorade has agreed not to make disparaging comments about water as part of a $300,000 settlement reached Thursday with California over allegations it misleadingly portrayed water's benefits in a cellphone game where users refuel Olympic runner Usain Bolt. The game, downloaded 30,000 times in California and 2.... More »

Teen Severely Burned by 'Hot Water Challenge'

He suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns on his neck

(Newser) - A teen boy is recovering from severe burns in Arkansas after he awoke to scalding hot water being dumped on him at a sleepover. Nickolas Conrad, who is 15, was treated at a hospital in Little Rock for first and second degree burns on his neck and under his arm,... More »

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