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Californians Asked to Reduce Water Use

Newsom's request anticipates reservoirs being low at the first of the year

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked California's people and businesses to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15%, as the western US weathers a drought that is rapidly emptying reservoirs relied on for agriculture, drinking water, and fish habitat. Newsom's request is not an order, the...

Town Sells Its Water Tower by Accident

Florida's Brooksville got sloppy in a real estate transaction

(Newser) - A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction, per the AP . A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of Brooksville's water tower last April for $55,000 with the goal of converting it into a gym. However, when Bobby...

Parts of Nevada Banning 'Non-Functional' Grass

Nevada is first state to permanently ban lawns in certain areas

(Newser) - Grass that's just sitting around, serving no purpose, will soon be prohibited in the Las Vegas Valley. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed legislation banning "non-functional turf" starting in 2027, the AP reports. Backyards and front lawns aren't going anywhere—single-family homes are exempt from the...

Science Doesn't Back Up 'Dowsing.' Believers Don't Care

'Outside' magazine explores this almost mystical world

(Newser) - When someone needs to drill a well for water, the first obvious step is figuring out where to drill. It's a dicey prospect, however, because the drilling is expensive—and a misfire can leave a homeowner with a useless hole in the ground that cost $4,000 to $5,...

Las Vegas Is Trying to Ban Ornamental Grass

Not the stuff in your yard, but what's along the street

(Newser) - A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and...

In Texas, a Dire Situation for Hospitals
Amid Texas Chaos,
a New Calamity

Amid Texas Chaos, a New Calamity

Hospitals are running out of water

(Newser) - The chaos in Texas amid freezing weather that has left millions in the cold and dark has made its way to the state's hospitals. One issue that has caused things to become especially dire at medical centers: a lack of running water, resulting in problems ranging from low water...

Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint
Congressman's Drink of Water
Becomes a Flashpoint
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Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back

(Newser) - Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
  • The start of it:
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EPA Mandate to City: Hand Out Bottled Water ASAP

In Newark, NJ, filters to keep lead out didn't work, leading to recommendation for bottled water

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls "an echo of Flint," a New Jersey city that's handed out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents whose water flows through old lead pipes now says those filters might not be working and is moving to Plan B....

'Liquid Death' Is an 'Extreme' Canned Water. Its Creator Has Raised $2.25M

The water costs nearly 2 bucks a can

(Newser) - When you think of "extreme" beverages, you probably think of Four Loko and the like. But the latest such beverage to hit the market is neither caffeinated nor alcoholic, because it's ... water. It's not even carbonated water. "Liquid Death," which will set you back $21....

New Crisis Hits Flooded Cities
New Crisis Hits Flooded Cities

New Crisis Hits Flooded Cities

Water treatment plants shut down

(Newser) - As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after their treatment plants shut down and left them in need of fresh water, the AP reports. Tanker trucks from the...

Doctors: Please Avoid the 'Boiling Water Challenge'

Just the words 'boiling water' should be enough, right?

(Newser) - Turns out that—we know, it's a shocker—boiling-hot water tossed in the air can come back down and burn you, CNN reports. This after eight people who took the so-called "boiling water challenge" were treated at a Chicago burn center, and a few others sought burn treatment...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

'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...

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...

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