Drinking Water

As soon as I found out that I would have the opportunity to interview Michael Washburn, the new Sustainability Director of Nestlé Waters, I decided to make that the centerpiece of a new series on The Future of Drinking Water, featuring a number of interviews and guest contributors. Because this issue of clean, safe potable water for everyone is so important, so confusing, and often so passionately argued, particularly around the question of bottled water, it seemed like a great time to take a carefully considered look at the issue from a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) perspective. I think if we peel apart the issue and some of the feelings associated with it apart, we will find a number of issues: ecological, political, social, economic, medical and psychological all mixed in with what is often portrayed as an environmental question.

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Fontus Water from Air Technology: The Answer to Water Insecurity?

Love those remote, out-of-the-way places but loathe the load of water you have to carry on your bike? A new startup has an…
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No Criminal Charges for Gov. Snyder in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed criminal charges against three state and city workers yesterday for their role in the Flint water crisis.…
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UNICEF Gamifies Giving Water, S’well Makes Water Bottles Fashionable

To save someone's life, all you have to do is set your phone down for a few minutes, go for a walk and…
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3p Weekend: Governments, Companies Tackle Water Scarcity

Tuesday, March 22, marked the 24th annual World Water Day. Governments and companies took the opportunity to unveil their latest plans to tackle…
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Harvesting Water from Fog: A Solution to Water Scarcity?

Countries are seeking creative solutions to tackle water scarcity. Could fog-harvesting be an option? It appears to be working in southwest Morocco.
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What Happened to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality?

Many have wondered how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality could fail Flint citizens so utterly and completely, and not only that, act…
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Did Cronyism in Michigan Make the Flint Water Crisis Worse?

Cronyism isn't new in politics, and given that there are no rules against it in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is crisscrossed with…
Downtown Flint Michigan two years before the water crisis sickened residents with lead poisoning.

The Flint Water Crisis And a Culture of Zero Accountability

Along with the emergency manager law, Michigan government's lack of accountability and transparency contributed to the conditions that facilitated the Flint water crisis.
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Mark Ruffalo, Van Jones Join Bus Tour to Highlight the Flint Water Crisis

A group of activists and artists will travel across Flint this morning to call attention to the ongoing water crisis. Participants include billionaire…
Innovations like this micro-subsurface drip irrigation system allow farmers to support their crops while conserving water.

Quenching Cotton’s Thirst: Reducing the Use of Water in the Cotton Lifecycle

Seventy percent of the earth’s fresh water goes toward agriculture production. Cotton sucks up about 3 percent of this, which is pretty significant,…
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Yet Another Study Links Fracking And Water Contamination

Dog bites man: Yet another report nails fracking as the source of contamination in drinking-water resources.
Protesters call for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in the wake of the Flint water crisis.

How Michigan’s Elimination of Democracy Poisoned a City

How could something like the Flint water crisis happen? Just take a look at Michigan's rotten political culture.
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The Flint Water Crisis: A Timeline

After the Michigan city switched its drinking water source to the Flint River to save money, enough lead to qualify as toxic waste…
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Flint Water Crisis: Donations are Rolling In, But Will They Be Enough?

People around the country are rallying behind Flint, Michigan, and sending bottled water to residents in the wake of the city's ongoing drinking…
Marine explores the Ganges by boat on her Fund for Teachers fellowship.

Fund for Teachers Grant Inspires Water Study in India, Engagement in Class

With a $5,000 teacher grant, an Earth Science teacher spent six weeks in India documenting the global water crisis to make sustainability relevant…
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