Water

Millions of Americans Struggle To Pay Their Water Bills – Here’s How a National Water Aid Program Could Work

Should the U.S. help low-income households afford water service, as it does with heating and groceries? Chile does. An economist explains how it works there and how it could work here.

Salmon to Swim Free as Infrastructure Money Flows

The Biden infrastructure law includes $1B to remove fish barriers in several states.

Coastal States Seek to Limit Seawall Construction

Hard structures can hurt marine life and accelerate erosion elsewhere.

Wildfire Burn Scars, Raising Risk of Mudslides—This Is What Cascading Climate Disasters Look Like

Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.

A Billionaire Wants to Build an Inclusive Utopian City. Government Leaders Are Skeptical.

Former Walmart executive Marc Lore envisions the world’s first 'woke city’ somewhere in the U.S., costing upward of $400 billion and with an application to live there.

Drought-Stricken Western Towns Say No to Developers

“We need to protect the people who live here before we let more people come in.”

A Practical Case for Prioritizing Utility Cybersecurity

COMMENTARY | Utility leaders are behind the curve in cybersecurity policies and practice that will protect states and localities. It’s time for that to change.

40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis.

As Colorado River Basin States Confront Water Shortages, it’s Time to Focus on Reducing Demand

The federal government has declared a water shortage that will mean reductions in how much states can pull from the strained river system.

Infrastructure Bill Falls Billions Short on Funding to Replace Lead Pipes

Local leaders and water advocates say up to $60 billion is needed to clean up the dangerous national drinking water pipe problem but the infrastructure package provides only about $15 billion.

For-profit Water Infrastructure Should Not Get Taxpayer Subsidies

COMMENTARY | Most federal infrastructure proposals allow subsidies to flow to private water corporations. This amounts to a misuse of public funds.

The West Can End the Water Wars Now

Far-right radicals in Southern Oregon are threatening to bust open an irrigation canal. Instead, the region could be a model for managing watersheds in a warmer world.

Crumbling Water Facilities Need Central Role in Infrastructure Proposals

COMMENTARY | America’s network of drinking water plants, wastewater treatment facilities and subterranean pipes is in dire need of fixing. It has been deteriorating for years, jeopardizing the health of millions.

US Southwest, Already Parched, Sees ‘Virtual Water’ Drain Abroad

As the Colorado River Basin enters yet another year of drought, global companies are worsening the water crisis.

EPA Announces Intent to Give Governments Back More Authority Over Clean Water Act Rule

Last year 21 state attorneys general sued over a rule change to the act implemented by the Trump administration, saying it lessens states’ abilities to combat pollution.

In Wisconsin, Residents Bear the Impacts of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Four years after a facility disclosed water contamination, locals are using bottled water to cook and battling cancer.

GOP Senators Raise Infrastructure Counteroffer to $928B

Republicans and the White House are still far apart on the size of the package. And there are few signs of agreement on how to pay for it, with GOP lawmakers looking to repurpose Covid funding.

How Much Will it Cost to Replace All Lead Water Pipes in the U.S.?

The initial price is high, but the public health and economic benefits outweigh the costs in the long run, according to research by the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution.

Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the US and Worldwide

COMMENTARY | Unfortunately, pervasive pumping is causing groundwater levels to decline.

Wildfires Can Poison Drinking Water – Here’s How Communities Can be Better Prepared

COMMENTARY | Communities need to upgrade building codes to keep wildfires from causing this kind of widespread contamination of drinking water systems.