• On October 5, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order from President Obama which establishes the Federal Government as a leader in adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The order addresses issues such as energy usage and green house gas emissions to strategies to improve water efficiency and management.
    Some of the highlights of the water policy: (Section 2(d))
    – reducing potable water consumption by 26 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – reducing agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water consumption by 20 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – identify, promote and implement water reuse strategies that reduce potable water consumption
    – Stormwater guidance for Federal Facilities

    Source: October 5, 2009 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

  • 29 Dec 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Rain harvesting saves Tucson water

    TUCSON — Tucson’s push to use rainwater to meet landscaping needs could serve as a model for dry regions throughout the nation, Arizona environmentalists said.

    Beginning next year, new businesses in Tucson must use rainwater for at least half of their landscaping needs.

    If all of Tucson’s rainwater could be collected, it would amount to about 75 percent of the water delivered to homes and businesses each year, said Jim Riley, a University of Arizona hydrologist who teaches about rainwater harvesting.

    Source: Dec. 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM by United Press International

  • 17 Sep 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Post by Dr. Peter Gleick
    President, Pacific Institute

    >> Click here to view the original article and full story << California is in the midst of an ugly debate about water--uglier than normal--because of a confluence of events, including a "hydrologic" drought caused by nature, a longer-term trend to restore some water back to failing ecosystems, and the gross mismanagement of the state's water, which has been going on for a century, but is affecting us now more than ever. But despite all of the rhetoric, news stories, name-calling, yelling, and screaming, Californians have very little clue about what a real water crisis looks like. It looks like what's happening in Australia. Today's Water Number: Water Number: 18,000 tons of rice. That is the total rice production from all of Australia last year, compared to the long-term average from 1970 of over 720,000 tons, and the high (in 2000) of over 1.6 million tons. Effectively, Australian rice production has dropped to zero because there is not enough water. And that is only one measure of the severity of their water crisis. Read more…

  • 17 Sep 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    By Betsy Loeff
    Utilimetrics News Contributing Writer

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    Into each life a little rain must fall. But, if you live in Colorado, don’t try capturing it in rain barrels so that you can use it in your garden later. That’s illegal in this Western state. The same goes for Utah. However, legislators are trying to change rainwater-harvesting prohibitions.

    Hands Off! It’s Mine!
    Water rights in the United States generally fall within two camps. Riparian rights are common in the Eastern U.S., and they specify that if landowners own property adjacent to a water source, those people have the right to make use of the water. If there is not enough water for all users to get their fill, allotments follow a percentage that reflects the amount of land fronting the water.

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  • 28 Aug 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Associated Press Writer

    Posted: Jul. 5, 2009

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Long dependent on wellwater and supplies sent hundreds of miles by canal from the Colorado River, this desert city will soon harvest some of its 12 inches of annual rainfall to help bolster its water resources.

    Under the nation’s first municipal rainwater harvesting ordinance for commercial projects, Tucson developers building new business, corporate or commercial structures will have to supply half of the water needed for landscaping from harvested rainwater starting next year.

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    Copyright 2009 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved.

    Raleigh, N.C. — Thirteen companies have won inaugural grants of up to $100,000 from the North Carolina Green Business Fund.

    The fund, which was created by state lawmakers last year, is designed to help small businesses with fewer than 100 employees develop and market promising green and alternative energy technologies.

    “We have all the right assets to be a leader in going green in North Carolina – great agricultural diversity, a booming biotech sector, and world-class entrepreneurs and researchers,” Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, who proposed the fund, said in a statement. “This fund will jump start efforts to build a green economy that’s good for business and the environment.”