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So All May Drink Wisely From The Colorado

So All May Drink Wisely From The Colorado

The Monitor's View Wed Feb 28, 3:00 AM ET
The seven thirsty states that drink from the Colorado River have learned a lot about conserving water, from desert landscaping to underground storage. But a credible new study shows that won't be enough to solve the region's water supply problem.
Tough choices lie ahead.

The study by the National Research Council used tree-ring differences to track the history of water flow in the river basin. It revealed that the years prior to a 1922 compact that set multistate sharing were exceptionally wet. That pact is still in effect. Extended droughts, such as the one the region has been experiencing since 2000, have been common. The seven states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming - should be prepared for extended and possibly more severe droughts, according to the study. Right now, the basin's two big reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are about half full.


Six Million Face Water Shortages Due To Drought In China

Six Million Face Water Shortages In China
Long term drought in Guangdong Province, a symptom of global warming.

March 1, 2007

BEIJING - A severe drought in southwestern China is threatening the water supplies of six million people in the crowded metropolis of Chongqing, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The city faces an acute water shortage in early March due to a continuing drought along the Yangtze River, the agency said citing a local meteorological expert.

"The city will be lacking at least 500 million cubic metres of drinking and irrigation water and about six million people will be thirsty," Xinhua quoted the local meteorologist as saying.

Official figures show that the amount of water stored in Chongqing's reservoirs is around 1.17 billion cubic meters, less than half the normal storage, it said.

The southern province of Guangdong said it was considering rationing water to industry, farms and residents to ease a drought there.

Last summer's drought was the worst …

World Water Day Is March 22

World Water Day

News from Water Partners International regarding World Water Day for 2007 and the efforts you can join to commemorate this day and build a lifetime of commitment to solving the global water crisis.

The international observance of World Water Day (March 22) is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. It's goal is to raise awareness of the global water crisis that affects more than a billion people and claims the life of one child every 15 seconds, with water scarcity becoming a more prevalent crisis every year.

I encourage you to wear blue that day and to also pledge to conserve the amount of water you currently use, or you can offset water as you do carbon. Everytime you wash dishes, take a shower, wash your car, etc., fill a jar with a dollar. You will be amazed at how much money you can accumulate in even two weeks time that could be sent as a donation to a good organization like Water Partne…