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Category: Resource Management :: Irrigation
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Winds heavily damage Weaselskin Farm south of Durango 30.6.2016 Durango Herald
A massive gust front is the likely culprit for upwards of $100,000 in damages Tuesday at Weaselskin Farm, about eight miles south of Durango on U.S. Highway 550.Mimi Thurston, whose family has ranched on Florida Mesa since the 1970s, said a storm that passed through Tuesday afternoon leveled an irrigation system, shutting down 160 acres...
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Congressional Office Building Has Lead-Tainted Water 29.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Groundskeepers have shut off all drinking water sources inside an office building at the U.S. Capitol after routine testing revealed high levels of lead.  Mamie Bittner, a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, said a recent water sample analysis showed that lead concentrations in the Cannon House Office Building's water exceeded the federal standard of 15 parts per billion. "While these tests continue, in an abundance of caution, we have turned off all drinking water sources and office-provided water filtration units in the Cannon House Office Building," Bittner said in an email. "Restrooms and kitchen sinks will be available for non-drinking use and bottled water will be available throughout the building," Bittner wrote. "Building operations will not be impacted. This situation only impacts the Cannon building." Lead is a poisonous metal that can cause miscarriages if pregnant women ingest it, and can damage the brains of young children.   It is long past time that Congress get ...
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Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage 28.6.2016 AP Top News
SALEM, West Bank (AP) -- As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps....
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Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage 28.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALEM, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps. Israel admits it’s been forced to cut water supplies […]
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Drought-stricken California may have a vast groundwater reserve that nobody knew about 28.6.2016 Washington Post
But some researchers suggested that the freshwater portion of the resource may already have been used or that it would do little to change the state's water plight.
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Fountain implements restrictions to avoid well-water use 25.6.2016 Denver Post: Local
The Fountain Utilities Department is on the cusp of reaching peak water demand so the city has put watering restrictions in place until further notice.
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Are your pipes made of lead? Here's a quick way to find out 24.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Use this Web tool to help us build a map of where lead pipes could be affecting people's drinking water.
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New data show blood lead levels spiked in children in Flint 24.6.2016 Washington Post
New data show blood lead levels spiked in children in Flint
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Are Your Pipes Made Of Lead? Here's A Quick Way To Find Out 24.6.2016 NPR News
Flint, Mich., brought the risk of lead pipes to many people's attention, but the problems go further. Help us build a map of where lead pipes could be affecting people's drinking water.
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Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophy, report says 23.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a...

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Water shoots up in air from pipe break in Prince George's County 20.6.2016 Washington Post
Water shoots up in air from pipe break in Prince George's County
Colorado Master Gardeners: Drip your way to a healthy, water-wise garden 15.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Thinking about changing your garden from a traditional sprinkler system to drip? Dazed and confused in the irrigation aisle at the garden center? No budget for an irrigation contractor? Fear not, drip irrigation is easier than it looks. First, draw a plan of your yard. Use one corner of the lot or the house as your “control point,” measure the distance to all features from this point and transfer the measurements to paper, using ¼ inch to represent 1 foot in the field. Locate big things first — the house, other structures, trees, shrubs, driveway and walkways. Then locate the exterior faucets and water supply to any existing irrigation system. Measure and draw existing and planned flower and vegetable beds and turf areas. When complete, make a couple copies of the drawing for planning purposes. Next, group plants with similar water requirements into single zones and consider how often each plant grouping/zone needs water. Turf should be irrigated with traditional sprinklers on its own zone(s) — avoid ...
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Double-check your builder to make sure he’s constructing your home right 14.6.2016 Washington Post
Double-check your builder to make sure he’s constructing your home right
Fun Fact: Lots of California Isn’t Metering Its Water 13.6.2016 Wired Top Stories
Fun Fact: Lots of California Isn’t Metering Its Water
Nobody cares how much water anybody else is using until there's not enough. That leads to some interesting legal predicaments. The post Fun Fact: Lots of California Isn’t Metering Its Water appeared first on WIRED.
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Navajo farm pipeline repairs finally finished 12.6.2016 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – Repairs to a pipeline that supplies water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation are finished and the system will be tested this weekend.The fixed pipe, which supplies water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico, will be tested in two phases, according to the Navajo Agricultural Products...
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Amid war, UN warns Syrians smoking is a grave health risk 9.6.2016 Washington Post: World
The World Health Organization has identified another grave risk to the health of Syrians in their war-torn country: tobacco.
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Amid war, UN warns Syrians smoking is a grave health risk 9.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has identified another grave risk to the health of Syrians in their war-torn country: tobacco. In a statement this week, the U.N. health agency warned that “notwithstanding the current crisis in the country,” Syrian officials should collaborate with the U.N. health agency to control the use of tobacco […]
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Officials say Minnesota schools smart on lead, but data scarce 8.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Minnesota and other states have few regulations governing lead in school water. While Minnesota officials say they believe schools are diligent about keeping lead out, they don't have the data to know for sure.
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The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere. 1.6.2016 Wired Top Stories
The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere.
The toxic disaster in Flint is not an isolated incident. US water infrastructure is a shambles, a haven for poisonous compounds and lethal bacteria. The post The Crisis in Flint Isn't Over. It's Everywhere. appeared first on WIRED.
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Fixing America's Water Crisis 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Let's face it: our water infrastructure is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that there are 240,000 water main breaks in the United States each year, averaging to about 700 each day. Leaky water pipes and other water waste accounts for the loss of an estimated 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water each day. Meanwhile, there are as many as 10 million lead service lines that connect water mains to homes and public buildings such as schools and hospitals across the country. The information about where these pipes are, and their potential for leaching lead is largely unknown. Across the U.S. there are over 90,000 schools and over 500,000 childcare facilities that aren't required to test their water for lead; potentially leaving America's most vulnerable citizens--our children--exposed to lead poisoning. The communities exposed to the potential consequences of lead poisoning are increasingly coming into focus. Cities like Washington, D.C. and Newark, New Jersey, are taking ...
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