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December, 2003

North and South Dakota ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear Missouri River dispute. State of Missouri plans to oppose request. AP/Aberdeen News 12/30/03

Water is the new cash crop. Thirsty West eyes water-rich farms. AP/Los Angeles Daily News 12/27/03

Arizona town's hydrologist sees holistic solution to area water problems. Everything is on the table for area groundwater search. "There are no guarantees in the water business," says town geologist. The Payson Roundup 12/26/03

Low water discloses zebra mussel population explosion. El Dorado's zebra mussels are the first in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle 12/27/03

Georgia governor offers loan program to help rebuild Atlanta's sewers. State's good credit rating will help cut repayment costs. Total project estimated at $3.2 billion. Atlanta Journal Constitution 12/24/03
Tap water still on in California earthquake zone. Divers will check reservoir for cracks. San Francisco Chronicle 12/24/03

Don't do this. Mississippi wastewater lawyer accidentally sticks doughnut cost onto bill. AP/WAPT 12/23/03

Corps of Engineers begins release of water at El Dorado Reservoir in Kansas. Goal is to kill infestation of zebra mussels by freezing and drying. Topeka Capital-Journal 12/21/03

U.S. officials believe hepatitus A outbreak that sickened more than 900 originated with contaminated water in Mexico, but there's no proof. Mexican officials deny country is responsible.  San Diego Union Tribune 12/16/03 

Aquarion Water Co. asks New Hampshire to lift moratorium on development within its service area.  Portsmouth Herald 12/14/03

Ohio county officials oppose $49 million private water system.  Port Clinton News Herald 12/11/03

Denver and other fast-growing cities in the Southwest can meet water needs by reducing bluegrass in new developments, plugging leaks in water systems and charging more for increased consumption, report says.  Rocky Mountain News 12/10/03

Full report from Western Resource Advocates on water use in the urban west. 12/10/03

Fallon, Nevada parents celebrate bottled-water victory. Arsenic in public water supply led to $100,000 federal grant for bottled water for schools.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 12/10/03

Arkansas town considers water rate break for senior citizens.  The Morning News 12/9/03

Michigan's well problem. Irrigate the field or flush the toilet. In some areas there's not enough water to do both.  AP/Newsday 12/8/03

U.S. Senator McCain to decide soon on huge federal land swap in Arizona. Water is a major issue.  Arizona Republic 12/7/03

New U.S. Commissioner on the International Boundary and Water Commission said he'll use the ambassador-level post to strengthen relations between Mexico and the U.S. Describes himself as "facilitator" for the many outstanding water issues.  El Paso Times 12/6/03

Oregon's upper Deschutes River is running low to keep water in the Wickiup Reservoir.  Statesman Journal 12/6/03

Water is the key suspect in the hepatitis A outbreak that killed three in Pennsylvania and sickened more than 900. Inspectors are checking water and ice facilities in Baja California where onions that could have carried sickness are grown and packed.  San Diego Union Tribune 12/2/03

President Bush signs $27.3 billion energy bill that is packed with hundreds of water projects from coast to coast.  AP/Yahoo 12/2/03

Opinion: South Florida Water Management District attacks the wrong messengers.  Palm Beach Post 12/1/03

November 2003

Delaware Community focuses on available water to plan for growth. Cape Gazette 11/30/03

Sioux County, North Dakota residents will know Wednesday if it is safe to drink newly flowing tap water. Faucets ran dry Monday when Lake Oahe got too low.  Bismarck Tribune 11/29/03  

North Carolina village seeks change on water purchase deal with county. The Pilot 11/28/03

Another Florida county headed toward more restrictive water regulations as the dry winter season begins.  Naples Daily News 11/29/03

Green Bay, Wisconsin's new water commission could rekindle stalled water talks with the suburbs. Green Bay Press-Gazette 11/20/03 

More water was used in Las Vegas last month than in October a year ago, despite a push for conservation.  Las Vegas Review-Journal 11/20/03

Florida's town of Weeki Wachee--population 9--wins a round. Swiftmud won't try to end the attraction's lease should it miss a Jan. 31 deadline for work on its sewer plant.  St. Petersburg Times 11/19/03  

Green Bay, Wisconsin mayor fires entire water commission. Issue is cost of meeting radium standards and supplying suburbs.   Reps from city's biggest water users among those axed.  Green Bay News-Chronicle 11/18/03

Georgia looking at a plan to soak water wasters.  Atlanta Business Journal 11/17/03

About 31,000 Reno, Nevada area residents may get water meters to spur conservation. Reno Gazette-Journal 11/16/03

After four days, 300,000 New Jersey residents can use tap water. Water main break repaired.  Jersey Journal 11/14/03

Nevada again denies water rights for federal nuclear dump.  AP/Las Vegas Sun 11/13/03

Appreciations: Death of a Sewer Worker.  New York Times 11/13/03

Some 300,000 New Jersey residents urged to boil water after severe main break Tuesday in Jersey City.  Newsday 11/12/03

Utility threatens to cut off water supply to Arkansas state capitol. Embarrassed officials promise to conduct required contamination-prevention inspections.  AP/Kait8 11/12/03

Georgia plans statewide campaign to encourage water conservation. State's population growth depends on more efficient water use, supporters say.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/10/03

Opinion: California's modern water barons dining very well at ratepayer expense.  Sacramento Bee 11/9/03

Albuquerque wins huge water victory. Congressional conference committee decides city water won't be used to protect endangered species.  Albuquerque Business Journal 11/6/03

Mexico's Fox moves to ease relations with Texas. Meets with governor and discusses Mexico's massive water debt.  Reuters 11/6/03

California issues "Show Me the Water" guidebook. State law requires new developments to have a source of water.  Imperial Valley Irrigation District 11/6/03

Connecticut town turns down $500,000 request to link school to water system.   Maybe next year.  Newtown Bee 11/6/03

Cost of connecting Green Bay, Wisconsin's suburbs to water drops $8.75 million.  Green Bay Press-Gazette 11/6/03

In a Texas community, 101 voters go to the polls. A majority supports building new sewer line.  The Baytown Sun 11/5/03

Voters in North Carolina town approve $16 million to buy the village's water and sewer system.  The Pilot Newspaper 11/5/03

Detroit says suburbs wrong about being grossly overcharged for water. Suburbs' report of overcharges is inaccurate, incomplete, irresponsible and misleading, says consultant for the city.  Detroit Free Press 11/4/03

Mischief at suburban Chicago water treatment plant is costly. Public Works director wants those responsible to pay the $3,000 to $5,000 clean up cost.  Daily Herald 11/4/03

North Carolina town votes on $16 million water and sewer system. Biggest issue in nearly a quarter century.  News 14 Carolina 11/3/03

Democratic candidate Kerry spells out his river runoff plan.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 11/3/03

Maryland town using water revenue to balance its general fund. Part of a series.  Times-News 11/2/03

October, 2003

Approaching darkness blocked California aerial firefighters from immediately dropping water on San Diego blaze.  AP/Belleville News Democrat 10/31/03

California fires: Where were the aerial water drops? Government officials point fingers at each other and at private firms that are accused of delays.  L.A. Times 10/29/03

Southern California's Metropolitan Water District says it is supplying the state with free water from its lakes for planes and helicopters to fight the fires.  Press Release 10/29/03

Three South Carolina reservoirs are closed to the public but five Greenville commissioners get to fish and enjoy the scenery. "It's the only perk of the job," says one.  AP/The State 10/29/03

Suburbs take first steps to break away from Detroit water department. Angered by rate increases.  Detroit Free Press 10/28/03

Marlborough, Massachusetts water treatment plant to remain closed until cause of dangerous fluoride spill located.  Daily News 10/28/03

The Long Beach, California water department is one of few in U.S. with its own bottling plant. Now it's teaming with the Red Cross and other agencies to send free water to southern California fire refugees and firefighters.  Business Wire 10/28/03

Tybee Island, Georgia residents angry they weren't told coliform bacteria contaminated their drinking water. Official says he misunderstood the law.  AP/ 10/28/03 

California's San Diego County Water Authority urges homes and businesses to conserve water during fires. Water pressure is needed for firefighters.  Press Release 10/27/03

Tennessee to buy water filters for three homes where residents for years drank spring water contaminated by a landfill.  Tennessean 10/25/03

Illinois residents name water quality the most important issue in their communities.  Eagle Publications 10/24/03

After a year and a half, Tennessee town now can drink the water that comes from its taps. Contamination had shut down the water supply.  WBIR-TV 10/24/03

Boothbay, Maine citizens seek ways to keep water supply alive. One suggestion: enact local laws that are strictly enforced.  Boothbay Register 10/24/03

Opinions fly as North Carolina town debates value of approving a $16 million referendum to buy water and sewer system from the county.  The Pilot 10/24/03 

Connecticut state agency overturns boundaries for Mashantucket Pequot water sales. Communities feared expanded boundaries gave tribe too much control over future development.  Norwich Bulletin 10/24/03

Colorado's two largest utilities go head-to-head over cost of recycled water. Xcel Energy threatens to sue the Denver Water Board.  Rocky Mountain News 10/23/03

Detroit adds ozone to its drinking water. Better taste and better for the environment, say officials.  Detroit Free Press 10/23/03

Population increases over the next 20 years could dry up wetlands and lakes around Gainesville, Florida.  Gainesville Sun 10/23/03

Indiana town split over future of community water department. Tempers flare and accusations fly.  Post-Tribune 10/21/03

Georgia governor to propose state water plan next year.  Atlanta Business Chronicle 10/22/03

Arizona town turns off water after teens break into reservoir for a swim. Officials say no contamination found. Sierra Vista Herald 10/17/03  

Complexity and old age jeopardize New York's water pipe system.  NY Times 10/17/03

Minute Maid leaves New Jersey town. Will it also lose its water system?  Herald 10/17/03

New Jersey town is told it can't supply free water to its only church.    Newsday 10/16/03

St. Joseph, Missouri will abandon plans to take over its water company. Missouri-American Water promises to improve communication and customer service.  St. Joseph News-Press 10/16/03

Fears of increased water rates and unsightly covers spark opposition to enclosing Portland, Oregon reservoirs. Many other big cities ditching open water reservoirs.  Oregonian 10/15/03

Minnesota governor calls for $226 million extension of clean-water plan. Most of the money would come from federal grants.  Star Tribune 10/14/03

Proposed Wyoming water well concerns oil company. Lowering water table may reduce oil production.  AP/Casper Star Tribune 10/13/03

Florida governor appoints utility exec to governing board of St. Johns River Water Management District.  Jacksonville Business Journal 10/13/03

Outgoing California governor signs bill requiring most cities in the state's Central Valley to install residential water meters. Sacramento exempt.  Sacramento Bee 10/11/03

Eleven Texas cities that depend on shrinking Lake Meredith have their water allocations reduced. Most say they still can meet demands.  AP/Star Telegram 10/9/03

New Pennsylvania law requires anyone who uses 10,000 gallons of water a day to register a water source. Requirement includes farms.  Farm and Dairy 10/9/03

New California water plan. It doesn't call for big new reservoirs or predict serious water shortages. It also doesn't call for statewide regulation of groundwater as environmentalists encourage.  Sacramento Bee 10/8/03

Almost 170 private wells in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, contaminated by Hurricane Isabel. County urges all well owners to test water.  Washington Post 10/8/03

Only 16 months after voters approved it, the Rapid City, South Dakota city council repeals a controversial water impact fee. Charge levied when water is hooked up. Amount based on size of the building.  Rapid City Journal 10/7/03

Alleged sabotage at Florida water treatment plant fixed before any damage done. Could have been mistake, not deliberate.  Orlando Sentinel

Georgia lawmakers pause to consider options surrounding efforts to allow water rights sales and trades.  Post-Searchlight

New Mexico's largest newspaper is Albuquerque's biggest water waster. City says it's OK for paper to keep using drinking water on its landscaping.  KRQE-TV  

Dickson County, Tennessee water officials fear rumors harming confidence in local water supply. Blame celebrity California law firm.  Dickson Herald

September, 2003

Honolulu illegally dumped millions of gallons of recycled water purchased from United States Filter Corp. EPA says irrigation-grade water is used to flush treatment plant.  Honolulu Advertiser

Vermont governor announces ambitious plan to clean up Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways. Proposal allows Vermonters to invest in bonds to help pay for the work.  AP/Bennington Banner

As rural water systems fail, residents of small towns nationwide sometimes lay pipelines themselves.  AP/Kansas City Star  

Despite last year's drought, New Jersey is issuing water permits to big users at its fastest rate in a decade.  Newark Star-Ledger 

Southern Nevada water officials approve $160,000 study of economic impact on restricting urban growth in the Las Vegas area.  AP/Las Vegas Sun

Sonoma County Water Agency warns suburbs north of San Francisco, Calif., to curtain development. Future water supplies uncertain.  Press Democrat

Arizona's Salt River Project to use three-to-five times more groundwater this year than usual.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle

Bacteria discovered in Connecticut town's water system. About 4,500 residents urged to boil water at least until early next week.

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin votes to draw half its drinking water from Lake Winnebago to reduce radium levels. Estimated cost: $24 million.  The Reporter  

Pennsylvania seeks replacement of water supplies lost to longwall mining.  Post-Gazette

Tucson, Arizona water agency looking at water meters for apartments. Utility is part of 13-city national study.  AP/

Huron, South Dakota expects water to flow by December through new $6 million Missouri River treatment and transmission line.  Huron Plainsman

Tyler, Texas water district to provide free water hookups for area houses built by Habitat for Humanity.  East Texas Review

Brita will pull ad mocking New York City water.  NY Times

Four incendiary devices found at Michigan water bottling plant. Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility. Says company stealing well water for profit.  AP/Guardian

Michigan politicians blast Detroit water executives for lack of water up to five days after August blackout.  The Macomb Daily  

Opposition organizing to Portland, Ore. plan to bury water reservoirs. Security plan would cost $76 million from ratepayer funds.  Oregonian

New South Dakota water treatment plant may be needed for Homestake runoff.  AP/Abderdeen News

Artesian water well failures in Wyoming's Powder River Breaks country are raising concerns that coalbed methane development could have profound and potentially hazardous impacts on water wells.  Casper Star Tribune

Florida newspaper to begin 15-part series on Gulf of Mexico pollution:Thirty years after Congress passed the federal Clean Water Act, the Gulf is becoming a sewer. Series in the Naples Daily News starts next Sunday. Naples Daily News

Illinois towns scramble for money to upgrade sewers and drinking water. "Some communities can simply not raise rates high enough to meet the needs they have," state EPA official says.  AP/

John Wagner named Wyoming's new water quality administrator. Veteran of more than 30 years with the state's Dept. of Environmental Quality.  Casper Star-Tribune 

Missouri water district board elects new president...then votes to sue him.  Daily American Republic

Wyoming explores regional water supply, storage, treatment and delivery system along the North Platte River.  Torrington Telegram

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suspends 37 water-use permits for golf courses and other facilities in 10 Minnesota watersheds. Unusually dry conditions force action.  Duluth News Tribune

Corps. of Engineers and Texas and Oklahoma cities begin talks on reallocation of Lake Texoma water.  Herald Democrat

After a two-year hiatus, three Rhode Island towns should have their water treatment plant back by January. The $1.5 million renovation was the only major redo since the plant was built in 1908.  Providence Journal

Oregon water board fires general manager. They went in different directions.  Oregonian   

New Mexico conservation groups label pending federal water legislation anti-environmental.  Carlsbad Current-Argus

Michigan lawmakers schedule hearing on water and sewage outages during August blackout.  Redford Observer  

New Mexico briefs lawmakers on $245 million Ute Water Project. Next step: Seek $195 million from Congress.  Clovis News Journal

Drought in Southwest could last for decades, New Mexico conference warned.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 

Atlanta company recalls 3.2 million bottles of water. Defective caps pose choking hazard to young children.  AP/Kansas City Star

Political boundaries may be crumbling under interstate water compacts but Wyoming official warns of invisible borders: rural-urban, industry-environment and, of course, time.  Casper Star Tribune

Peace comes to Colorado subdivision after seven years of water conflict.  Durango Herald

Quick work there, chief. Suspect in West Virginia water company break-in in custody three hours after thefts discovered.   Morgan Messenger    

Erin Brockovich to tell public meeting what she has learned about groundwater contamination in Dickson County, Tenn., and its possible link to illnesses.  The Tennessean  

North Florida county opposes any plan to ship water to south Florida from slower-growing areas. City of Gainesville also could join the fight.  Gainesville Sun 

Senate version of Energy and Water bill contains $4.25 million for Bend, Oregon-area projects.

Tennessee water projects part of U.S. Senate Energy, Water Bill.

Green Bay, Wisc. suburb may side-step fractious negotiations and opt for alliance with a different water district.  Green Bay Press-Gazette

Economically depressed Ohio city pleads for five-year break from federal storm water regulations.  Cincinnati Enquirer

Utah needs at least $5.3 billion for water projects to handle growth in next 20 years. Lake Powell pipeline and moving water from other rural areas costs $1.1 billion more.  The Casper Star-Tribune

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce urging members to cut outdoor water use. Members include major developers. Goal:less grass.  Las Vegas Sun

Home hot water pipes linked to Legionnaires disease. AP/

New head of Western Governors' Assn. wants West to present a united front on regional issues, including water policy.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle

Feature: Regional leaders search for solutions to Florida's water problems. Years of sprawling growth and poorly conceived water policies create crisis.  Orlando Business Journal

Georgia pulls plug on state water coordinator. Move opens the door to more water draining fiefdoms.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kansas City to `listen' for water leaks and then fix them.  Kansas City Star

Alabama newspaper seeking water board records on reasons for well closure. Shortly before well was shut down, paper reported it was contaminated with PCE.  Daily Home

Flathead Reservation water talks with Montana officials to restart.  Missoulian

Put bottled water, not soda, in school lunch boxes, new advocacy report says.  AP

Illinois town fighting contaminated water supply since May is starting to boil.  The Telegraph

Utah may soon face a war over water rights. More rights have been granted than there is available water.  KSL News

Ridding drinking water supplies of medicine and pharmaceuticals could be easy fix, according to an EPA study by a University of Missouri-Rolla researcher.  News-Leader

Texas town complains about its stinking water. The problem is too much drinking water. Really.  the

Nevada governor requests federal drought disaster designation for entire state. Four dry years and another on the way.  Reno Gazette Journal

Secret negotiations with Corps. of Engineers could give Atlanta more water. Alabama and Florida not consulted. Atlanta Journal Constitution

New Mexico environmental and religious coalition urge federal officials to stay out of Rio Grande endangered species negotiations. Albuquerque Tribune

Nebraska district votes to join others in three-state management of Republican River water. Kansas and Colorado also working on details of negotiated court settlement.  The Independent  

Illinois county plans backup power for its water system in case of disaster.  Daily Herald

State of Rhode Island to town: Paint your water tower and hire another staffer. Town to Rhode Island: Gulp. We'll try.  The Call

Carson City, Nevada looks to purchase water from California's Lost Lake reservoir. Move preserves local groundwater.  AP/Las Vegas Sun

Florida county could lose millions of gallons of water under new proposal. Plan is to ship it south.  Gainesville Sun

Ice may stop the leaks in Florida's Everglades. Ice? In Florida? Miami Herald

Protecting U.S. water supplies against terrorists: Water officials switch from defense to offense. CBS News

Great Lakes at lowest level in years. It will take a long time to come back. Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers/Post-Crescent


New Mexico tries for a new water plan. Old rules said, use it or lose it. Mountain View Telegraph

Florida water district seeks U.S. Supreme Court permission to send polluted water into the Everglades. "This case has nationwide consequences," water attorney says. Sun-Sentinel

FBI: al-Qaida may try to poison U.S.water. Senior official says al-Qaida is determined, even though its presence is relatively small. AP/Yahoo

California farmers cheer court decision revisiting massive state-federal water plan. Farmers feared loss of land. Fresno Bee

EPA creates water security division. Move designed to further protect the nation's water systems. U.S. Newswire

Congressmen to ask for federal review of Pensacola, Florida groundwater contamination. Part 4. Pensacola News Journal

Grand Jury may investigate Florida water utility's role in radium pollution case. Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola, Florida water well contamination: companies convinced EPA multi-million dollar fixes were unnecessary. EPA official says agency should relook at case, newspaper reports. Part 3. Pensacola News Journal

Conoco disputes accusations in toxic pollution lawsuit. Accuses opponents of running "disinformation campaign." Pensacola News

Florida utility board wasn't told seriousness of radium levels in water, newspaper reports. Part 2. Pensacola News Journal .

Radioactive water flowed to thousands of Pensacola, Florida homes. Part I. People were drinking it as recently as the fall of 2000. Pensacola News Journal

EPA urges water meters for apartments. Yahoo

Seattle apartment renters complain of high water bills. City council looking at issue. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Drinking-water decree looms. Illinois water systems scramble to sharply limit radium in water. Chicago Tribune

Rapid City, South Dakota extends water conservation measures.Reservoir levels continue to fall. AP/Aberdeen News

"We've got our well!" Pell City, Alabama's two-year search for an additional water source may be over. Birmingham News
Small Florida counties uniting in opposition to development interests that eye rural water. Tampa Tribune
Family claims Tennessee county lied about TCE contamination of well water. Dickson Herald

EPA report opposes Bush administration plan to remove some waterways from Clean Water protection. More than 3 million users near D.C. would have no protection for drinking water, report says. Washington Post
Interior Dept. to investigate possible White House interference with Klamath River water policy. AP/Yahoo

Drought not letting up on West's farmers. AP/Arizona Republic
Michigan lawmaker seeks disqualification of federal judge overseeing Detroit's water and sewer department. Judge’s job to ensure Detroit water meets federal standards. Detroit Free Press

Task force begins work on protecting South Carolina's use of water. The State
Connecticut research lab falsified tests on water and other environmental samples. Criminal charges possible. New York Times

Rapid City, South Dakota will extend its water conservation requirements at least through the end of November. Little rain for two years keeps reservoir low. Rapid City Journal
Denver Water Board calls off drought-imposed water restrictions, effective Oct. 1. Reservoirs full enough to water lawns.

August, 2003

EPA to promote public awareness of water efficiency. more than 36 states expect water shortages over the next ten years even without drought conditions. U.S. Newswire/Yahoo
Atlantic cruise cut short after hundreds on ship come down with virus carried by contaminated food and water. AP/San Francisco Chronicle  

Feature: The Battle over Water Rights, Water in the West: the first one to use the water, gets it. NPR

Colorado water utilities won't identify biggest users. Cite privacy laws. Not all information has to be secret, replies public policy expert. Colorado Springs Gazette

California Senate passes scaled-down water meter bill. About one-third of state's unmetered cities will have to install them. Bill now goes to state Assembly. Sacramento Bee

For the first time in years, students and teachers at schools on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota soon can safely drink from water fountains and faucets. A $328,000 gift from the Mdewakanton Sioux community will connect the schools to the reservation water supply. Rapid City Journal 

Moss Point, Mississippi gets a $10 million reverse osmosis treatment system to improve the city's water. Money comes from Rohm & Haas as an alternative to a $10 million fine for environmental violations at its now-closed chemical plant. Pascagoula Mississippi Press

Palm Beach County, Florida votes to fluoridate drinking water. Opponents raise health concerns. Sun-Sentinel

Special judge named in contentious Kentucky water case. Lexington seeks to condemn and acquire its privately owned water supplier, Kentucky American Water Co. AP/WKYT

Legislator calls for water use research. Last in a three-part series examining the hazards facing Connecticut's water supply. New Britain Herald

Connecticut Rivers showing strain. Second in a three-part series examining the hazards facing Connecticut's water supply after two decades of substandard oversight. The Middletown Press

Two decades of substandard oversight leaves Connecticut vulnerable to unregulated siphoning of water supplies. First of a three-part series. New Britain Herald 

Akron and suburbs urged to boil drinking water. Restrictions in effect through tonight. The Akron Beacon Journal

New Mexico governor's mansion among biggest residential water users in Santa Fe.   KRQE-TV

Liquid Gold: West Texas water boomtown. It's all about money. Austin American-Statesman

The USDA Office of Rural Development grants $2.3 million to South Dakota county and loans another $1.7 million for development of its rural water system. Aberdeen, S.D. News

Small North Carolina water treatment plants hustle to meet homeland security standards. Shelby Star

$109 million North Carolina water treatment plant will double consumer water bills. But groundwater use will drop.

Northwest Arkansas trys one more time for $1.2 million grant to bring water to 500 users. Area wells just not bad enough to qualify. Northwest Arkansas Times

Northwest Kansas nonprofit water foundation. Officials plan to buy rights and reduce use of the dwindling Ogallala Aquifer. They'll find money wherever they can. AP/Lawrence Journal World

Broken water billing system skipped thousands of Portland, Or. customers. New $10 million system sought.KATU 2 - Portland, Oregon

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Greenwood, Arkansas exploring water in mineshaft as alternative to expensive new dam or storage. KHBS

It was agriculture vs. industry and urban vs. rural at New Mexico water meeting. Goal is statewide water plan. Albuquerque Tribune

Voluntary cuts in water use drop Oahu water consumption 5%. If consumers stick with it, mandatory cuts may be scrapped. AP/NEWS-8 

Rural water districts restrict services as groundwater levels continue to drop in northeast Kansas. Eleven counties already are on emergency drought status. Topeka-Capital Journal

Olathe, Kan. eases some water restrictions. Odd-even watering now OK. KMBC-9

Earlier: Olathe, Kansas institutes emergency water restrictions. No outside watering, including lawns, cars or pools. The Kansas City Star

Reservoirs near the Idaho-Wyoming border dropping to the lowest level in 50 years. ''It could be a tough fall for some folks,'' says regional watermaster. AP/Casper Star-Tribune

Kickapoo reservation struggles with water shortage. Tiny, muddy lake that is sole supply is two feet deep, and dropping. Kansas City Star

Court sides with state and tribe in water dispute. Ruling could affect water rights in California and the West. Sacramento Business Journal
North vs. South in Florida Water Wars?
Developers covet northern rivers.
St. Petersburg Times

Simple fixes could bring water to millions.

Aurora, Co., to double water supply by 2035.
Rocky Mountain News

Book Reviews
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, by Marq de Villiers: Though the news isn't cheery, he believes we can fix what's gone wrong. The Globe and Mail

August, 2003

New book details politics, power in Florida water wars. Think Chinatown. The Ledger

Behind the scenes at Vivendi. New book sheds light on deals, including $15 billion debt attached to Vivendi's water and sewage subsidiary, Vivendi Environment. New York Post





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