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Five free webinars to help household water well owners with issues including drought, turbid water, and well disinfection are being offered July through early September by the National Ground Water Association. The Globe reports. | READ MORE
Kitchener, Ont. – The Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival welcomed more than 1,000 students on May 31, the last day of the annual event at Doon Heritage Village in Kitchener, Ont.
Los Angeles – A new study by researchers from UCLA and the University of Houston reveals significant ground water loss in California’s Central Valley during the recent drought and sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area. UCLA reports. | READ MORE
United States – A new web-based service offered in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas and now California aims to make finding information on water rights  easier for individuals and institutions alike. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
In a special video wrap-up of Ground Water Awareness Week, we look at how ground water festivals are educating children about water and a B.C. community that is standing strong in protecting its aquifer and ground water system.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association's WellOwner.org hub hosts a video channel featuring short films on well cleaning, decommissioning and other topics of interest to well owners.
Australia – A newly developed mobile application can come to the aid of experts looking to source data on ground water level and create awareness about the issue among farmers. Money Control reports. | READ MORE
California – Stanford Earth’s Rosemary Knight recently spearheaded a project to map underground freshwater resources and forecast the intrusion of saltwater into aquifers beneath the California coastal town of Marina.
Whereas oil, gas, uranium, and other metal and mineral reservoirs (including diamonds!) are understood in this country, ground water reservoirs are still not fully understood.
Peace River, B.C. – Geoscience BC is set to continue work this spring on its mapping of ground water resources throughout the Peace River valley. Information from these wells will be used to ground-proof results from previous aerial surveys. Alaska Highway News reports. | READ MORE
Breisgau, Germany – A team of international researchers led by a University of Freiburg hydrologist suggests the inclusion of currently missing key hydrological processes in large-scale climate change impact models can significantly improve our estimates of water availability. Innovations Report summarizes the study. | READ MORE
Dundurn, Sask. – A farmer and former professor and extension specialist at the University of Saskatchewan explores mapping of water table moisture and discusses such data resources as the historic Grey Books and current Water Security Agency in Moose Jaw. Grainews reports. | READ MORE
Forest, WI – An artesian well, set back just a few feet from the road in the town of Forest in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County offers a continuous flow of water from a stainless steel spigot. The Fond du Lac Reporter details the history of the artesian well. | READ MORE
Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water recently released a report on lead in drinking water with an eye to updating the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Comments were taken from the public until March 15.
Calgary – University of Calgary researchers say there’s enough evidence to suggest a direct link between the use of antibiotics in animals and antibiotic resistance and that antibiotic resistance can be passed on from waste leaching into lakes and rivers that supply drinking water.
New York – Researchers at the Columbia Water Center are analyzing trends in drinking water quality violations across many decades as part of America’s Water, a National Science Foundation-funded project. Columbia Water Center reports. | READ MORE
South Asia – Sixty per cent of the ground water in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, a research article in the journal Nature Geoscience says. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Technology is being introduced every year in every sector in all corners of the world – and ground water is no exception. Here is a roundup of some of the newest emerging technologies that are making it easier to extract and measure ground water quality and quantity at the source and on its way to the consumer.
Oxford, U.K. – Smart systems, big-data technologies and decentralized solutions for water treatment are expected to grow in the next five years as aging infrastructure, leakage management and intelligent sewer networks rise up the utility agenda.
Manchester, U.K. – A team from the University of Manchester have demonstrated the real-world potential of creating adequate clean water sources using graphene-oxide for new filtration technologies. RandD Magazine reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – A number of technological innovations address the crisis in novel ways. Water experts assess some of the most creative approaches. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Researchers are counting on a monitoring system created by a University of Alberta professor to keep ice core samples that could reveal thousands of years of climate information from turning into a worthless puddle. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
California – Some farmers in California are taking advantage of recent heavy rainfall to flood their fields and let water seep into the ground all the way to the aquifer. NPR reports. | READ MORE
Kelowna, B.C. – A UBC research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.

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