Water

How Do We Get Our Drinking Water In The U.S.?

Apr 14, 2016

Before you take a gulp of water, try to mentally trace where that water that just gushed out of your taps has been: How did it go from that weird-tasting raindrop to the clear, odorless water that is sitting in your glass now?

Safe drinking water is a privilege Americans often take for granted — until a health crisis like the one in Flint, Mich., happens that makes us think about where it comes from and how we get it.

SAWS

The San Antonio Water System could save millions of dollars in financing for one Vista Ridge project that’s on a priority list for funding.  But getting that low interest loan may depend on another Vista Ridge project didn’t make the list. 

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For more than a decade, 50,000 Texans have been exposed to water contaminated with unsafe levels of arsenic, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The EPA lowered the safe level of arsenic to 10 parts per billion in 2006. 

Photo by Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders by declining to take up a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Whether the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer can meet the needs of a growing population in Texas was the question of the night at the Texas Water Symposium held on February 11, 2016 on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Texas State’s Geography Department, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and the Hill Country Alliance brought a group of aquifer scientists together to explore the topic.

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