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  • US: Google’s thirst for water

    Google’s thirst for water is causing controversy near Charleston, South Carolina. The company wants to draw 5.5 million litres per day from groundwater to help cool the servers at its data centre complex in Berkeley County. The centre already uses about 15 million litres of surface water per day, according to... read more...

  • US: New England’s glacial uplands provide major groundwater storage

    A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active... read more...

  • 11 percent of non-renewable groundwater used to grow internationally traded food

    Wheat, rice, sugar, cotton and maize are among the essential internationally traded crops in the global economy. To produce these crops many countries rely on irrigated agriculture that accounts for about 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals. One freshwater source is underground aquifers, some of which replenish so slowly that... read more...

  • UAE: Groundwater research can help tackle country’s water scarcity

    Like other Arabian Gulf states, the UAE has long faced water scarcity, and this problem intensifies as growth and development continue. World Water Day turned the global spotlight on the precious resource, and this is good news because the UAE has one of the highest per-capita water consumption figures in... read more...

  • World Water Day: 22 March

    2017 World Water Day! The main event for 2017 will be held in Durban, at which South African President Jacob Zuma will launch the 17th edition of United Nations’ World Water Development Report in as part of World Water Day celebrations. In line with the UN’s 2017 World Water Day... read more...

  • California: Dangers of land subsidence from groundwater abstraction

    Subsidence resulting from heavy abstraction of groundwater has become so serious in the San Joaquin Valley that critical infrastructure is at risk. In “High and Dry”, a new book on the global groundwater crisis, IAH’s Bill Alley and his wife Rosemarie explain how things got so bad. When the last comprehensive... read more...

  • Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely

    A team of international researchers led by University of Freiburg hydrologist Dr Andreas Hartmann suggests that inclusion of currently missing key hydrological processes in large-scale climate change impact models can significantly improve our estimates of water availability. The study shows that groundwater recharge estimates for 560 million people in karst... read more...

  • UAE: Radioactivity levels in groundwater

    Researchers from the UAE University’s geology department in Al Ain have announced the initial results of a unique study into radioactivity levels in the UAE’s groundwater. Most radioactive isotopes are present at below recommended levels. The project, started in 2012 and initially covering the eastern and northern areas, first measured... read more...

  • India: Is global warming behind India’s depleting groundwater?

    Changing rainfall patterns may be depleting India’s groundwater storage more than withdrawals for agricultural irrigation, says a new study published in January by Nature Goescience. While the diminishing of India’s groundwater is widely attributed to over-extraction, especially in the northern agricultural belts of Punjab and Haryana, this study suggests decline in... read more...

  • UK Groundwater Forum

    The revised and updated version of the UK Groundwater Forum’s popular publication was launched on 13th September at Groundwater: Managing our Hidden Asset, a two day conference co-convened by the IAH British National Chapter and the Hydrogeology Group of the Geological Society to celebrate IAH’s 60th anniversary and the Geological... read more...

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