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News about water. Commentary and archival information about water from The New York Times.

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What the Muck of Walden Pond Tells Us About Our Planet

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 14:30:15 -0500

Centuries of sediments deposited on the bottom of the pond made famous by Thoreau tell a story of pollution and climate change.

Still Living With Bottled Water in Flint

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:01:39 -0500

A year ago today, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint, Mich. Officials have since said the filtered water is safe, but Keri Webber describes the health issues her family and other residents still face.

A New Casualty of Syria’s War: Drinking Water in Damascus

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:49:00 -0500

The Syrian capital and its vicinity have been afflicted by the loss of water for weeks, leaving taps dry and creating long lines at wells.

Failures of the Private Water Industry

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:52:14 -0500

A corporate watchdog writes that “we must recommit to public funding of our water systems.”

Fecal Pollution Taints Water at Melbourne’s Beaches After Storm

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:32:03 -0500

During the height of Australia’s summer, the authorities have advised against swimming at 21 beaches because of contamination brought in by heavy rains.

In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:00:38 -0500

Desperate towns have turned to private equity firms to manage their waterworks. The deals bring much-needed upgrades, but can carry hefty price tags.

When Water Balloons Hit a Bed of Nails and Don’t Pop

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:03:59 -0500

A physicist and her students used a balloon and a bed of nails to make it easier to visualize how water droplets respond to a spiky surface.

2 Former Flint Emergency Managers Charged Over Tainted Water

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:05:52 -0500

Criminal charges against the state-appointed former managers, and two former Flint workers, stem from an inquiry into contamination linked to lead poisoning and deaths.

Water at New York City Schools Will Be Retested for Lead

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:01:23 -0500

The tests will be performed in accordance with new state regulations that discourage an earlier protocol in which the water was run for two hours the night before sampling.

Corpus Christi, Tex., Lifts Ban on Drinking the City’s Water

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:12:28 -0500

The water ban had been issued late Wednesday out of concern that a chemical leak at an asphalt plant could have contaminated the city’s water supply.