drinking water http://kplu.org en Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead http://kplu.org/post/hold-tight-your-valentine-wet-windy-weekend-ahead <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re getting the “weather we need,” so get ready for a wet and windy weekend, says </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>“Our water supply was well below normal,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. “Very rapidly, the snowpack is getting replenished in the mountains. The reservoirs are filling. And by the end of this week, I don’t think we’ll have to worry water for this summer or the coming fall.”</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:35:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13654 at http://kplu.org Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water http://kplu.org/post/strange-snow-finding-suggests-fewer-trees-mean-more-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade?&nbsp;</span></p><p>You might figure it melts faster in the sunshine, and that seems to be the case for cold climates. But in places with temperate winters, like the Pacific Northwest, <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wrcr.20504/abstract" target="_blank">it might be just the opposite</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 11250 at http://kplu.org Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water WWU to become largest public college in U.S. to ban bottled water http://kplu.org/post/wwu-become-largest-public-college-us-ban-bottled-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Western Washington University is poised to become the largest public university in the country to ban sales of bottled water. The school joins Evergreen State College and Seattle University in making the move.</span></p><p>For many young environmentalists, saying no to bottled water and yes to public taps is an easy choice and a cause they can get passionate about. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9210 at http://kplu.org WWU to become largest public college in U.S. to ban bottled water Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water http://kplu.org/post/mount-rainier-national-park-poised-ban-sales-bottled-water <p>The disposable plastic water bottle is known for clogging landfills and choking marine life. As a result, 14 national parks no longer sell bottled water. And it looks like Mount Rainier National Park <a href="http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/blog/national-parks-bottled-water-free">might be next</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8204 at http://kplu.org Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water Climate change pushing water system upgrades http://kplu.org/post/climate-change-pushing-water-system-upgrades <p></p><p>Global climate change is a reality that few people now deny. 2012 was the warmest year on record. So what about Seattle’s water supply?&nbsp;</p><p>Managers say they need to speed up about $30-million of investment in a backup plan.</p><p>About two thirds of Seattle’s water comes from one of the most pristine sources in the nation. The<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/"> Cedar River Watershed</a> lies in more than 90,000 acres of protected land southeast of the city, near North Bend.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:18:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7773 at http://kplu.org Climate change pushing water system upgrades Global goal for safe drinking water acheived, agency reports http://kplu.org/post/global-goal-safe-drinking-water-acheived-agency-reports <p>Amid all the dire reports that seem to indicate the world is going to heck in a handbasket, here&rsquo;s some good news:</p><p>The United Nations children&rsquo;s agency, otherwise known as <a href="http://www.unicef.org/media/media_61922.html" target="_blank">UNICEF</a>, reports that 89 percent of the world&rsquo;s population now has access to safe drinking water.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/03/global-safe-drinking-water-goal-achieved/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 23:32:25 +0000 Tom Paulson 4354 at http://kplu.org Global goal for safe drinking water acheived, agency reports A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health! http://kplu.org/post/thing-do-tonight-nw-beer-toast-global-health <p>Live music, great local beers, food, dancing and prizes all in the name of bringing clean water to families in Ethiopia. Where do I sign up?</p><p>Tonight the non-profit organization <a href="http://water1st.org/index.html">Water 1st</a> is hosting their annual &ldquo;Water 1<sup>st</sup><sup> </sup>&mdash; Beer 2<sup>nd</sup>&rdquo; fundraiser at the Seattle Center&rsquo;s Fisher Pavilion. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be <a href="http://water1st.org/involved/x-W1B2_2012_Seattle_RSVP.html">purchased online</a> or at the door.</p><p>This event welcomes like-minded individuals who are passionate about ending global poverty and providing the opportunity to share humanitarian aid to families in Gonbisa Kussaye, Ethiopia, all the while enjoying an evening of fun (you man even see grown men in grass skirts).</p><p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:26:21 +0000 Evan Hoover 4305 at http://kplu.org A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health! The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium http://kplu.org/post/battle-clean-water-subject-plu-symposium <p>The lack of clean drinking water and unsanitary living conditions widely affects communities stretching across the globe, and for Rick McKenney standing by idle while people die from water-related illnesses every day is not an option.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;In the States, water is there when you turn the faucet on and in a lot of places it isn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; said McKenney, founder of the Washington-based Water for Humans organization.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:14:12 +0000 Evan Hoover 4217 at http://kplu.org The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium Seattle water rates could increase 25 percent by 2014 http://kplu.org/post/seattle-water-rates-could-increase-25-percent-2014 <p><a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/">Seattle Public Utilities</a> (SPU) is proposing a 25 percent hike in drinking water rates spread over the next three years. SPU says the typical monthly household bill is currently $31.70. The proposal would increase that monthly bill by $2.41 in 2012,&nbsp;$2.68 in 2013 and&nbsp;$2.91 in 2014.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:40:36 +0000 Dave Meyer 2000 at http://kplu.org Seattle water rates could increase 25 percent by 2014 Japanese order huge amounts of bottled water from B.C. http://kplu.org/post/japanese-order-huge-amounts-bottled-water-bc <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960221.mp3</p><p>The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan are reverberating across the Pacific in a variety of ways. Now, a Vancouver B.C.-area bottled water company finds itself at the center of efforts to cope with the <u>latest</u> turn of events.</p><p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:25:26 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1091 at http://kplu.org