drinking water

Weather with Cliff Mass
10:35 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead

This photo shows Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, Wash. on Feb. 8, 2014.
Jim Stiles

We’re getting the “weather we need,” so get ready for a wet and windy weekend, says KPLU expert Cliff Mass.

“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.”

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Snow Science
5:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water

UW reserahcres found that in temperate climates, snow melts faster under trees than in clearings.
Kael Martin University of Washington

Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade? 

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, it might be just the opposite.

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bottled water ban
5:01 am
Mon July 1, 2013

WWU to become largest public college in U.S. to ban bottled water

Anna Amundson, a WWU alumnae and past president of Students for Sustainable Water fills up at one of three grant-funded hydration stations students have spearheaded to replace use of water in disposable plastic bottles.
courtesy Carolyn Bowie

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.

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.

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most recent federal properties to ban bottled water sales. Before doing so, they had to install a siuffient number of filling stations like this one.
Courtesy Think Outside the Bottle

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 might be next.

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Environment
10:18 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Climate change pushing water system upgrades

Snowpack in the crest of the Cascade Mountains provides storage for Seattle's Cedar River watershed. Lowering snow levels are expected because of global warming, putting the supply at risk.
Credit Courtsey Seattle Public Utilities

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? 

Managers say they need to speed up about $30-million of investment in a backup plan.

About two thirds of Seattle’s water comes from one of the most pristine sources in the nation. The Cedar River Watershed lies in more than 90,000 acres of protected land southeast of the city, near North Bend.

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Humanosphere
3:32 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Global goal for safe drinking water acheived, agency reports

Borehole water supply, Nigeria
Mike Urban mikeurbanart.com

Amid all the dire reports that seem to indicate the world is going to heck in a handbasket, here’s some good news:

The United Nations children’s agency, otherwise known as UNICEF, reports that 89 percent of the world’s population now has access to safe drinking water.

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Global Health
3:26 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health!

Water 1st

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?

Tonight the non-profit organization Water 1st is hosting their annual “Water 1st — Beer 2nd” fundraiser at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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).

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Cleaning water
10:14 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium

Rick McKenney assessing the threat to public health where raw sewage has been flooding homes.
Courtesy of Rick McKenney

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.

“In the States, water is there when you turn the faucet on and in a lot of places it isn’t,” said McKenney, founder of the Washington-based Water for Humans organization.

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Rate Hikes
2:40 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Seattle water rates could increase 25 percent by 2014

Fountain at Seattle's Volunteer Park. 7/16/2006
Justin Baeder flickr.com

Seattle Public Utilities (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, $2.68 in 2013 and $2.91 in 2014.

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Japanese nuclear crisis
5:25 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Japanese order huge amounts of bottled water from B.C.

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 latest turn of events.

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