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2009-07-31 08:55:33

To counter salination of its coastal acquifer, Israel's National Water Authority has authorized a $131.3 million project, a report said. The project calls for drilling ground water reserves at 35 sites from north of Ashdod to Sderot, and the water carrying salts and other minerals, will be pumped to desalination plants and turned into drinking water, Haaretz said Friday. The salt residue from the process will be pumped out to sea, the paper said. Israel's coastal aquifer is seriously...

2009-07-21 12:37:00

Includes More than $100 million from Federal Recovery Act HARRISBURG, Pa., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the investment of $355 million in 111 green infrastructure, drinking water and wastewater projects in 47 counties. "The grants and low interest loans provided today by the PENNVEST Board of Directors continues the commonwealth's commitment to strengthen our economy while also making wise investments in our water resources," Governor...

2009-07-13 15:10:09

Groundwater pumping in California's San Joaquin Valley has reduced aquifers to historic lows, a government report indicates. A massive study of the region's groundwater supplies by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the agriculture-intensive valley has lost 60 million acre-feet of groundwater since 1961, and is approaching new lows as farmers pump more from aquifers to make up for surface water lost to drought, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported. That situation also is exacerbating the...

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2009-05-30 10:58:09

By Jill Bruning, Michigan Technological University NSF-supported graduate student describes her field work searching for geologic fractures that could improve groundwater exploration and the siting of wells in the rugged terrain Boaco, like many communities around the world, has serious water supply and quality problems. My thesis research brought me to the small, rural town in Nicaragua, where I have been working with my advisor, John Geirke, to identify geological lineaments (fractures)...

2009-05-11 06:00:00

OTTAWA, May 11 /PRNewswire/ - A 15-member expert panel, appointed by the Council of Canadian Academies, has concluded that a Canada-wide sustainability framework is required to improve the management and understanding of Canada's groundwater. Without such a framework, Canada's groundwater is at risk of contamination and depletion. "A nationally adopted framework, involving provincial, territorial and federal cooperation, is needed to build the scientific knowledge and improve management and...

2009-05-08 12:58:00

SBVWCD's rates remain lowest in the state despite ailing economy. REDLANDS, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- At a public hearing on April 29th, the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) established new Groundwater Charges for the 2008-2009 water year. The new rate will be $7.85 for non-agricultural purposes and $2.18 per acre foot for agricultural purposes. These reflect an 18% increase in the rates SBVWCD has been charging since 2005 for...

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2009-03-25 09:45:00

Every day, more than 140 million people in southern Asia drink groundwater contaminated with arsenic. Thousands of people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Vietnam die of cancer each year from chronic exposure to arsenic, according to the World Health Organization. Some health experts call it the biggest mass poisoning in history. More than 15 years ago, scientists pinpointed the source of the contamination in the Himalaya Mountains, where sediments containing naturally occurring...

2009-02-25 11:57:24

 Ancient groundwater being tapped by Jordan, one of the 10 most water-deprived nations in the world, has been found to contain twenty times the radiation considered safe for drinking water in a new study by an international team of researchers."The combined activities of 228 radium and 226 radium "“ the two long-lived isotopes of radium "“ in the groundwater we tested are up to 2000 percent higher than international drinking standards," said Avner Vengosh, associate professor...

2009-02-25 02:24:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sub-Saharan Africa is in urgent need of additional power generation capacities to meet the rising demand for power. The region's focus on the available hydropower potential is opening up a potentially lucrative market for hydro turbine suppliers. Equipment suppliers need to partner with EPC contractors to be able to supply the turnkey projects African customers desire. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) New analysis...

2009-01-15 02:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Africa is currently experiencing acute power shortages due to a lack of investment in new capacities and the growing economies in the region. This erratic supply of power is already threatening to stifle the economic gains made in the past decade. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) In Nigeria alone, power failures are estimated to cost approximately $1 million per year. Large industrial manufacturers are the most...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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