Latest Water use News

Company's bid to use groundwater for nuclear plant denied

Nov. 12, 2019 3:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is being used by nearby residents, officials said. The state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public...

Water wars between southern states puts focus on farmers

Nov. 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The ongoing court fight over water resources that involves Georgia, Florida and Alabama is now focused on south Georgia farmers. Florida has for years been critical both of metro Atlanta's water use from the Chattahoochee River and farmers withdrawing water from the Flint River basin, WABE...

South Africa urges water restrictions as dam levels drop

Oct. 28, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government urged people to restrict water usage Monday as reservoir levels drop and rainfall is not expected until December. Many parts of the nation of over 58 million people are facing water scarcities as summer arrives in the Southern Hemisphere and climate change...

Wyoming governor names new state engineer

Oct. 24, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is getting a new state official in charge of regulating water use. Greg Lanning replaces Pat Tyrrell, who retired in January after 18 years as Wyoming state engineer. The state engineer is a job established by the Wyoming Constitution and has a term of six years. Gov. Mark...

Trump administration unveils new water rules for California

Oct. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled new rules to govern California's scarce water, committing to send more to farmers in the Central Valley despite warnings from environmental groups that it would imperil endangered species in the fragile San Joaquin Delta. The rules...

Kansas farmers use tech to save water, increase growth

Oct. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Father and son Ryan and Eugene Goering of Moundridge grow corn, soy and wheat. In the past, this team tried a variety of ways to save on output and to grow smarter. They used a few probes to decide how dry the soil was, and they used an app to determine their crop output by...

West Virginia lifts ban on outdoor burning

Oct. 10, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's ban on outdoor burning is officially over. Gov. Jim Justice rescinded the ban on Wednesday after the state received sufficient rainfall over the last several days. The burning of forestland, grass and other inflammable materials is now allowed between the hours of 5...