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- Judge throws out Pajaro Valley water lawsuit
- Contaminated water kills 27 children in Nigeria
- A battle won: Supreme Court’s decision hopefully means win in …
- Minneapolis may halt water filtration project to slow rate hikes
Judge throws out Pajaro Valley water lawsuit
San Jose Mercury News USA
establishing a new funding mechanism so we can continue the important work we do trying to balance the overdraft of the groundwater basin” said interim general manager Mary Bannister. Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Services District filed the lawsuit in February seeking to overturn what’s known as the augmentation fee. The agency imposed the fee in 2002 to pay for water supply projects. Similar fees imposed by the agency in 2003 and 2004 were ruled invalid by a state appeals court in 2007 because they lacked voter approval. The 2002 fee also was not approved by voters as mandated by state Proposition 218. But Burdick ruled Pajaro Sunny Mesa’s lawsuit was too late since litigation over the 2003 and 2004 fees had already resolved the issue according to agency lawyer Anthony Condotti. The consolidated lawsuits dealing with the 2003 and 2004 fees ended with a stipulated judgment that rolled back those fees but left the 2002 fee intact Condotti explained.
Contaminated water kills 27 children in Nigeria
" Nigeria is the world’s eighth biggest oil exporter and sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest economy but the gap between rich and poor is enormous with most of its 140 million people subsisting on less than $2 a day. Literacy levels are low and access to basic healthcare limited in rural parts of the West African country. "ur major source of water supply here is the stream which you know people could defecate in and wash their clothes in" said Linus Nwankwo a local teacher. "There is this belief here that there is nothing water could kill and that streams have a natural way of purifying themselves so I don’t think people here boil their water before drinking. " (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues visit:.
A battle won: Supreme Court’s decision hopefully means win in …
Prattville Progress AL
Georgia was seeking to increase the amount of water it was allowed to draw from Lake Lanier a federal reserve in northern Georgia. Affected areas include some of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Downstream areas of Alabama and Florida were affected not just in terms of drinking water supply but also in regards to power generation. Alabama and Florida had objected to the agreement which both states claimed hurt their own guaranteed-by-law rights to water and also was harmful to the environment in downstream areas that would be in danger of drying out without proper water supply. While Georgia certainly has our sympathies — during the drought last year Atlanta residents and businesses found themselves under water restrictions — the fact of the matter is Georgia cannot be allowed to do anything that negatively impacts Alabama’s quality of life. The argument that since the Atlanta area continues to grow and add people it deserves a greater water supply at the expense of its neighboring states is simply offensive. No state has the right to make decisions that cause harm to its neighbors in such a way.
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Minneapolis may halt water filtration project to slow rate hikes
Minneapolis Star Tribune MN
How much I don’t know. " The city sells water to parts of Bloomington and Edina plus Columbia Heights Hilltop Golden Valley Crystal and New Hope. The Columbia Heights plant forced up water charges so much that the latter three suburbs revolted. They explored drilling wells to supply themselves and relented only after a negotiated agreement was reached with Minneapolis. Although the ultrafiltration plant is the largest capital project in the water department by far the demands of keeping up a drinking water system that dates to 1872 have been expensive. Rezania said that although federal microorganism filtration requirements turned out not to be as high as were anticipated when the city began planning for ultrafiltration in the 1990s the Columbia Heights plant needed replacing because it dates to 1913. "I know this was a hard decision after we’ve invested a lot of work" said Council Member Elizabeth Glidden as the committee praised the department for bringing forward the recommendation.