Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t know what the future will bring, but they are working collaboratively and with scientific rigor to make sure they’re prepared for anything.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior

The expensive technology has contributed to water diplomacy in an otherwise strained relationship between Israel and Jordan. Across the world, as the Colorado River supply dwindles, the U.S. and Mexico are exploring whether such tools could help quench their own shared border.

Aerial image of the Yuma Desalting Plant. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation via Twitter

Less publicized than lead, researchers find arsenic in U.S. communities’ drinking water, with signs of an inequitable burden

A test strip and calibration chart show arsenic levels in water in Freer, Texas. Photo by Lance Cheung courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Western water ​experts are working to not only conserve water, but to also reuse as much wastewater as possible​,​ including ​through direct potable reuse​.​

Photo by Steve Crise, Courtesy of American Water Works Association

Faced with a lead crisis that drew comparisons to Flint, Michigan’s, some people have called Newark, New Jersey’s response a “national model.” Still, eliminating lead from drinking water nationwide will not be an easy task.

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The Gila River Indian Community is ensuring that its members have long-term access to their own resources while helping solve broader water supply problems in the region.

Image courtesy of the Gila River Indian News

The situation highlights how precarious water has become for this city in western New Mexico and offers a peek inside the creativity that’s required to manage water in the 21st century.

Image courtesy of Marjorie Childress

The tiny town of El Adobe exemplifies the state’s struggles with contaminated water and aging infrastructure.

Photo courtesy of Martin do Nascimento for the California Health Report

Not only an aesthetic affront, harmful algal blooms threaten public health, recreation and the local economy, and increase water treatment costs.

Hannibal, Missouri, and Poughkeepsie, New York, are among the cities that have dropped the controversial chemical in favor of new water treatment systems

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