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Water Quality

  • A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

    In the new book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Institute researchers present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our...»

  • Strategies for Water Security in Developing Country Cities: Building Resilience in the Urban Water Sector

    Thousands of cities in the developing world face rising pressures on water provision due to population growth and urbanization, and climate change worsens these impacts. Coordinating the formal and informal water sectors, improving water...»

  • The World’s Water, Vol. 7

    The World’s Water, Vol. 7 was released as the Pacific Institute headed into its 25th Anniversary year. Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with coauthors Lucy Allen, Juliet Christian-Smith, Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley,...»

  • Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions

    Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world’s waters. The result is that more people die from unsafe water annually than from all forms of...»

  • A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    While more than a billion people lack safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation worldwide, numerous technologies and approaches already exist to provide access to clean water, safe sanitation, and hygiene education....»

  • Integrity of Science: Bottled Water and Energy Factsheet: Getting to 17 Million Barrels

    The Pacific Institute finds that it took approximately 17 million barrels of oil equivalent to produce plastic for bottled water consumed by Americans in 2006—enough energy to fuel more than 1 million American cars...»

  • The Human Right to Water

    More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Two and a half billion people live without access to adequate sanitation systems necessary to reduce exposure to water-related diseases. The failure of...»

  • Bottled Water: An Update

    The 2004 volume of The World’s Water discussed the growing phenomenon of bottled use around the world, particularly in regions where high-quality tap water is available, as in most of North America and Western...»

  • Beyond Privitization: Restructuring Water Systems to Improve Performance

    Published: December 2005 Authors: Gary Wolff, Eric Hallstein Pages: 123 Institute Finds the Six Questions Worth Asking; Privatization Not the Efficiency Silver Bullet Water managers face significant challenges meeting the water supply, wastewater collection and...»

  • Economies of Scale and Scope in River Basin Management

    Published: November 15, 2004 Author: Gary Wolff New approaches to water planning, like Integrated Water Resources Management, are growing in popularity, but have often gotten bogged down, or even been abandoned, because stakeholders don’t...»

  • The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water

    Published: November 12, 2004 Author: Peter Gleick Sales and consumption of bottled water have skyrocketed in recent years. From 1988 to 2002, the sales of bottled water globally have more than quadrupled to over...»

  • Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources

    Published: November 10, 2001 Authors: Peter Gleick, A. Singh, H. Shi Pages: 64 As we move into the 21st century, water managers and policymakers must face new threats to the world’s freshwater resources. These...»