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Fresh Water

The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed. The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. But will there be enough for a more crowded world?

WE KEEP AN eye out for wonders, my daughter and I, every morning as we walk down our farm lane to meet the school bus. And wherever we find them, they reflect the magic of water: a spider web drooping with dew like a rhinestone necklace. A rain-colored heron rising from the creek bank. One astonishing morning, we had a visitation of frogs.

Dozens of them hurtled up from the grass ahead of our feet, launching themselves, white-bellied, in bouncing arcs, as if we’d been caught in a downpour of amphibians. It seemed to mark the dawning of some new aqueous age. On another day we met a snapping turtle in his primordial olive drab armor. Normally this is a pond-locked creature, but some murky ambition had moved him onto our gravel lane, using the rainy week as a passport from our farm to somewhere else. Read more

This Startup Turns Used Dialysis Filters Into Cheap Water Purifiers

Approximately 2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safe and clean water, and more than 250 million kidney dialysis filters are thrown away every year.

Israeli professor Yoram Lass has a solution that could help address both problems.

Lass developed a process for cleaning water using dialysis filters that led to the creation of NUFiltration, an Israel-based startup.

NUFiltration’s flagship device is a portable gadget that relies on a hand-crank and can purify up to 500 liters of water an hour. The device, a kind of filter, only needs to be replaced once every few years. Read more

Infographic: Drinking Water and Wastewater by the Numbers

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7 Ways to Drink More Water

You could survive for a month without food, but you’d be dead in a week without water. If knowing that makes you think staying hydrated might be a good idea, here’s 8 ways to drink more water. Read more

13 Funny Ways To Make You Drink More Water

You know you need to drink water but it’s easy to forget and difficult to be enthused. So, what do you do? Give up? Hook up some IV fluids? No need.

Drinking water doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. There are a number of ways to make your newest healthy habit fun! Read more