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Salon Offering Free Shampoos To Residents In Drought-Stricken Town

The community is pulling together in a drought-stricken town where many residents have wells that are drying up: a salon is offering free shampoos, and the local fire department has a new open-spigot policy for anyone in need. [More]

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Bottled Water Expected To Outsell Soda For The First Time Soon

It might not come as a surprise to hear that bottled water sales will soon outstrip those of soda for the first time ever. After all, companies have been pushing calorie-free drinks as alternatives to the sweet stuff for some time as consumer preferences have changed. But bottled water’s burgeoning popularity isn’t just about cutting calories. [More]

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Colorado Town Finds THC In Drinking Water, Warns Residents Not To Use It

If you take a trip to a Colorado dispensary you’re likely to find marijuana in a variety of forms, including lollipops and gummy bears. But health officials in one small town say the psychoactive chemical in marijuana has turned up in the wrong place: the town’s water supply. [More]

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What The Heck Is Maple Water?

In a world awash with trendy products — from artisanal bone broths to fermented drinks that some say smell like yesterday’s diapers — it can be difficult to understand what some products are, and why they’ve become popular. Take maple water, for example. It may sound like you’d be guzzling syrup, but proponents say it’s just a single ingredient, plant-based way to stay hydrated. [More]

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L.A. City Council Wants To Know How Resident Uses 11.8M Gallons Of Water In Middle Of Drought

Someone in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air has been using about a million gallons of water a month — enough for 90 houses in the area. That’s a lot of water in any part of the world, let alone in a state and city in the middle of a drought. Yesterday, the L.A. City Council voted to crack down on this “Wet Prince of Bel Air” and other hydration hogs. [More]

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Texas Neighborhood Displeased To Find Worms In The Drinking Water

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, or a bad drug trip: turning on the faucet for a glass of water, only to have worms come wriggling out of it. Residents of one Texas subdivision claim they’ve been finding worms coming out of faucets and clogging up sprinklers, and have been showing up with water samples to prove it to local authorities.

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Tom Selleck, Agency Reach Tentative Settlement In Water Theft Lawsuit

The world was shocked, simply shocked to hear this week that actor Tom Selleck was embroiled in a water hullabaloo out in California. After the Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a lawsuit accusing the Magnum P.I. star and his wife of stealing water by the truckload from a fire hydrant, the two sides have reportedly reached a tentative settlement.

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Lawsuit Accuses Actor Tom Selleck Of Stealing Water From A Public Fire Hydrant During California Drought

While Tom Selleck has a starring role in many fans’ mustache-tic fantasies, the Three Men and a Baby actor is being cast in an entirely different light in a new lawsuit: The Calleguas Municipal Water District claims in a recent complaint that Selleck has been playing a water thief, allegedly pilfering precious water from a public fire hydrant and having it hauled it back to his 60-acre ranch in another water district.

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Niagara Bottled Water Recalls Products Under Several Brand Names Due To E. Coli Concerns

Niagara Bottled Water Recalls Products Under Several Brand Names Due To E. Coli Concerns

If you’ve got bottled water in the fridge or pantry, you might want to check if it’s included in a recent recall of several brands under the Niagara umbrella, after the company issued a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities between June 10-18.

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California’s Denim Industry Trying To Get That Distressed Look Without Using Water During Drought

California is in the middle of a long drought right now, with state officials asking everyone to pitch in and do their best to conserve water. But that’s a bit tricky for the state’s denim industry, which produces about 75% of the “premium” jeans sold worldwide. Because getting that expensive, distressed vintage look is all about washing… and washing again, and again. With water, of course, which is in short supply.

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Universal Orlando Temporarily Banning Visitors From Bringing In Bottled Water, Won’t Say Why

If you’re planning a trip to Universal Orlando in the near future, leave your bottled water and other beverages at home: In a U-turn from its usual policy allowing visitors to bring their own drinks into Universal CityWalk and other theme areas, the park is putting a temporary ban on carry-in liquids.

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Californians Facing $500 Fines For Violating Water Restrictions In Drought-Stricken State

When you turn on the hose outside to wash your car or set up the sprinkler so the kids can run through it on a hot day, what kind of price tag would you put on that water use? If you’re living in some parts of California, there might be a price tag of $500 floating in front of your eyes as residents face hefty potential fines for violating new water restrictions in the drought-stricken state. [More]

It’s Now Legal In NYC For A Waiter To Give You Water You Haven’t Even Asked For

It’s Now Legal In NYC For A Waiter To Give You Water You Haven’t Even Asked For

Think back to the last time you were at a restaurant. Did your server set down a glass of water in front of you? Did he or she ask if you wanted water first? If you were in a New York City restaurant and your server gave you water you didn’t ask for, well, that’s illegal. At least until the repeal of a local regulation goes into effect this month.

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Don’t You Dare Compare Products That Aren’t Champagne To Champagne

Don’t You Dare Compare Products That Aren’t Champagne To Champagne

Have you ever referred to something that’s really great as “the champagne of _____?” Be grateful that you haven’t been sued. You can’t just slap the name “Champagne” on any old sparkling white wine unless it was made in a specific region in France, so you’re completely on your own if you even try to compare something that isn’t even an alcoholic beverage to The Almighty Champagne. [More]

City Claims 80-Year-Old Couple Used 440,000 Gallons Of Water In A Month

City Claims 80-Year-Old Couple Used 440,000 Gallons Of Water In A Month

An 80-year-old California man concedes that it’s entirely possible that he has used 440,000 gallons of water in one month, and that he and his wife really do owe the city $11,000. It’s possible if the city has been pumping dehydrated water into his house. [More]

A Way To Harvest Rainwater

A Way To Harvest Rainwater

Rain may irritate you by altering your plans, making it tough to drive and murdering your iPhone, but you can also twist nature’s sprinkler system to your advantage. Harvesting rainwater allows you to save on utility bills and lessen your environmental footprint.

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To Battle Drought, Texas Town Will Drink Recycled
Sewage

To Battle Drought, Texas Town Will Drink Recycled Sewage

If you happen to find yourself in Big Spring, Texas, you could be contributing to the water supply every time you relieve yourself. The town is building a plant that will capture and recycle treated waste water, planing to take treated water that would normally flow into a creek and redirect it into the drinking water supply.

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How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

Does your bottled water taste funny? It’s not just that it’s probably only tapwater. Environmental Working Group rated 173 brands of bottled water based on their sourcing information, purification, testing, and how transparent the information on their label and website was. Turns out, some of the biggest brands in bottled water are, well, a little murky.

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