Water

What lies beneath

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

One-third of global corn crop faces water stress, study shows

One-third of the world's corn is produced in 'highly or extremely highly water-stressed regions,' a threat to the largest global crop, according to a statement released today by the World Resources...

NSW to merge main bulk water agencies

The merger of two major water bodies promises to "ensure the highest quality and most efficient service to customers across NSW", the state government says.

Coal seam gas: EPA tells Santos to keep tabs on Pilliga radioactive water

Farmers Ted and Julia Borowski

Peter Hannam Environment regulators recommended Santos monitor radioactive elements in its future coal-seam gas operations in the Pilliga Forest despite not seeking such readings once unsafe levels of uranium...

Water treatment plant failed, despite deluge planning

Deluge

Peter Hannam The water treatment plant that failed after Monday's deluge, prompting Sydney Water to appeal to about 250,000 households to cut back on water use, was examined for just such an event last year.

Sydney residents asked to curb water use after heavy rainfall

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Peter Hannam Residents in Sydney’s south-west have been asked to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines to conserve drinking water supplies after heavy storms forced the shutdown of a major filtration plant.

Waste-water spill at Santos CSG plant

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Saffron Howden The Environment Protection Authority is investigating a 500-litre spill from a coal seam gas operation at the Pilliga forest in north-western NSW.

In deep water

Boy watching sharks in aquarium

Australians' attitude towards sharks is contributing to the decline of this magnificent species, writes Tim Winton.

Bankstown residents accuse Sydney Water over sewage overflow plan

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Peter Hannam A plan by Sydney Water to shift its sewage overflow problem up the Georges River is "a disgrace" that treats Bankstown residents "like second-class citizens", mayor Khal Asfour said.

Global water scarcity predicted to rise by 40%

Lydia Hales Global water scarcity already on the rise due to exploding global populations may be amplified by up to 40 per cent due to climate change.

Wonders of the water

Seahorse

Kelsey Munro Some magical creatures live in Sydney Harbour.

Drinking water: Call for halt to coal mining as contamination level increases

coal

Peter Hannam Iron concentrations in a rivulet that feeds the Woronora Reservoir have doubled since the expansion of the Metropolitan Colliery, to levels which exceed Australian Drinking Water Guidelines by 30 per...

Why Sydney Water won't fix all leaks

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Nicole Hasham The equivalent of 48 Olympic swimming pools is seeping from Sydney Water's network each day, but the organisation says speeding up repairs is not worth the cost.

Glebe residents without water

Ben Grubb A broken main is preventing water supply to a number of Glebe residents, Sydney Water says.

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Australian water supplies at risk from extreme weather, study finds

Warragamba Dam.

Peter Hannam Australia's drinking water supplies are vulnerable to the increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather.

Water restrictions not yet on the (dusty) horizon

George Powell, 8, and Felix Powell, 5, from Kambah playing at the National Arboretum Canberra in front of the art work Wide Brown Land.

Ben Westcott Canberra is a long way off water restrictions even though last week's heatwave and a dry start to the year have the bush capital's gardeners reaching for their hoses.

Queensland town of Cloncurry mulls evacuation as water supplies sink

Drought

Marissa Calligeros After two years with virtually no rain a Queensland town is planning for the possible evacuation of its entire population as water supplies run out.

Water supply at risk

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Nicole Hasham Radical new rules for assessing large mining projects in NSW risk serious damage to Sydney's drinking water supply, the government agency set up to protect water quality has warned.

Fire corners elderly on water's edge

Fire

Rachel Olding The statuesque gum trees that give Tall Timbers Road its name are charred but central coast residents appeared to escape Friday's once-in-a-lifetime fires relatively unscathed.