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Home>Topics>>WaterWorld Weekly - Jan. 28, 2013

WaterWorld Weekly - Jan. 28, 2013

Fri, 25 Jan 2013|

Seattle slated for soaking by 2050; Alaska mulls changes to cruise wastewater regs; Index aims to benchmark cost of water; Mexico City to explore potential new water source

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Hi I'm Angela Godwin for WaterWorld magazine, bringing you this water and wastewater news headlines. Coming up. Seattle slated for soaking by 2050. Alaska mulls changes to cruise wastewater regs. Index aims to benchmark cost of water. Mexico City to explore potential new water source. A new map created by Seattle Public Utilities indicates that within the next 40 years, sea level rise will flood parts of Seattle during high tides. The culprit is climate change, something City Council member Michael Brian called an immediate and critical challenge. The map shows parts of West Seattle, Georgetown, South Park, Harbor Island, Interbay, and Golden Gardens could be inundated by 2050. Seattle has already taken steps to address climate change including making a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050. The city is in the process of writing a new climate action plan to meet that goal. Over the next couple of months, the city will engage the public for feedback on the plan and expects to announce its adoption on Earth day, April 22. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell is proposing changes to the way the state regulates waste water from cruise ships. Senate bill SB 29 would require that cruise ships discharge waste water. In a manner consistent with applicable State or Federal law. It would allow authorization of mixing zones if ships meet certain standards for treatment of discharge. In 2009 a temporary measure was approved allowing these mixing zones limited areas where treated affluent is allowed to mix with receiving waters. That's said to expire in 2015 at which time a more stringent requirement takes effect. The discharges meet State water quality standards at the point of discharge. Critics say the change is too lenient on the cruise ship industry and would essentially create zones of pollution in the states pristine waters. Backers maintain that meeting water quality requirements at the point of discharge is nearly impossible with current treatment technologies. IBM and Water Fund are teaming up to develop a framework to estimate the cost of water in different regions around the world. The Water Cost Index, they say, will help objectively compare and evaluate critical water infrastructure projects. Ultimately, this will help attract investors, which translates into. Funding for water infrastructure throughout the globe. IBM's Peter Williams said, if we can make it easier to price investments in the water sector, we can improve the flow of capital in to area where it's desperately needed. For more information you can check out worldwaterfund.com. [MUSIC] In international news, Mexico City hopes to quench it's growing thirst by tapping into a newly found aquifer more than a mile underground. The city has drilled an exploratory well to confirm the size and determine how much water could be drawn from it. City officials believe it. Could be enough to supply water to at least some of its 21 million residents for 100 years. Now that's welcome news in a city where water demand is expected to eventually outstrip its supply. If the city moves forward, the initial plan is to build five wells, a project that would cost an estimated $40 million. For Water World magazine I am Angela Godman. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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