water shortage

  • Sea water flows inward Nilwala ; No drinking water for 65 thousand families.

    Due to dry weather and receding water level, sea water has seeped into Nilwala River causing a drinking water shortage in several areas of Matara District.

    The National Water Supply and Drainage Board stated that they have taken measures to shut down Nandu-gala water purification unit in Matara.

    Matara office of the Water Board further said that about 65,000 families are facing a severe issue in drinking water supply due to this reason.

    Location

    Sri Lanka
    April 1, 2014
  • In parched Central Valley, a message of aid and a warning from Obama

    Standing Friday afternoon on cracked, parched earth where melons would usually grow, President Obama brought both a message of aid and an ominous warning to drought-stricken California as he outlined more than $160 million in federal assistance.

    Location

    United States
    February 14, 2014
  • Harare Water Crisis Persists

    HARARE residents have expressed disgruntlement over erratic water supplies to their homes despite paying their rates to the local authority.

    Many suburbs in the capital are still facing water shortages, with residents going for up to a week with dry taps, exposing them to water-borne diseases.

    Among the most affected suburbs are Warren Park, Chadcombe, Hatfield, Mabvuku and Budiriro.

    Some residents in Mabvuku said running water had become very scarce and most of them have been forced to resort to other sources of water.

    Location

    Zimbabwe
    January 26, 2014
  • Severe water shortages in Malawi

    Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source.
     

    Location

    Malawi
    December 12, 2013
  • Fracking has 'inherent' risks to water supply but these can be mitigated, says Water UK

    Fracking holds "inherent" risks of contaminating water or causing shortages, but these can be mitigated through tough regulation, the water industry body Water UK said on Wednesday as it signed a co-operation agreement with shale gas industry.

    Location

    United Kingdom
    November 28, 2013
  • Water crisis a 'disaster' for Dublin businesses

    Environment minister Phil Hogan has said Dublin City Council engineers still “don’t know” how to fix the current water crisis in the greater Dublin area.

    The minister said it is “an unforeseen technical issue” that Dublin City Council has never encountered before, but did admit the news of water restrictions could have been communicated better to those affected.

    Location

    Ireland
    October 31, 2013
  • Water Shortage Crisis Looms Large In Bangalore, India

    Bangalore, India’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing economic hubs in South Asia, stares at an almost certain water crisis in the near future as both the civic administration and the citizens struggle to cope with the already dwindling fresh water resources.

    Location

    India
    July 26, 2013
  • Refugee influx adds to Jordan water crisis

    Jordan has long faced chronic water shortages. Classified as the world’s fourth water-poorest nation, it relies on rainwater reserves for some 20% of its annual, 1.5bn cu m needs.
    The country’s water woes have reached crisis levels this summer with the influx of over half a million Syrians, pushing water demand up 16% and raising Jordan’s water deficit by 50%, from 400mn cu m (mcm) to 600 mcm.

    Location

    Jordan
    August 7, 2013
  • Nearly 300 New Mexico Towns Face Water Crisis

    State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.

    The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.

    Location

    United States
    August 8, 2013
  • Rural New Mexico facing water crisis

    State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.

    The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.

    Location

    United States
    July 8, 2013
  • Texas Water Crisis Reaching Critical Proportions

    The Texas water crisis is reaching critical proportions, especially in the southern part of the state and in West Texas, where the population continues to grow even as the region is projected to become even drier. Water supplies are shrinking, even as water-intensive industries (such as those involved in booming oil & gas production in the state) continue to grow rapidly. And the drought isn’t expected to be over any time soon – in fact, in the long term, it is only expected to become worse.

    Location

    United States
    July 15, 2013
  • Botswana’s water shortage

    Botswana’s southern region dams have dropped to critical levels as the country’s water crisis continues to deepen.

    Water authorities in the country this week revealed during a tour of Gaborone Dam, Bokaa Dam and Mmamashia that the crisis may worsen further with another source for the country, the Molatedi Dam in neighbouring South Africa down to 27 per cent and fast drying up.

    Location

    Botswana
    June 20, 2013
  • Global Majority Faces `Severe' Water Shortage

    The majority of the planet’s predicted 9 billion people faces “severe” pressure for water within two generations, according to a declaration today by 500 scientists.

    Location

    May 24, 2013
  • Irrigation Canal Rupture Could Stress Many Eastern Washington Farms

    A major irrigation canal has sprung a leak in Eastern Washington. That could stress crops across a huge swath of the Columbia Basin just as the weather inches up into the 80s this weekend.

    The river-like Main Canal of the aging Columbia Basin Project is largely out of commission. Six concrete panels that line it buckled and have to be replaced. Workers have to lower the flows on hundreds of miles of canals downstream from the break for days so they can pour new concrete.

    Location

    United States
    May 1, 2013
  • Water Crisis Hitting Food, Energy – And Everything Else

    How much water does it take to turn on a light? It took 10,000 litres to make your jeans. Another three big bathtubs of water was needed for your two-eggs-toast-coffee breakfast this morning.

    We are surrounded by an unseen world of water: furniture, houses, cars, roads, buildings – practically everything we use and make needs water.

    Location

    Canada
    March 22, 2013
  • PPP Panel: Egypt set to fall further into water poverty

    The water available per person in Egypt is set to fall to half the amount estimated to represent the water poverty level, according to panelists at the 2nd Private-Public Partnerships Investment Summit held in Cairo on Monday.

    “The global water poverty line is estimated as 1,000 cubic metres per person while in Egypt it is currently 700 cubic metres,” said Engineer El-Sayed Naser Arafat, Chairman of Holding Company of Water and Waste Water (HCWW). “We expect this to fall to 500cubic metres per person.”

    Location

    Egypt
    March 25, 2013
  • Water Crisis Threatens Ghana's Economic Growth

    Almost 40 percent of Ghana’s population lacks access to tap water, forcing the poor to pay high prices to private suppliers.

    Location

    Ghana
    April 11, 2013
  • Water Shortage Hits Pacific Women

    The Solomon Islands, a developing island nation in the south-west Pacific Islands, has one of the highest urbanisation rates in the region, and the basic service infrastructure is struggling to cater for the influx of people from the provinces to the capital, Honiara. Thirty-five percent of the city's population, who live in informal settlements, are facing the health consequences of a dire shortage of clean water and sanitation.

    Location

    Solomon Islands
    April 8, 2013
  • Will Water Shortages Unleash Instability in the Middle East?

    A NASA study, released February 15th, indicates that water shortages could affect millions in the Middle East. Images, captured by NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, reveal significant water loss, in a period of six years, in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins—a region that includes parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The study has focused attention on the Middle East’s water woes and the possible instability it could unleash in the region.

    Location

    February 20, 2013
  • Water Scarcity 'Must Be Addressed Urgently' To Avoid Food Shortages, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke Says

    In the keynote speech at London's annual City Food Lecture, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke warned the world about the possible consequences of the global water shortage many experts believe will strike within the next several decades.

    Noting that water scarcity could cut global cereal production by 30% by 2030, and that water needs already exceed supply, Bulcke called water scarcity the greatest threat to food security in the future. He urged global leaders to act soon to devise realistic solutions.

    Read more: http://huff.to/YDODJz

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