The 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index is a nationwide poll of American voters detailing what they think should be done about the country’s water crisis and who should pay for it. This index is the second Value of Water Survey. The first was conducted by ITT Corporation in 2010. The 2012 study builds on the 2010 results, providing new insights into public perception of the U.S. water crisis.
The swollen Missouri River washed over and punched through levees in northwestern Missouri early Sunday, spurring authorities to urge about 250 nearby residents to leave their homes.
Heavy rainfall in Montana and North Dakota, combined with melting snow from the Rocky Mountains, have sent the Missouri surging downstream, according to the National Weather Service. The 6 to 12 inches of rainfall in the upper Missouri basin in the past few weeks is nearly a normal year's worth, and runoff from the mountain snowpack is 140% of normal, the agency says.
Acidic seepage from waste on abandoned mines threatens supply.
A water time-bomb is ticking for millions of users of water from the Vaal River (South Africa) - by 2014, it will not be suitable for human consumption.
Researchers said the problem was caused by acidic water seeping from waste on abandoned mines and by the discharging of untreated acidic mine water into rivers and streams tributary to the Vaal River system.
Photojournalist Matilde Gattoni went into Yemen undercover to report on the current water crisis and the burden it places on women. Yemen's population is expected to double by 2035. The wells of the capital, Sana'a, are expected to dry out by 2015, partly due to illegal drilling to water qat plantations.