water shortage

  • A garden hose lies on a lawn during the drought in Los Angeles
    May 6, 2015  

    California’s efforts to get residents and businesses to voluntarily use less water have not been enough in the face of a historic and ongoing drought. Now mandatory emergency rules that come with penalties have been enacted, requiring towns and cities to cut use from 8 to 36 percent. Gwen Ifill learns more from Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Continue reading

  • April 25, 2012  

    Since 1980, Liberia has tackled a cycle of civil war, claiming over 200,000 lives while developing an impossible water crisis. In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, correspondent Steve Sapienza and two local journalists unearth why the government and aid agencies can’t crack the country’s water problems. Continue reading

  • April 11, 2012  

    Part of a partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports from the West African nation of Ivory Coast and explains how committees set up to maintain access to water are helping bring together communities divided along ethnic lines and plagued by the unrest of a civil war. Continue reading

  • March 22, 2012  

    The recent drought and record temperatures in Texas put an unprecedented strain on water resources across the state. As part of NewsHour’s Coping with Climate Change series, Hari Sreenivasan reports on the plight of two towns in their struggle for water. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2012  

    A controversial resettlement program in Ethiopia is the latest battleground in the global race to secure prized farmland and water. Correspondent Cassandra Herrman reports as part of the Food for 9 Billion series, a NewsHour partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions and Marketplace. Continue reading