Human waste is being turned into drinkable water at a treatment plant in Washington state, with funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, we see how the pioneering idea could be a lifechanger for developing countries struggling with both sewage and clean water access. Continue reading
In the four years since the drought in California began, the lack of water has cost thousands of jobs, caused noticeable changes in the landscape and induced desperation among citizens who are running out of options. In search of a solution, farmers who have drilled deeper and deeper into the ground for available water have sought help from unlikely sources. NewsHour’s John Larson reports. Continue reading
Where did Earth’s water come from? For years, scientists believed comets could have delivered it to Earth. But the Rosetta spacecraft revealed today that is not the case. Continue reading
Out of the world’s population of 7.3 billion people, about one-quarter of them drink water from sources polluted with fecal matter, and one billion people practice open defacation. That number is especially high in rural parts of the world, where as many as nine out of 10 people have no toilets and instead must rely on using open fields or areas that may be close to drinking water. Continue reading
Water has become the unlikely subject of black market dealings in some the California’s worst-hit areas. With nearly 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional drought — the highest level of drought designated by the U.S. Drought Monitor — and chances of a full recovery this winter looking unlikely, reports of water being stolen from private tanks or siphoned from public rivers are increasing.
Mexico City, home to an inefficient and inconvenient water delivery system, struggles to meet the pressing demands of its 22 million residents. Some have turned to harvesting rainwater, which has its own set of limitations. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the barriers that keep residents from clean water. Continue reading
In the first installment of the Financial Times’ series, “A world without water,” environmental correspondent Pilita Clark looks at the cost to companies as the threat of water scarcity grows. Clark spoke with NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan about global competition for supplies of available water. Continue reading