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
Toldeo’s mayor says the city’s tap water is safe to drink, lifting a ban that has affected nearly 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan since Saturday. Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference, saying the city’s drinking water is safe, according to the Associated Press. Continue reading
As California suffers through an historic drought, with penalties for wasting water going into effect this week, something unusual is going on: the state and the farmers seem to be agreeing on how to manage groundwater. Or how not to manage it.
The proposed rules would prohibit individuals from allowing runoff during outdoor watering, washing cars with open hoses, spraying down sidewalks or other hard surfaces, and using potable water in decorative fountains. There would be a $500 fine for breaking those rules. Continue reading
Growing strawberries takes water, sunshine, soil…and math. Mathematicians are helping farmers in the Parajo Valley grow more berries using less water with the power of numbers. Continue reading