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New Zealand: Northern drought fuels need for water deliveries

As Northland’s drought bites, rural residents on water tanks are having to call for deliveries. Water carriers and water tankers across the region have been busy with increased demand.

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Drought threatens millions in India

Mumbai – Millions of people in western India are suffering their worst drought in more than four decades, with critics blaming official ineptitude and corruption for exacerbating the natural water shortage. Central areas of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, are facing a water shortage worse than the severe drought in 1972, said […]

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New Zealand: Drought on Waiheke Island causes water conflict

The hot weather has seen tempers flare on Auckland’s Waiheke Island, where locals are accusing each other of using bribery and theft to battle water shortages. Waiheke Island resident Debbie Tong went eight days without water before her water tank could be filled.

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USA: 2012 warmest & second most extreme year on record

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the United States and was also the second most extreme ever, the US government agency charged with monitoring weather events says. The hot weather contributed to a record drought which, at its peak, parched 61% of the nation, destroyed crops worth billions and slowed shipping on the […]

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Limpopo water crisis worsens

The water crisis in Limpopo’s Mopani district is worsening and there isn’t a solution in sight. The district is marred by persistent water shortages and at some stage bore holes were flagged as a solution.

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USA: Another drought in Texas looming?

Water managers are eyeing their gauges, farmers are watching wheat fields wither, ranchers are recalculating their herd numbers and city dwellers are dragging out their sprinklers again as drought rapidly intensifies across Texas. A new federal survey shows the dreaded “d-word” is worming its way back as rainfall deficits mount and soil moisture, stream flows […]

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Water scarcity affecting profitability of South African farms

Dwindling profitability and water scarcity have left South Africa with less than two-thirds of the number of food-producing farms it had in the early 1990s, says the latest agricultural trends report by the World Wide Fund for Nature in South Africa. The report indicates that failed land reform projects and the flight of commercial farmers […]

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Texas, USA: Saving Up for a Dry Day

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Last year, as a ferocious drought tightened its hold on Texas, John Kight, a landowner in the Hill Country west of here, was getting calls. Eleven years ago, Mr. Kight installed a rainwater harvesting system at his rural home, and as wells started to go dry around the state in 2011, other […]

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Namibia: Water Shortage At Village Solved

  The lack of clean drinking water at Asab village in the Gibeon Constituency is now a thing of the past, as a borehole supplying clean water was drilled there in August. Nampa reported in July this year that a lack of water had forced residents to dig holes in the nearby Asab riverbed to […]

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