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Gaza: The Water Is Running Out

Many people rely on borehole water from aquifers but, increasingly, aquifers are becoming polluted or severely depleted, even in South Africa. Very dry areas such as the Middle East are not as fortunate as other regions where rainwater harvesting is a viable option. Rain water tanks allow households and businesses to reduce reliance on municipal […]

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China: Water safety a major concern, groundwater polluted

Groundwater pollution is a growing problem, not only in China but in other parts of the world too, including South Africa.  In some cases, the only truly safe, unpolluted water can be obtained from rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks.  Many homes and businesses in South Africa obtain part or all of their water from […]

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Rainwater Harvesting Solutions in Mexico City

Mexico City, the biggest metropolis in the Western hemisphere, faces significant water shortages, leaving many domestic, agricultural, and industrial users exposed to severe water-related risks. Aqueduct’s overall water risk map for Mexico (above), with Mexico City pinpointed. Red areas indicate regions facing the most severe levels of water risk.

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Kenya Facing Ground Water Depletion

As demand for water rises and rainfall becomes less dependable, fewer Kenyans can rely only on rivers, springs or – for the lucky minority – a piped water supply. Many instead are turning to borehole water. But increasing urbanisation, combined with the effects of climate change and the growing popularity of tapping into underground aquifers, […]

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Zimbabwe: Harare residents protest against private water vendors

Harare residents yesterday demonstrated against the growing business of selling water in the capital city. Some of the companies are charging US$60 for a 5 000 litre tank full of water. But the government has admitted failing to supply adequate and clean water to Harare residents, saying rather than banning firms supplying water it must […]

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Will global warming help groundwater supplies?

More than anything else, climate change is a water problem. Scientists expect more coastal flooding and possibly more inland flooding. They expect higher temperatures and greater evaporation to deplete water resources, creating risks for the food supply. They believe sea-level rise will eventually render some regions uninhabitable.

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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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Jordanians suffering from chronic water shortage

AMMAN: “I wish I could live at the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp because there is water there,” a Jordanian man says, frustrated that he has not had any tap water of his own in months.

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Two thirds of USA struggling with water shortages, drought

The worst drought in more than half a century baked more than two thirds of the continental United States this summer and its harsh effects continue to plague the parched cities and towns of the Great Plains. Ask the 94,000 people of San Angelo, Texas who are running out of water. Fast.

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