Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency. [...]

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Communities lose their land and water sources due to OLAM’s agribusiness in Gabon

“In these supposedly win-win contracts, I would like to know what our communities are gaining. On the contrary, we are losing and even dying a slow death.” With this cry of despair, Célestine Ndong (1) describes the bitter situation in Mouilla, Gabon, where the GRAINE [“seed” in French] program has been underway for several years. [...]

Indonesian Supreme Court Terminates Water Privatization

One of the last acts of the Suharto dictatorship in 1997 was illegal privatization of Jakarta City’s water services. Finally the 20-year long legal fight was came to an end. The Indonesian Supreme Court on October 9, 2017 announced that it ruled against privatization of water services in Jakarta. In its verdict, the Supreme Court [...]

America’s Growing Water Crisis

The water infrastructure in our country is over 100 years old, so an upgrade is long overdue. The American Water Works Association estimates that replacing the obsolete water infrastructure in the country would cost at least $1 trillion. All the public attention to the water infrastructure was occasioned by the recent water crisis in Flint, [...]

The cost of water

Something to think about next time you get your water bill. Here’s how our water prices compare to those in developing countries: That’s not the cost people are paying every day, but the cost for 50 litres, which is what the World Health Organisation considers an adequate level of consumption for health and hygiene. It’s [...]

As global groundwater disappears, rice, wheat and other international crops may start to vanish

We already know that humans are depleting vital groundwater resources across the globe. But a new study shows one of the biggest causes of disappearing groundwater is the international food trade. About 70 percent of freshwater around the globe goes toward irrigation. Researchers from the University College London and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies [...]