Water Scarcity and the United Nations

Water scarcity has long been an issue for human existence. Over 1.2 billion people, on all of the continents, live in regions termed “areas of physical scarcity”. Five hundred million additional people are approaching the same situation. Another 1.6 billion people face an economic shortage. The water that isn’t in shortage isn’t as innocent as it seems, either. Inadequate sanitation is a major problem for over 2.4 billion people around the world, giving prevalence to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and other water-borne illnesses (Scarcity, Decade, Water for Life).

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Drinking Water In Seyðisfjörður Unfit For Consumption

Water treatment plant malfunctions have led to drinking water in the Icelandic village being unfit for drinking straight away.

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Indian Point Nuclear Facility Operator Reports ‘Alarming Levels’ of Radioactivity in Plant’s Groundwater; Some Wells Increase 65,000%

Gov. Cuomo said the plant’s operator, Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%.

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Shigellosis Outbreak Associated with Contaminated Well Water in a Rural Elementary School: Sichuan Province, China, June 7–16, 2009

This investigation of shigellosis outbreak in an elementary school in Sichuan Province, China, identified the source of infection, mode of transmission and risk factors for illness, and concluded that this shigellosis outbreak was caused by drinking untreated water from a well polluted by Shigella flexneri 2b.

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Montreal Approves Plan to Dump Sewage into St. Lawrence River

On November 8th, the Liberal minister of environment, Catherine McKenna, approved Montreal’s plan to dump 8 billion liters of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

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Water Sold to Selangor Free From Bauxite Contamination, Says Pahang Exco

State Basic Facilities and Environmental Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said the source of the water supplied to Selangor came from west Pahang area such as Raub and Bentong, away from the bauxite mining areas in Kuantan.

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Organic Pollution in India

On January 15th, three blocks within the populous city Meerut, were declared sensitive zones: The water there is highly contaminated. As the Pollution Control Board (PCB) later found out, the reason for this contamination was due to high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS), almost four times the normally permitted levels.

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How Long Will it Take to Kill the Froth at Bellandur Lake?

However, this comes with a major clause and the contamination of the water has to completely stop and all measures such as construction of sewage plants and treatment of water flowing into the lake have to be undertaken.

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Raw Sewage Hits the Waimata River

RAW sewage was released into the Waimata River near Russel Street in Gisborne on Tuesday night because of a pump malfunction. The council was alerted at 8.40pm to a fault with the Russell Street pump station, where about six cubic metres of wastewater had leaked into the river.

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Lack of Safe Water May Contribute to Lower Life Expectancy in Remote Australia

Many factors contribute to lower life expectancy, including lack of access to primary health care and treatment, poverty and overcrowded housing. Many people living in remote communities of Australia have a lower life expectancy than those living metropolitan Australia, and one of the reasons for this could be lack of access to sufficient clean, safe water, according to a press release.

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Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Under Threat Without Urgent Funding – Report

An interim report released on Monday by a water science taskforce called for more urgency – and the injection of corporate and philanthropic funding – to improve reef water quality as a bulwark against its greatest long-term threat, climate change.

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Power Plant Raises Concerns About Drinking Water Contamination

Company says diesel-powered facility between Rowlands Castle and Horndean will help stop power cuts. SERIOUS concerns have been raised about contamination of the public water supply amid plans to build a power plant in the countryside.

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