Water Problems Need Local Solutions: New Book

Rather than seeing the world’s water problem as one global crisis, author and journalist Marq de Villiers prefers to break it down and suggests there are solutions best taken up locally. His view is outlined in a new book called “Back to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water.”

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Toxic Algae Increasing Due to Warmer Waters

Unusually warm ocean water has caused a huge algae bloom along the west coast of the United States. Also known as “Red Tide” or harmful algae blooms (HABs), Domoic acid has severely impacted marine life, shutting down most of California’s crab fisheries.

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Brazil Tailings Dam Disaster Affects Water Supply

The Fundão dam, operated by the mining company Samarco, collapsed first and spilled into the Santarém dam and waste from both began to flow to nearby cities and into a vital river. The toxic mud wave, which has been slowly traveling down the Rio Doce for several weeks, has now reached the Atlantic, adding a dangerous mix of arsenic, zinc, copper, mercury, and other substances to the water during its 500-kilometer journey.

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Bec Pollution Threatens Our ‘Economic Prosperity’

Environmental activists yesterday launched their long-threatened legal action over the persistent oil pollution plaguing Clifton Pier, warning that the situation was “damaging the economic prosperity” of the Bahamas.

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Kitchener’s Water, Sewer Rates Rising Faster Than Inflation

Kitchener ratepayers are facing a projected increase of 7.6 per cent in their water bills every year for the next decade, and a 10.8 per cent increase every year for sanitary sewers. Rates in Waterloo are expected to rise around 4-5 per cent a year over that time, while they’ll go up about 6-7 per cent a year in Cambridge.

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Bottled, Boiled or Filtered Water: How to Get Pure Drinking Water in India?

In many places, you can’t drink tap water in India directly and safe or pure drinking water is a big concern for most of us. Every year 37.7 million people in India are affected by waterborne diseases due to contamination of water by bacteria (E coli, Shigella, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (Hepatitis A, polio virus, rota virus) and parasites (E. histolytica, Giardia, hook worm). Luckily, antibiotics and other medicine can treat most water-borne diseases. What is more worrying is the presence of arsenic and other heavy metals such as cadmium, zinc and mercury.

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Mass Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Citizens of Bangladesh have been suffering from the consequences of arsenic poisoning for years. This situation is often referred to as one of the largest mass poisonings of all time.

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Experts Say Drinking Lot of Water Prevents Harmattan-Related Infections

Drinking a lot of water would help to prevent harmattan related infections. When hydrated, the body flushes toxins and was kept refreshed all day.

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Groundwater is Mostly Non-Renewable, Study Finds

According to a new Canadian-led study, we could easily run out of water supply, since the wells we rely on cannot be renewed. It is a common belief that snow and rain do their job effectively to kindly provide us with fresh water, but it turns out that resources previously considered renewable aren’t all that renewable.

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Sewer System Plan Gets Preliminary OK

A plan to compel riverside property owners to hook up to the municipal sewer system rather than use a septic system got approval from city councilors in Peterborough, Ontario.

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The Looming Water Crisis, and its Causes – IRR

South Africa is a water-constrained country with a vital need to conserve, manage, and expand its limited water resources as efficiently as possible. Municipalities are now discharging around 4 billion litres of untreated or partially treated sewage into the country’s rivers and dams every day.

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Not Just St Inez Creek, but Ourem Creek also Faces Pollution

The stench that pervades over Patto and areas of Fontainhas, India, emanates from CCP’s composting-cum-storage centre at Patto, but few realize that the facility has also been polluting the waters of the Ourem Creek that runs adjacent to the site.

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