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.
Pakistan is becoming bone dry, according to The Express Tribune, which says that by 2040 it could be South Asia’s most water-stressed country, a victim of “climate change coupled with rapid urbanization and population growth.” As the region suffers under a widespread drought, underground cartels have an illegal stranglehold on nature’s most precious resource.
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The Zimba batch chlorinator, one of the inventions recently recognized in the Innovation Countdown 2030 compiled by public health and innovation nonprofit PATH, could provide developing countries with clean water in a package smaller than a bedside nightstand.
If a lone study is to be believed, the stream which cuts through Mingora, Swat is fed 75 tonnes of waste on a daily basis. While locals cannot corroborate, they firmly believe this is no longer a ‘fresh’ water source.
The discharge of untreated sewage and industrial waste into rivers has emerged as the major cause of pollution in 16 of the 40 rivers studied by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on interstate borders. The study found the water unfit for any use. The Bhima river, which has Mula, Mutha, Pavana and Indrayani as its tributaries, too was found polluted at two locations — Takli in Solapur and Jewargi in Gangapur in Karnataka.
At present, the Ganga is choking with corpses and sewage, the Saraswati has long vanished from its course, and the Godavari’s course is slowly changing irrevocably, thanks to the concreting of its banks, and its tributaries are seemingly dying a slow death. And these rivers are the sites of one of the largest religious congregations in the world.
Faced with drought that has cut hydropower production in the face of growing power demand, the Tanzanian government is planning to declare the water supplies of the Mtera and Kidatu hydropower facilities in the south of the country protected sites.
The Tuscarawas County Health Department, along with the village of Newcomerstown, Oxford Township and Tuscarawas County officials, will meet with residents of the Mizer Addition east of Newcomerstown, where traces of tetrachloroethene, or PCE, were detected following a series of groundwater tests conducted since January.
Doctoral candidate Joanna Adadevoh was recently spotlighted by the University for her research into purification of contaminated groundwater through bacterial microbes. Adadevoh’s research focuses on using chemotactic bacteria — bacteria that can seek out contaminates — to rehabilitate groundwater. She is focused primarily on contaminants from oil spills.
Climate change will lead to water scarcity in large parts of Africa. But there is hope – on African rooftops. Researchers in Norway are currently involved in the development of better water systems for Ghana, in order to ensure that people have more sustainable access to clean water.