Earth’s surface is dominated by water, 97% of which is salty. If even a fraction of that can be converted to drinkable water for municipal purposes and usable water for agriculture and industrial applications, then water scarcity becomes a far less daunting crisis.
After struggling with a water shortage for years, Israel is now considered a water superpower – mostly thanks to its Water Authority – and representatives of many states and governments around the world have been arriving to learn from the desert country which succeeded in overcoming its dry starting point.
Water threats or stress can be worsened by droughts, while water scarcity can affect agriculture and urban water supplies in various continents and nations. OECD’s report also paints a grim picture of the fact that urbanisation increases the world population’s lack of access to safe and clean water by 2050, causing health and environment consequences.
Water supply in Hulu Langat and Kuala Langat which was disrupted due to mechanical breakdown and contamination last month, have been fully restored.
Bangkok’s tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital’s water authority said.
A disturbing day at the beach in San Francisco, three large marine mammals washed up dead at Ocean Beach.
Residents of some parts of the capital have been facing a drinking water crisis for the last several years. The water they are supplied with has a bad odour. Families living in parts of Mugda, Bashabo, Kadamtola, Maniknagar, Mayakanon, Tilpapara and Manda have been suffering the most.
Recycled water—the so-called “toilet to tap” variety—processed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District could soon make its way to the region’s drinking supply. Water processed at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in San Jose—the largest water purification center in Northern California—is indeed safe to drink, according to tests run by the Pleasonton-based Test America, an independent lab facility.
The recent Iloilo City water crisis was a wake-up call to our government. The water shortage they experienced is alarming, and supporting studies show that the entire country might experience this feared shortage of water supply. It is time that we act.” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Shah Faisal Afridi has suggested that by following Chinese rooftop farming technology of “Aquaponics”, Pakistan can overcome food shortage, water crises, excessive use of pesticides and expensive fertilizers.