M. Roushan Ali | May 30, 2012 | Shared as an educational material With the water levels in reservoirs depleting fast, complaints over an acute scarcity of water are pouring in from almost all parts of Hyderabad city. Citizens say a large number of areas in the city are short of water now. The Water […]
The discovery of formaldehyde exceeding the government-set limit in water has caused suspensions of some water-purifying facilities in the Kanto eastern Japan region by Saturday, disrupting water supplies to 344,000 households in five cities of Chiba Prefecture.
With the drinking water source for five million people topping an advocacy group’s list of endangered rivers, the question is inevitable. Is it safe to drink water that comes from the Potomac River?
The American West has a ‘drinking problem.’ On farms and in cities, we are guzzling water at an alarming rate. Scientists say that to live sustainably, we should use no more than 40 percent of the water from the Colorado River Basin. As it is now, we use 76 percent, nearly double the sustainable benchmark.
As people pump groundwater for irrigation, drinking water, and industrial uses, the water doesn’t just seep back into the ground — it also evaporates into the atmosphere, or runs off into rivers and canals, eventually emptying into the world’s oceans. This water adds up, and a new study calculates that by 2050, groundwater pumping will cause a global sea level rise of about 0.8 millimeters per year.
THE TASK of providing decent water where needed is becoming increasingly difficult all across the world. Countries have in recent decades been making investments in infrastructure designed to alleviate water shortages. But the response has for the most part overlooked the problem posed by the deteriorating state of aquatic resources. If the growing water crisis is to be effectively addressed, actions will need to link water use with environmental care.