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Thirsty Cities Drill For Water

Via Circle of Blue, an article on the promise and peril of drilling for groundwater:  In the mountains east of the city, just beyond the curving road up Sir Lowry’s Pass, workers maneuver heavy machinery to stab at the ground near Steenbras Dam, drilling deeply with steel pipes to bring forth water. They are trying […]

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A Water Apartheid

Via The Washington Post, an OpEd on Cape Town and the peril / promise of urban life in an era of climate change: A person can survive only about three to five days without access to water. What about a city? This is not a hypothetical question: The thirsty city threatens to be the most […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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Divided By Drought: Water Scarcity Divides Rich and Poor

Via The Washington Post, analysis of how Cape Town’s water crisis has highlighted the divide between rich and poor: What do you do when your city is running out of water? The answer, at least in one of the world’s most unequal countries, depends on how much money you have. Within the next few months, […]

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The Politics of Drought

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on Cape Town’s water crisis: AT THE edge of Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town, Ntombi Mlityalwa is filling a huge old paint tin from a standpipe, with which she intends to do laundry. As water gushes, she says that it is not always so easy. The tap she is […]

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Africa’s Manmade Water Crisis

Via Project Syndicate, commentary on how the imminent shutdown of Cape Town’s piped water network should serve as a wake-up call for all of Africa to overhaul urban water-management systems but may not: About a decade ago, at a meeting of South African mayors convened by Lindiwe Hendricks, South Africa’s then-minister of water and environmental […]

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