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Archive for October, 2015

South Africa: Drought May Cause Urban Water Shortages

Via Bloomberg, an article on South Africa’s water woes: Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa’s biggest city and the nation’s capital, may experience “localized problems” in water supply because of a drought and high demand, according to Rand Water Services Pty Ltd., which supplies Johannesburg and Pretoria. Residents should use water sparingly during the current period of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Can China’s South-North Water Transfer Co-Exist With Industry?

Via China Dialogue, an article on the impact of China’s huge water transfer scheme on traditional industries: Sixty-two years after Chairman Mao first envisioned the South-North Water Transfer project, the Middle Route (SNWT-MR) formally began transferring supplies of water from Danjiangkou reservoir on the border of Hubei and Henan in December 2014. In the first phase […]

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Uzbek Leader Warns Of Water Wars

Via World Bulletin, a report on Central Asian water challenges: Uzbek President Islam Karimov said Thursday that full-scale war could begin in Central Asia if Kyrgyzstan does not stop building new water-power plants under Russian patronage.  “Cascade of water-power plants on cross-border rivers will leave irrigation ditches without any water, and Aral Sea will run dry,” said […]

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Rising Costs of Water: Dire Consequences For Afghans In Battle With Iranians

Via The Guardian, a report on a village on the Afghan-Iran border which is caught up in a deadly, regional struggle for the most precious resource: Where the Hari Rud river bends north to form a natural border between Iran andAfghanistan, a patch of thick forest allows Iranian border police to remain unseen as they observe the […]

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Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Via the Technology Times, a look at Pakistan’s water crisis: WATER IS the most valuable gift given by nature and it is essential to sustain the quality of life on earth. This limited commodity has a direct bearing on almost all sectors of the economy. Fortunately, Pakistan is blessed with a number of water resources, […]

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Parched Tiger: Can India Tap Fresh Water Wisdom For “Smart” Cities?

Via Thomson Reuters, a look at India’s urban water challenges: Slum dwellers carry drinking water containers filled from a water tanker provided by the state-run Delhi Jal (water) Board on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 11, 2015. Shanti Kushwaha waits anxiously for the water tanker to reach the slums of Seelampur […]

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