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Water crisis in city may take a serious turn soon

A heavy shower Friday morning though broke the hot-spell, the plight of the people facing acute water shortage is unlikely to go away soon.

“The water crisis that has been causing sufferings to the residents of different parts of the Dhaka city is unlikely to end soon.

 

“Rather lifting of excess groundwater from the aquifer and obstruction to recharge it may even intensify the crisis in the coming days, experts said.

“Excess lifting of groundwater, pollution of natural water bodies, power outage, overpopulation and policy failures are the factors causing water crisis in the capital, they said.

“The areas in which people across the capital are suffering from water crisis now include Mirpur, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Badda-Gulshan, Jurain, Khilgaon, Moghbazar, Bashabo, Mugda, Madartek, Wari, Azimpur, most parts of Old Dhaka, Hazaribag, Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi-Shankar, Kalyanpur.

“Residents claimed that the water supplied by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) was inadequate and in some areas the piped-water was also too much polluted and unfit for consumption.

“”Even, despite boiling it for more than an hour, the bad smell doesn’t go. On the other hand, its colour becomes yellow-reddish. This water can only be used for washing clothes and cleaning the floor,” Aklima Ara, a house-wife at Azimpur Graveyard (old) area in the capital said.

“She said most of the time she is forced to use this dirty water for cooking and drinking.”

Read more: The Financial Express

Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

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“More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday.

“The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife if cities pump in water from outside, said the article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The study found that under current urbanization trends, by mid-century some 993 million city dwellers will live with less than 100 liters (26 gallons) each day of water each — roughly the amount that fills a personal bathtub — which authors considered the daily minimum.

“Adding on the impact of climate change, an additional 100 million people will lack what they need for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing and toilet use.

“”Don’t take the numbers as destiny. They’re a sign of a challenge,” said lead author Rob McDonald of The Nature Conservancy, a private environmental group based near Washington.

“”There are solutions to getting those billion people water. It’s just a sign that a lot more investment is going to be needed, either in infrastructure or in water use efficiency,” he said.”

Read more: Brisbane Times

“Hydro-diplomacy” needed to avert Arab water wars

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“The United Nations should promote “hydro-diplomacy” to defuse any tensions over water in regions like the Middle East and North Africa where scarce supplies have the potential to spark future conflicts, experts said on Sunday.

“They said the U.N. Security Council should work out ways to bolster cooperation over water in shared lakes or rivers, from the Mekong to the Nile, that are likely to come under pressure from a rising world population and climate change.

“The Middle East and North Africa are the regions most at risk of conflict over scarce water supplies, they said, but history shows “water wars” are very rare.

“”We think that water is an issue that would be a appropriate for the U.N. Security Council,” Zafar Adeel, chair of UN-Water, told Reuters ahead of a meeting of experts in Canada this week to discuss water and security.

“U.N. studies project that 30 nations will be “water scarce” in 2025, up from 20 in 1990. Eighteen of them are in the Middle East and North Africa, with Libya and Egypt among those added to the 1990 list that includes Israel and Somalia.”

Read more: Reuters Africa

Water crisis by 2020: Experts tell conference that action to avert shortages is needed now

“South Africa faces a water crisis and could start having critical shortages as early as 2020, experts told the inaugural South African Water and Energy Forum in Johannesburg.

“The forum’s two-day conference is being held at the Sandton Sun for local and international experts to deliberate on water and energy supply issues in South Africa and globally.

“Former Water Affairs director- general and visiting professor at the Wits University Graduate School of Public and Development Management Mike Muller told delegates that “a crisis is looming … If we don’t panic now and take action now, we will be in a crisis by 2020.”"

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Officials Warn Of Great Lakes Water Shortage

“A federal analysis this week warned that the Great Lakes region could experience water shortages in some locations in coming years because of climate shifts or surging demand.

“The five-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey, released on Monday, describes the Great Lakes as an aquatic treasure trove. The lakes themselves have 6 quadrillion gallons — enough to spread a foot-deep layer across North America, South America and Africa — and the volume of groundwater surpasses that of Lake Huron.

“Yet groundwater levels have plummeted about 1,000 feet in the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas because of pumping for municipal supplies and could drop an additional 100 feet over the next three decades if withdrawal rates jump as expected, the report says. The Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, its deep wells contaminated with radium, is seeking permission to tap Lake Michigan under a compact signed by the region’s eight states in 2005.

“The report doesn’t identify other potential problem areas, but lead author Howard W. Reeves said local officials should become familiar with data about supplies close to home and use it to guide long-range planning for development and water use.”

Read more: CBS Chicago

China Makes Water a $12 Billion Priority

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“China suffers from an annual shortage of 40 billion cubic meters of water, the minister said, with two-thirds of cities having trouble accessing water.

“The water shortage is one barrier in the way of the government’s goal of meeting demand for important grains from domestic supplies. While the government has continued to declare statistical self-sufficiency, grain purchases from abroad surged last year, with imports in key categories reaching their highest levels in 15 years.

“Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Sunday’s briefing, Chen Xiwen, one of China’s leading agricultural policymakers, said that “with changes in global trade and resources, our self-sufficiency may decrease.” But he added that self-sufficiency is “still an important concept…. It’s dangerous for a country with a population as large as China not to defend self-sufficiency in grains.”

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Report details future water needs: SWSI says statewide consumption will double during next 40 years

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“At least 1.8 million people are expected to live in northeast Colorado by 2050, straining drinking water supplies, drying up farmland across the region and forcing authorities to consider building new water storage and pipeline projects, according to a state water supply report issued this week.

“The 2010 Statewide Water Supply Initiative, or SWSI, report concludes that statewide water consumption will double during the next 40 years and require between 600,000 and 1 million acre-feet of additional water supplies to sate the state’s growing thirst.

“Doing that will mean up to 267,000 acres of today’s irrigated land in northeast Colorado – the entire South Platte River Basin including most of Larimer County but excluding the Denver metro area – will be forced to go dry as water used for crops will be used for city drinking water.

“Without studying the impact of climate change on water availability in Colorado, the report shows that Northern Colorado will be short more than 100,000 acre-feet of water to meet the demand even if Glade Reservoir and all other water storage projects now on the table are eventually built.”

Read more: The Coloradoan

Lingering drought may cut water supply in east China province

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“Water supplies to nearly one million people will cease if a drought in east China’s Shandong Province lasts until the end of March, disaster prevention officials warned Thursday, as much of China’s northern region continued to experience less than average rainfall, which started months ago.

“The drought is the worst in six decades, said Yang Zhendong, director of the provincial flood and drought control office.

“Little rain has fallen in the province since September, with only 12 millimeters since September 23, about 15 percent of the normal level, he said.

“Officials said some 3.2 million people across the province have been affected by the shortage.”

Read more: People’s Daily Online

Poor Mexican villagers struggle to cope without water and power in wake of 7.2 earthquake

“In a poor farming village about 20 miles south of Mexicali, the Baja government was setting up a relief center Monday to distribute blankets, food and water for those whose homes were damaged or flooded. Hundreds of people, mostly families, have begun lining up, some of them walking miles to get to the center.

“Scattered throughout Colonia de la Puerta, hundreds of ramshackle homes made of adobe or brick, with tin or tar-paper roofs, collapsed after Sunday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Many people are sleeping outside or in tents.

“Maria del Carmen, 21, said she and her family arrived at the relief center after walking seven miles from their home. “We have nothing,” she said. “We have no water for our family. We need help.”

read more: Los Angeles Times

Movement against Indian water aggression

“Speaking on the occasion, Saeed said that by constructing illegal dams and diverting water of Pakistani rivers, India has virtually imposed war on Pakistan. He demanded of the government to prepare the nation to counter this aggression. “The government must take practical steps to secure Pakistani water,” he stressed. He said that due to water shortage, not only cultivation of crops would be impossible but drinking water would not be available to Pakistanis. “It is a matter of life and death for Pakistan”, he said.”

read more: The News