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‘New Climate Reality’ Stretches Global Freshwater Supply

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on how the new world’s climate reality is stretching global freshwater supply: As Pere Aragonès, Catalonia’s regional president, declared a drought emergency across the Spanish region in February, he issued a stark warning: “We are entering a new climate reality.” With water reserves falling to below 16 per […]

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Taps Run Dry in Africa’s Richest City

Via VoA News, a look at South Africa’s water crisis: Residents of Africa’s richest city, Johannesburg, are experiencing a severe water shortage in the middle of a summer heat wave. The shortages, which have lasted nearly two weeks, have affected some 50% of Johannesburg Water’s supply area, officials said. The South African city has a […]

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Failing Water System Is South Africa’s Next Crisis

Via Bloomberg, a report on Johannesburg’s water crisis: Large swath of Johannesburg left without water for 11 days Africa’s biggest bulk water company unable to meet demand South Africa is facing the prospect of a breakdown in the water supply to its industrial heartland and most-populated region, adding to the woes of an economy battered […]

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Why the Taps Keep Running Dry In South Africa’s Biggest City

Via The Conversation, a report on Johannesburg’s water crisis: Why don’t Johannesburg citizens have enough water? The water allocation for each province is based on the amount available in the dams (which must also supply our future needs) and the number of people in that province. Currently the Vaal Dam is 70% full. Rand Water – […]

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Water Crisis: Lessons from South Africa

Via Semafor, a look at lessons learned from South Africa’s water crisis: There’s a giant clock ticking until the next major city runs out of water, and it could take a trillion dollars a year to stop a countdown that affects us all. That’s what the World Resources Institute estimates the world would need to spend every […]

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South Africa: Race-Based Quotas for Water Licences Worry Farmers

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a report on  how South Africa’s ruling ANC has drafted a water licence bill that is seen by some as being race-based and threatening to agriculture: Farmer Dirk Kegta is frustrated that to get new water-drawing rights from the Vaal River in South Africa’s maize belt in the Free State […]

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