Water-starved cities around the world are starting to turn to a once-unpalatable solution: recycling their sewage. And they have a surprising pioneer to thank for developing the technology — the southern African desert country of Namibia.
New York City drew the reservoir down to an unprecedented level last winter — but only because forecasting told city official that it would soon be able to refill with an unprecedented amount of snowmelt.
India's monsoon is still nearly a month away, and the heat is scorching, but parts of the country have nearly run out of water. Meanwhile, fires burn and people struggle with a half hour of water a day — or less.
Labels on bottled water make it difficult for consumers to discern what is in their water: has it been purified or tested? A Congressional hearing and new reports illustrate the lack of information that consumers have about what's in a bottle of water.
Just how much water goes into making the jeans you're wearing? It's called a 'water footprint' and as global water supplies dwindle, some are trying to raise awareness about the water cost of our daily consumption.
Political instability and violence make Pakistan a U.S. foreign policy priority. But there's another looming crisis there too. Pakistan is fast running out of water and much of what IS available is making people sick. On PRI's The World.
The World Bank has warned that a scarcity of clean water poses a serious threat to Pakistan's stability. In the second of her two part series, The World's Laura Lynch reports from the Indus River Delta in southern Pakistan.
The Middle East has had several years of drought. Across the region, from Israel to Iraq, there's more use of water and less water available and that's exacerbating the political tensions and problems. Linda Gradstein reports.
The Middle East is running out of clean water. Israeli and Palestinian leaders don't want to talk about it. But grassroots organizations say they have no choice. Correspondent Linda Gradstein has the story on PRI's The World.
The United States recently joined other leading industrial nations to pledge 20 billion dollars towards improving farming in Africa. But as The World's Gerry Hadden reports from Morocco, some Africans are wary of this latest round of help from outside.