World Water News
As a company supporting clean water around the world, we at Silivhere Technologies, Inc. like to stay informed about the most recent news regarding global and regional water safety. Below are some recent news stories we have found, demonstrating the global need for access to water.
Summary of Crisis
Image Source: June 2018 Niti Aayog Composite Water Management Index
India undergoing worst water crisis in history
The BBC reported on June 15, 2018, that over 600 million people in India have "acute water shortage." While some regions such as Gujarat are doing well to conserve water, others such as Haryana or Bihar, run the risk of running out of water in the near future (~2020). Linked here, is the Indian government's June 2018 Niti Aayog Composite Water Management Index which details water concerns by city/region.
Things are looking up in Cape Town
Following a three-year drought, Cape Town is getting some well deserved rain. According to The South African, as of June 18, 2018, dams in Cape Town are a combined 37.8% full, a 6% increase from just a week ago. This number is a 15.1% increase from June of last year. Anton Bredell, a representative of the Western Cape government, still cautions individuals to limit their water use.
Past Major Dam Levels
Image Source: http://www.capetownetc.com/news/update-western-cape-water-crisis/
Drought Monitor for Mexico: May 31, 2018.
Drought Monitor for Mexico: May 31, 2018. Source: http://smn.cna.gob.mx/es/component/content/article?id=27
Mexico City: water shortage in a city that often floods
In mid-May, BBC Future reported on the imminent threat of water shortage in Mexico City. Home to ~21 million people, Mexico City has aging and inefficient water infrastructure that leads to 40% of water being lost. The city's chief resilience officer, Arnoldo Matus Kramer, relayed that many residents have an interrupted water supply -- "perhaps only being able to turn on the tap and get water twice a week" (slide 5/11). Kramer's team suggests that underground aquifers containing water for the city could be depleted in 30-50 years if the current rate of water usage is continued. Abuse of the aquifers is also linked to parts of the city sinking, and to increased seismic activity.