Five capital city water storages fell over summer, and some appear to be facing dramatic long-term declines. Late drenching rains fell on southeastern Australia, but some unlucky centres missed out.
The real crisis with water supply is that South Africa doesn't know what it doesn't know.
Wetlands are an important resource that needs to be taken better care of.
The push to ‘drought-proof’ Australia is dangerous nonsense.
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Yes, Australia naturally cycles through dry and wet periods. But that doesn't mean we can simply build more dams and trust they'll be filled.
A small chocolate bar takes 21 litres of water to produce.
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It's long been known that our diet choices help determine our carbon footprint. But do you know which of your favourite foods are the most water-hungry?
There’s broad support from communities and farmers for proper water audits.
How can Australia's new Inspector General be expected to inspect waterways without a firm grasp of how much water in in them?
Melbourne’s water supplies are running low after years of drought.
Water in Sydney is far cheaper than in Melbourne, and residents take full advantage of it.
Millions of women in Africa spend long hours collecting water.
Any policies and interventions around water management can only really be successful if women are included.
In sub-Saharan Africa, upgrading water infrastructure requires substantial investment and a sustainable model.
Decision making on water infrastructure in peri-urban areas is challenging. But lessons have been learnt from a water project in Mozambique.
What lessons were learnt from Cape Town’s “Day Zero”?
Cape Town's draft strategy on water supply is out for comment, but important elements are missing from it.
The enthusiasm for recycling water that Australians had at the height of the drought little more than a decade ago has waned.
Cities relied entirely on conserving and recycling water to get through the last big drought. We now have desalination plants, but getting the most out of our water reserves still makes sense.
The largest desalination plant in Australia, Victoria’s A$3.5 billion ‘water factory’ can supply nearly a third of Melbourne’s needs.
Sydney and Melbourne are bringing desalination plants back on stream and Adelaide plans to increase its plant's output. Perth depends on desalination. But is it the best way to achieve water security?
Neither of the two federal investigations into fish deaths in the Darling River include any Indigenous representation.
Chemicals poured down the sink or pumped into the atmosphere can eventually end up in the groundwater, which means less available fresh water for us to use.
While making small volumes of pure water in a lab is possible, it’s not practical. The reaction is expensive, releases lots of energy, and can cause really massive explosions.
A farmer weeding his maize crop south of Harare, Zimbabwe.
EPA/ Aaron Ufumeli
Outdated water permit systems are threatening food security on the continent. Here's what can be done.
Reliable water supply is essential for South Africa’s development.
South Africa is a water stressed country but crisis point can be avoided.
A pretty descriptor, but no scientific basis.
Footprints get people thinking about their own impact, but for water the analogy simply doesn't work.
The latest Australian Environmental-Economic Accounts tell us waste production is rising with GDP, but the information is incomplete and widely ignored.
Water and energy use are becoming more efficient, which is good news for both the economy and the environment. But Australia has yet to realise the value of national environmental accounting.
People in the HaMakuya community go without potable water for months.
Small solutions done properly can play a huge role in dealing with water scarcity.
The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use.
Residents of a small Victorian town realised that delicious water can be a curse as well as a blessing, when they lost a legal battle to stop a local farmer shipping groundwater to a nearby bottling plant.