Alien pine trees, which use substantially more water than the native vegetation of the Cape Mountains, reduce river flows to dams that supply the city’s water.
Clearing alien trees before the drought hit could have reduced the impact of climate change on water supply during the ‘Day Zero’ drought.
Lake Urmia, Iran.
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Salt storms are an emerging threat, as Lake Urmia dries up and exposes huge salt marshes.
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.
The future of Perth’s urban wetlands is in doubt.
Perth, unlike Cape Town, faces no prospect of its tapwater running out. But other problems lurk beneath the surface, as the city’s drying climate puts increasing pressure on irrigation and wetlands.
Deep dive: water flows from a bore in Birdsville, Queensland.
Groundwater is out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind. As cities struggle to cope with drought, we should remember that our largest stocks of water are hidden deep underground.
It pays to think very carefully about your new fridge.
We use our fridges, washing machines and air conditioners every day. That means that we should consider much more than the up-front retail price when choosing to invest in a new one.
Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management.
Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence. But a range of measures could help the industry use less freshwater.
An innovative water-sensitive project aims to dramatically improve the health of slums and their environment together.
A five-year project announced today will implement an innovative water-sensitive approach tailored to informal settlements. The goal is to revitalise 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia.
Despite a decade of drought and declining rainfall in parts of Australia, there’s still plenty of water to go around.
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The Millennium Drought ended more than five years ago, but several years of below-average rainfall and El Niño have brought drought back to many parts of Australia. Our latest report on water in Australia shows rainfall is continuing to decline in eastern Australia and increase in the north.
Open-air irrigation: so last century.
A government for the 21st century needs to work out how we can grow our food, manufacture goods and dispose of waste without making such a huge mess.
A water treatment pond.
Image courtesy Seqwater
The Bureau of Meteorology recently released for the first time comprehensive national data on recycling and desalination.
Unless water is governed properly, the African continent will face massive problems in the coming years.
Managing Africa’s water sources is a matter of vital importance for people to have any hope of surviving on the continent