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November 26: Poor Residents of Nairobi Pay Through the Nose When Buying from the Water ‘Mafia’

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

China plans to accelerate its planned water conservation projects, while General Mills has expressed a new commitment to water conservation around the world. Poor residents of Nairobi, Kenya must contend with a mafia of private vendors to obtain their water, and the City of Los Angeles loses 7 million gallons of water a day to main breaks. Finally, scientists have heard an alpine glacier “hum”.

“The biggest barrier is not land tenure, it’s not engineering, it’s not financial, it’s not the feasibility of it and it’s not the willingness (of slum dwellers) to pay. The biggest thing is the vested interest: either the local cartels or simply the government of the day.” – Sam Parker, Chief Executive of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, on the problem of a ‘water mafia’ in Nairobi. (Reuters)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

172 Number of water conservation projects officially planned for China in the coming years. On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated that the projects would be accelerated in order to promote economic growth and deal with water shortages. Reuters

Three/day Average rate of water main breaks in drought-stricken Los Angeles. According to a representative for the L.A. Department of Water and Power, the breaks amount to “several million gallons of water a day”. CBS Los Angeles

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Science, Studies, And Reports

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have captured a natural ‘hum’ emitted by alpine glaciers. Advanced seismology allows the scientists to record the sound, which has to do with ice cracking and water flow. Scripps Institution of Oceanography

On the Radar

On The Radar

Many slum dwellers in Nairobi, Kenya depend completely on private vendors for their water supply. Only half of Nairobi’s 3 million residents have access to piped municipal water, and private suppliers work together in a tightly controlled cartel. Residents pay 10 – 25 times the price for often sub-quality water from private kiosks. Reuters

General Mills announced its commitment to water conservation at The Nature Conservancy Global Water Summit in Chicago last week. CEO and Chairman Ken Powell expressed the company’s desire to protect water resources in communities where it operates around the world.  Triple Pundit

 

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Corporate Water Risk Report: 5th CDP Survey of Top Global Companies

Corporate Water Risk Report: 5th CDP Survey of Top Global Companies

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Orange County Recycled Water System Shows Importance of Collaboration

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Peru and Chile Gold Mine Projects Address Water Concerns

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Recycled Water Facility in Australia Offers Lessons for Global Drought Planning

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Infographic: Brazil’s Water Resources Far Away From Major Cities

Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and the ninth largest in the world, is mired in a severe drought and faces the prospect of water rationing.

U.S. Farm Irrigation Becomes More Efficient, Moves East

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U.S.-China Climate Deal Includes Provision on Water-Energy Research

A joint energy research program will be extended and expanded to include water.

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Hawaii River Restorations Reflect National Desire to Protect Water for Public Benefit

Using public trust doctrine, communities restore streams diverted for more than 100 years.

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A Smarter, Snappier Stream

Reporter Codi Kozacek gives a tour of Circle of Blue’s redesigned water news digest.

Meghalaya’s Coal Shutdown Order Tests Law and New Court’s Resolve

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U.S. Government Builds a Home for Water Data

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Earth’s Major Aquifers Are in Trouble

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Big Data Requires Strong Relationships to Improve Farming

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Business, Finance Leaders Address U.S. Water Policy

From markets and higher prices, better water systems will flow, they say.

Showing Off Circle of Blue Colleagues and Reporting in Traverse City

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Matt Black’s California Drought Photographs Featured in New Yorker

Circle of Blue photographer documents Central Valley water shortage.

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Azzam Alwash

Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]

Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]

Stacey Travis

For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]

Ajay Krishnan

Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

Rose George

While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]

Peter Thum

Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]

Vessela Monta

“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

Isabella Bovolo

Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]

David Breashears

In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

Erin Huber

Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

Chris Groves

Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]

Lori Pottinger

Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]

Kunal Sangani

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