Despite assurances from Laos that work on its controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River would halt pending further impact studies, the Thai developer building the dam said yesterday that construction has continued, Reuters reported.
A drought affecting 11 provinces in Cambodia has damaged 4,811 hectares (11,888 acres) of rice seedlings and threatens 101,365 hectares (250,478 acres) more, Xinhua reported, citing a government spokesperson.
India’s water reservoir levels are inching back up, hitting 51 percent capacity this week, Reuters reported. The levels are still down 12 percent from last year at this time, but are in line with the 10-year average.
Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico that is traveling up the Mississippi River due to low freshwater flows is now only 6 river miles from reaching New Orleans’ water supply points, The Times-Picayune reported. The saltwater has already compromised drinking water facilities for Plaquemines Parish, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers is rushing to build an underwater dam to block it from moving further upstream.
Treated sewer water unintentionally recaptured in reservoirs could already make up 20 percent of drinking water supplies in state capitals across Australia, according to a professor and water expert at the University of Melbourne, the Herald Sun reported.
A heat wave and insufficient rainfall in parts of southwest China could cause temporary drinking water shortages for thousands of citizens, Xinhua reported.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a reporter for Circle of Blue based out of Enterprise, Alabama. She studied journalism and biology as an undergraduate at West Virginia University and graduated summa cum laude from the university’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has done research at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her study on coastal dune plants is currently pending publication in the Bahamas Natural History Proceedings. Her interests include food security and ecology. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends.
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