The Stream, September 6: Rising Seas & Changing Rain Threaten Caribbean Water Supply

Water Supply
Fresh water supplies in the Caribbean, most of which come from underground, face contamination and depletion as seas rise and rain patterns shift due to climate change, the Associated Press reported. Overuse is also depleting water supplies, and experts are urging the agriculture and tourism industries to better monitor and manage their consumption.

Thirty-five water “ATMs” have been installed in urban areas of India, allowing residents to buy approximately 10 liters of treated water for one rupee, Discovery News reported. The kiosks are for-profit and operated by franchise owners.

Namibia, which is experiencing its worst drought in decades, will begin building a $US 281.5 million dam to supply drinking water and irrigation for 5,000 hectares, Bloomberg News reported. The Neckartal Dam will take three years to complete.

Water Contamination
Japanese fishermen say they will not accept any release of water into the ocean from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a move plant operators say could help them manage a growing amount of contaminated wastewater, Bloomberg News reported. South Korea has already banned fish coming from areas of Japan.

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