The Stream, August 26: Fire Threatens San Francisco’s Water

A wildfire in California could threaten San Francisco’s water supply as it nears the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite, Fox News reported. The reservoir provides 85 percent of the city’s water.

Residents of Damascus, the capital of war-torn Syria, are worried that their food and water supplies may be poisoned following a suspected chemical weapon attack, Reuters reported. Though the exact nature of the recent attack is unknown, chemicals used in previous attacks are known to mix with water.

Japan is turning to foreign expertise for solutions to the leaking water problem at the damaged Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant, Reuters reported. Officials from Japan have visited Chernobyl in Ukraine, and said that the site is a “useful reference” for workers at Fukushima.

In drought-hit areas, India is pursuing potable water generators that create drinking water from the atmosphere, the Times of India reported. One generator can produce 700 to 1200 liters of water each day.

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