The Global Rundown
Ethiopia is flexing its hydropower muscles, causing downstream disgruntlement for its neighbors to both the north and south. Another African country on a dam planning spree is Zimbabwe; more water storage is needed to cope with recent flood-and-drought rainfall cycles. Vietnam is looking at ways to save water when growing rice, one of its main crops, while Ireland is looking at ways to protect workers who install water meters. In Britain, research has shown that the average person only drinks one glass of pure water per day. Finally, a study published on Thursday asserts that better water and sanitation have the power to eradicate slums and urban poverty.
“Ethiopia designs all the dams in the country in a way that does not harm significantly the downstream countries. This is a principle. This principle by itself is very important. There is no need to give a guarantee.” —Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopian Water Minister, on damming the Upper Nile. (Reuters)
By The Numbers
20 meters Distance protesters must stay from workers installing water meters in Ireland. The Irish Times
25 percent Reduced water use associated with a new rice farming technique that the Vietnamese government is recommending. SciDev.Net
1 every 10 years The frequency with which major cities in Zimbabwe must build new dams to keep up with water demand. OOSKAnews
Science, Studies, And Reports
The international charity Water Aid published a study on Thursday which says that if governments were to invest in water and sanitation, they could completely eliminate urban poverty and slums in less than a generation. Reuters
In Britain, market research has shown that 6 in 10 Britons drink only one glass of pure water a day, opting for tea, coffee, or sugary drinks. The Telegraph
On The Radar
Ethiopia has two new hydropower dams planned on the Omo River, at the border with Kenya. Kenyan activists oppose the dams, fearing that they will affect those who live on downstream Lake Turkana. Worldbulletin News
Ethiopia is also continuing construction of the Renaissance Dam, which will be Africa’s largest, on the Upper Nile, much to the dismay of Egyptians who feel their main water source is threatened. Reuters
is both a scientist and a journalist, she holds an MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and she brings proficiency in ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping software.