Water Consumption and Use 120 Urbanizing Countries

Infographic: Breakdown of Water Consumption and Use in Fastest-Urbanizing Countries

The relative water consumption per capita, percent usage of available freshwater in each country, and the respective breakdowns of use in agricultural, municipal, and industrial sectors are shown for the 120 fastest-urbanizing countries.
Urban Water Access 2011

Infographic: Urban Areas vs. Water Access Global Map

This is a global overview of the water access (as a percentage of population) and of the urban factor.

A Dry and Anxious North Awaits China’s Giant, Unproven Water Transport Scheme

Authorities anticipate approval for new western line to tap energy reserves. Sparks and the blue flare of arc welders, like hot stars in the night sky, illuminate the interior of a massive water tunnel that crosses underneath the Yellow River.
Going the Distance for Water

Infographic: Going the Distance, From Ashgabat to Whyalla—10 Cities Pumping Water From Afar

In many cities, water travels far to reach the tap. Residents of the planet's driest places rely on extensive waterways to deliver their supply. Click through the interactive infographic below to learn more about 10 cities that pipe water in from distant aquifers, plus additional plans to expand waterway networks even further.

Prompted By Scarcity, Colorado River Basin States Examine Their Lifeline

The worst drought in the 105-year historical record of the Colorado River has opened a new era of water scarcity that is prompting state and federal water managers to evaluate never before considered options for increasing water supply and reducing demand.

Bottling Wastewater Expands Island’s Oasis—Singapore’s NEWater Path to Independence

Singapore is first to bottle and sell wastewater for drinking.

Water From Afar—Azerbaijan’s Capital Opens 265-km Water Pipeline

The world’s largest high-pressure pipeline made from a glass-plastic composite material.

Pakistan and India in Dam Building Race — Interpreting the Indus Waters Treaty

A new era of dam building brings uncertainty to the 50-year-old water truce between India and Pakistan.

More People, More Problems — Water Challenges with Chinese Urbanization

Recent reports reveal the nation's freshwater challenges and their possible solutions.

Study: Overpumping Draws Down the World’s Groundwater Reserves

Groundwater depletion doubled between 1960 and 2000.

Saudi Water Use ‘Growing Exponentially,’ Higher Prices Needed, Report Says

Agriculture is draining non-renewable groundwater reserves in the water-scarce country.

Foreign Investors Becoming Players in Australia’s Water Market

Well-defined water rights, increasing demand, and scarcity projections are attracting investment funds from abroad.