access to water

The Observer view on why we shouldn’t waste a drop of water when it’s so vital and valuable | Observer editorial

The Observer view on why we shouldn’t waste a drop of water when it’s so vital and valuable | Observer editorial

Britain’s water politics are benign compared with much of the world. All the more reason to protect our supplyIt’s hot. Very hot. And as ever in the UK when the sun comes out for more than a few,
Tourists told to stay away from Indian city of Shimla due to water crisis

Tourists told to stay away from Indian city of Shimla due to water crisis

Residents use social media to beg holidaymakers to avoid area as supply runs dryResidents of the picturesque Indian hill station Shimla are begging tourists to stay away amid a severe drinking water
Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance | Letters

Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance | Letters

Decision-makers must acknowledge the pivotal role that water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infection, writes WaterAid’s Margaret Batty. Meanwhile Matt Ball of the The Good Food Institute
World Water Day: Deadly plight of Brazil's river defenders goes unheard

World Water Day: Deadly plight of Brazil's river defenders goes unheard

At a high-level talking shop for the global water industry in Brazil, river defenders and community activists - who are often murdered or criminalised for trying to protect their resources - have set
More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

To mark World Water Day, NGO says accessing water is getting more difficult in world’s most environmentally stressed nations Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed
Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

Andrea Bruce’s prize-winning images from India, Haiti and Vietnam document the deeply sensitive issue of open defecation, which affects 1.1 billion of the world’s poorest peoplePhotographs: Andrea
Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'

Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'

More than 30,000 slum residents have been forced to the ‘critically polluted’ area of Mahul as the city clears land around a water pipeline and plans a bike lane to stop residents moving backAway from
What Cape Town can learn from Australia’s millennium drought

What Cape Town can learn from Australia’s millennium drought

As Day Zero looms and the South African city gets set to run out of water, experts say lessons learned during Melbourne’s brush with a similar fate may help avert a global crisis In December 2017,
Water crisis in Cape Town as 'day zero' approaches – video report

Water crisis in Cape Town as 'day zero' approaches – video report

After years of severe drought, Cape Town officials are preparing to shut off mains water supplies to a million homes. Residents have also been asked to limit their use to 50 litres a day as 'day zero'
Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

In 10 weeks engineers will turn off water for a million homes as this South African city reacts to a one-in-384-year drought. The rich are digging boreholes, more are panic-buying bottled water, and
'We fight with each other over water': rivers run dry in Mozambique – in pictures

'We fight with each other over water': rivers run dry in Mozambique – in pictures

In the absence of basic sanitation, life in rural Mozambique during the dry season involves a relentless cycle of arduous journeys to collect water unfit for drinking. The struggle for survival, which
Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research
O efeito Amazônia: como o desmatamento está deixando São Paulo sem água

O efeito Amazônia: como o desmatamento está deixando São Paulo sem água

Há dois anos, uma seca desencadeou violência, saques e ‘estados de calamidade’ oficiais pela metrópole, com o Exército de prontidão para intervir. Agora, novos sinais sugerem que a história poderia se
The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

A drought two years ago triggered fighting, looting and official ‘states of calamity’ across the metropolis, with the army preparing to send in troops. Now, new warnings suggest it could happen again
Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

The Bollywood star hopes that the story of Anita Narre, who shocked India by leaving her new husband because his home had no toilet, can inspire the country to tackle a sanitation crisis that blights
New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

Making clean water more accessible could unleash economic growth in the developing world.
New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

Making clean water more accessible could unleash economic growth in the developing world.