As many as 1 billion in India live in areas lacking adequate water—yet the country is the world’s third largest groundwater exporter, a report published today by WaterAid reveals.  

20,000 global facilities produce a mere 1% of the world’s drinkable water at potentially significant environmental cost. But in areas where potable water sources are unsustainable for growing populations, what’s the breakdown of impact vs. urgency?  

In the early 2000s, development groups threw energy into helping poor households worldwide clean their own water—using cheap, easy technologies from sunlight to ceramic filters and boreholes. But what seemed promising in the lab didn’t pan out in practice. In Ghana, Gambia…

Marc Edwards, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech, was widely regarded as a hero for helping expose dangerously high lead levels in Flint, Michigan. But when Edwards began reporting that Flint’s lead levels were improving, activists and…

In Karachi, the scarcity of government-supplied water has given way to a lucrative “water tanker mafia” enabled by paid-off water board officials, police and landlords.

India’s Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru is prone to bursting into flames, while a detergent-like foam sometimes tops the Yamuna river flowing through New Delhi.  

Michigan's woefully slow response to astronomical lead levels in Flint's drinking water "radicalized" local pediatrician Hanna-Attisha, she writes. The debt-ridden city switched its water supply to cut costs, and officials ignored the attendant lead disaster. So she…

Climate change as a key aggravator of world hunger was the primary topic at the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate organized by the World Water Council and held earlier this week in France.  

A longstanding feature of civilizations, communal water sources and fountains are common—but they can transmit diseases. Once public health officials realized this, at the turn of the 20th century, a sanitary alternative was invented: the single-use paper Health Kup, later…

The UN apologized publicly yesterday for its role in the spread of cholera in Haiti, but stopped short of acknowledging the source of the outbreak, Nepalese peacekeepers.   Speaking before the General Assembly yesterday, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “We simply did not…