Mexico City’s Pedregales neighborhood sits atop a natural spring—but when residents try to turn on their taps, they run dry.   Water shortages are common across the city; 70% of residents only have 12 hours of water a day. But Pedregales residents believe that their water…

As Accra’s swelling population outgrows its supply of quality water, 500ml plastic packets of water have become a wildly popular. They offer a middle ground between pricey bottled water and suspect tap supply, but a patchwork of producers and lack of regulation raises…

Wastewater treatment plants that take runoff from drug manufacturing sites are laced with anti-fungals, anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories and other drugs.

Rising temperatures and worsening droughts are increasingly dehydrating the American West. Arizona’s Zero Mass Water is trying their hand at creating new sources of drinkable water, such as hydropanels strapped to buildings.Ryan Bradley pressed Zero Mass one further,…

Aging infrastructure increasingly ushers pharmaceutical pollution into urban waterways. Its impact on aquatic ecosystems is largely still a mystery—but new research sheds some light.

Chemical byproducts from pharmaceuticals flow into the ocean, largely unregulated and unchecked by wastewater treatment plants.

The Ganges River is a water source to 400 million in India, its basin is home to about 1/4 of the country’s 1.3 billion population, it contains 40% of India’s replenishable groundwater resources—and it’s in trouble.

When the Montana Supreme Court ruled last August that the city of Missoula could buy its own water system for $88.6 million, it was the conclusion of a years-long, David-and-Goliath battle between city leaders and one of Wall Street’s wealthiest private-equity firms, the…

Known as India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore has seen explosive growth over the past several years. At the same time, climate change has nearly drained the city’s overstressed water resources.   In Wired, Samanth Subramanian reports on the “water mafia,” businesses that tap…

Rural Bangladesh faces a crisis as climate change threatens freshwater sources. The overwhelming burden is on women who are traditionally responsible for maintaining household supplies. They may walk an hour each way to stand in line for water, sometimes multiple times a…