‘My wife doesn’t shower any more’

'My wife doesn't shower any more'

Photo: People have been forced to queue for extra water to top up their rations in Cape Town, South Africa.

[Editors note: h2oIQ.org mostly focuses on USA and North America waters. This piece, we believe, is important in its own right, of course, but also as an exemplar. Will the future show us that Cape Town was just one canary in a very large mine? Or will the rains come, … [more…]

Oxygen Crisis in World’s Oceans

Oxygen Crisis in World's Oceans

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms.

To halt the decline, the world needs to rein in both climate change and nutrient pollution, an international … [more…]

The Year in Water, 2017

photo: water in small holding pond, in an arid landscape; The Year in Water, 2017

Two months ago, as winter in the Southern Hemisphere turned to spring, authorities in Cape Town grew nervous. After the driest three-year period on record the six main reservoirs that supply water to South Africa’s second-largest city were uncomfortably low. Winter rains, paltry as they were, had been no help, and the summer dry season was approaching.

To avoid draining the reservoirs, the city’s leaders needed to act. So in … [more…]

USA Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

U.S. Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

Report identifies water priorities in foreign policy.

Photo: A girl fills jars with water in Rajasthan, India. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

To coordinate its response to floods, droughts, disease, and other water challenges whose political and economic consequences leap borders the Trump administration submitted the federal government’s first global water strategy. Ordered by Congress in 2014, the strategy lays


Water warriors worldwide putting privatised water back in people’s hands

Water warriors worldwide putting water back in people's hands

Around the world, people are waking up to the threat of privatised water and are taking it back from the corporations to be recognised as a human right, not a privilege. In the UK, an overwhelming 80 percent of people now want British water back in public hands, too.

There has been a push to privatise water over recent decades. While big business considers it theirs to waste through intensive … [more…]