The Zambian government sets aside increasingly larger amounts of money for water access and sanitation each year, but less than half of that money winds up being spent in that sector. Meanwhile, cholera, an illness often caused by dirty water, remains a daunting problem.
When water sources dried up for the village of Samzong, a village in Nepal’s rural Upper Mustang region, residents built 18 new homes in a new village, Namashung. But there’s no road between the two places, so cattle and valuable property remain in Samzong – and so do about half of the members of the village’s families.
Xochimilco residents say it was suspicious when Mexico City authorities rolled out and then canceled a controversial plan for water construction. After last year’s earthquake disrupted some water services in the Xochimilco area, residents are repeating their claim that the city is diverting their well water to more central parts of the capital.
Three sinkholes in a small community in Mexico City have led geologists and locals to debate and investigate the town’s water use. Geologists warn of dire consequences if the problem isn’t addressed, but others are reluctant to link the sinkholes with water use at all.
Running water is not a given in Coyoacán, an area of Mexico City where politicians are accused of manipulating water supplies to keep the support of local residents. But recently, the citizens of Coyoacán banded together to fight for their right to a regular supply of water.
A growing number of Mexico City residents say the only homes they can afford are in illegal settlements, where basic amenities, including running water, don't exist. Many settlements use makeshift systems of tubes to connect to wells. Meanwhile, affordable housing advocates say the government needs to provide water to people, even if they live illegally in conservation areas.
The Matanza-Riachuelo river basin is a source of water for millions of Argentines, but it’s also among the most polluted in the world. Scientists in Buenos Aires are hoping to clean up the water by harnessing an unlikely source – organic waste.