Scientists create water-repellent material; UK’s flood risk areas identified: today’s news round-up


“The surface could be used for everything from preventing ice from developing on airplane wings to creating self-cleaning toilets, the researchers say.”

Scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, have managed to create a material that completely shuns water, according to Live Science.

“Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World Economic Forum (WEF).”

A water crisis is deemed to be the biggest threat facing us in the next decade, reports SciDev.

“The most endangered areas by parliamentary constituency include Boston and Skegness, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Louth and Horncastle, Kingston upon Hull, Brigg and Goole, Sittingbourne and Sheppey on the east coast.”

The most flood-prone areas are revealed across the country, as reported by the Express.


Floods in Malawi; drought fears in NZ; Irish water problems: today’s water news round-up


‘Mother-of-three Eilish Doyle, whose home in the Sperrin Mountains was without water for six days, said it left her feeling as if she was in a “Third World country”.’

Up to 9,000 people are being forced to drink snow after disputes in Northern Ireland have left them without any running water, reports Sky News.

‘Gift of the Givers, an African nongovernmental organization specializing in disaster response, said Malawi was facing “probably the greatest flood disaster in the history of its existence.”‘

Tens of thousands of people in the southern tip of Malawi have been cut off by deadly floods, leaving them without food, clean water or access to health care, reports CNN.

‘Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is expected to visit the parched South Canterbury area in the next few weeks as concern mounts that it and some other regions may be heading for a serious drought.’


New Zealand’s South Island is experiencing worryingly dry weather, writes Radio NZ.

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Bill Gates drinks water made from faeces; Michigan water crisis; milk more expensive than water in UK: today’s water news round-up


“New research shows how, based on price per litre across the big four supermarkets, fresh own-label milk sold in four-pint bottles has become cheaper than the average price of larger packs and multipacks of bottled water.”

According to the Telegraph, fiercely competitive supermarkets have driven down the prices.

“Residents have been complaining about the color, smell and taste of Flint water and several boil water advisories have been issued starting in the summer months due to the presence of coliform bacteria in the tap water.”

World Socialist Website reports on the rising fears that the water supply is becoming undrinkable in Michigan, USA.

“The Microsoft founder said he wanted to begin sending processing plants around the world after tests later this year.”

A video has emerged of Bill Gates drinking a glass of water made from processed human waste to showcase new water technology, writes the BBC.


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Solutions to the water crisis; Britain’s white Christmas likelihood: today’s water news round-up


“It’s estimated that we use 9tn cubic metres of water every year. As the global population grows, it is becoming an increasingly precious resource, with millions forced to walk for more than a mile to collect their daily supply. We investigate the innovative technologies that will help tackle our water crisis in future.”


The Guardian examines some of the technologies of the future which may help to ease the world’s water crisis. The only thing missing? Desolenator!

“Water regulator Ofwat has outlined the charging limits for Britain’s 18 water firms. This sets out how much they can charge for water supply over the next five years. After years of escalating prices, millions of homes are set to enjoy stable or falling bills.”

The Telegraph outlines details of the new limits in a handy Q&A.

“Weather experts are speculating that icy conditions will be similar to the Big Freeze of 2010 and even as bad as the infamous winter of 1963.”

The Lincolnshire Echo discusses the likelihood of a white Christmas in Britain this year.

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