Drought in Brazil, polluted rivers in India and closed schools in the UK: the biggest water problems in today’s news

Every day, a quick Google search will show you that water troubles are worryingly abundant across the world. Here are some of the top stories on the web today.

There is perhaps no other resource in the world at once so valuable and so taken for granted as water”

Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, blogs for the Huffington Post UK on the importance of water.

“In Brazil’s biggest city, a record dry season and ever-increasing demand for water has led to a punishing drought.”

Wyre Davies, the BBC’s Rio de Janeiro correspondent, reports on the appalling drought affecting the city – despite the fact that Brazil produces an estimated 12% of the world’s fresh water.


“Middleton residents and businesses were left with no water or poor pressure … Most Middleton schools have closed for the day due to health and safety issues.”

Schools in Middleton, UK forced to close due to problems with local water pumps, reports the Manchester Evening News. When the water stops, everything stops.

Singh, whom doctors say will soon be blind, has always drunk ground water drawn from communal handpumps that experts say is highly toxic and responsible for maiming scores of residents young and old.”

Many rivers in India are so heavily polluted that they cause enormous health problems for those drinking nearby, reports the Daily Mail.

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“Nearly all the workers are devoted to a single, enormously distracting problem: coping with the vast amount of water that becomes contaminated after it is pumped into the reactors to keep the melted radioactive fuel inside from overheating.”

Attempts to continue with the vast cleanup of a tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant in Tokyo are being complicated by the issue of contaminated water, the Daily Mail reports.

Main image: Francisco Anzola at Flickr Creative Commons

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