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Africa Is Running Out of Water

Enviroment

As water supplies in Ghana’s capital grew increasingly erratic, Beatrice Kabuki stopped customers from using her grocery store’s bathrooms and installed a plastic storage tank at her home.

“The taps flow once a week and usually at night, so we stay awake to fetch what we can store,” Kabuki, 35, said in an interview in Accra. “We mostly augment by buying water from tankers.”

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Beatrice Kabuki

Photographer: Ekow Dontoh/Bloomberg

Cities and towns in several other African nations including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast have been plagued by similar water shortages in recent months, manifestations of a global supply squeeze brought on by drought, population growth, urbanization and insufficient investment in dams and other infrastructure.

Water use has risen about 1 percent a year since the 1980s and more than 2 billion people now live in countries experiencing high water stress, the United Nations said in its World Water Development Report released in Geneva on Tuesday. It projects demand will grow as much as 30 percent by 2050.

“Stress levels will continue to increase as demand for water grows and the effects of climate change intensify,” the UN said in the report.

Population Surge

The number of people living in Africa could swell to 4.5 billion by 2100

Source: United Nations Population Division

Financing Gap

The scourge is set to become exponentially worse in Africa — the UN expects the population of the world’s poorest continent to almost double to 2.5 billion by 2050, and that 59 percent will reside in urban areas by then, up from 43 percent now. A massive increase in agricultural production will be required to feed everyone, compounding the pressures caused by surging household demand for water.

Even nations with plentiful water resources may be unable to build sufficient dams, pipelines, pumping stations and purification plants to ensure adequate supply.

A study published by the African Development Bank last year found the continent needs to spend at least $130 billion to address an infrastructure backlog, including as much as $66 billion on providing universal access to water and sanitation, but faces a financing gap of $68 billion to $108 billion.

Large up-front investments, short-term political considerations and government-borrowing constraints impede infrastructure construction, with the problem particularly acute in Africa, according to the Global Infrastructure Hub, which was set up by the Group of 20 developed nations to promote development. The benefits the projects deliver to society at large may also outstrip the returns operators earn on them, a likely deterrent to private investment, it said.

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Water Rationing

Crumbling infrastructure has compounded the effect of a crippling drought in cash-strapped Zimbabwe, resulting in water rationing in its two largest cities, Harare and Bulawayo. In Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, supply has been cut off on alternating days since January after dam levels fell to less than a quarter of their capacity.

Taps in Cape Town, South Africa’s tourist mecca, came close to running dry last year before good winter rains brought respite from the region’s worst drought on record. The nightmare of running out of water became a reality last year in Bouake, Ivory Coast’s second-largest city, when rains failed. The government was forced to use tankers to truck in emergency supplies, while thousands of people temporarily relocated.

Water shortages in Accra, which mostly gets regular rainfall, are mainly attributed to its inadequate and poorly maintained pipes, pumping stations and purification plants. About 4.9 million people live in the city and its surrounds, including the port city of Tema.

Two-Year Outage

Joyce Ayitey, 42, who sells plastic cups, tissues and sweets from a wooden stall in front of the home she shares with her husband and three daughters in Diabolo in the eastern part of city, has experienced the extremity of the problem. When her taps ran dry more than two years ago, the water utility company blamed road builders who destroyed its main pipelines and said the outage would be addressed within weeks, but nothing was done.

“We don’t have the money to buy bulk water from tankers so we walk almost every day to buy water and carry it on our heads for use,” she said. “The water fetching is so tiring. We always wish for rain so we can harvest every drop for storage. It gives us such huge respite.’’

Ghana Water Co., the state-owned utility, is aware that some Accra neighborhoods have erratic water supply or are struggling with low pressure, but faces an uphill battle to tackle the problems because new neighborhoods are being developed faster than it can provide the infrastructure, spokesman Stanley Martey said by phone.

Kabuki, the storekeeper, can no longer stomach being unable to flush her toilets when her stockpiled water runs out and has run out of patience with the authorities.

“You want to know how frustrating it is?” she asked. “It is very unpleasant and dehumanizing for me as a woman. I am actually planning to relocate to a house with a guaranteed water supply.”

Bloomberg



25 Comments on "Africa Is Running Out of Water"

  1. Gaia on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 12:57 pm 

    Water must be protected at all costs. Our bodies are made up of 75% water. Remember the survival rule of thumb, we can only go without water for 3 or 4 days.

  2. Gaia on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 1:11 pm 

    Here’s a link for anyone interested in reading:

    circleofblue.org

  3. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 1:40 am 

    They should substitute bottled water.

    And the empty bottles could be piled up
    into big heaps, and set on fire.

  4. Sum on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 3:32 am 

    Dearest Readers and Commentators:

    I must return from self-imposed exile to defend my dear friend and most esteemed colleague, Mr. Davy.

    I am mystified and dismayed by the unprovoked and withering assaults on Mr. Davy. I believe the cause of this bellicosity is due to other posters harboring feelings of inadequacy and jealousy.

    Mr. Davy, rest assured my dear friend, you posses the overwhelming support of the silent majority. Never ever surrender to the forces of JuanP, Clogged, Mitch, Truth Buster, Boney Joe, The Truth Shall Set You Free, Hello, MOB, Anonymouse, MadKat, and all other reactionary forces.

    Although a very crazy man, fmr-paultard is friend.

    Happy days shall arrive when these reactionary forces are purged from this site.

  5. JuanO the whiner's sock on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 5:28 am 

    Sum on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 3:32 am

  6. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 5:35 am 

    JuanO the whiner’s sock on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 5:28 am

  7. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 5:36 am 

    Sum on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 3:32 am

  8. Sissyfuss on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 8:36 am 

    Had a possibly strange thought; with water an indestructible element on the planet where none is lost or newly created and the warmer atmosphere having an increased by 8% moisture level and 75% water humans increasing by 83 million yearly, then there is much less water available in the planetary system. Just a random brain dropping from the rock roller.

  9. Robert Inget on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 10:43 am 

    On most dryish Central American, Mexican, homes businesses, sit roof-top water tanks with valves always open collecting ‘city water’ when it gets turned on. (float valves stop flows when tanks filled)

    This article is clearly dated, but true enough.
    NGO’s trained to deal with drought.
    NOW are faced with one of the worst enviro disasters of this or any century.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/world/africa/mozambique-cyclone.html

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/flooding-cyclone-widespread-damage-southern-africa-190319113212666.html

    Flooding in America’s meat basket will have profound effects on former AGW deniers.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/midwestern-flooding-isnt-natural-disaster/585403/

  10. Robert Inget on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 10:53 am 

    Trump inspired FAA ‘collusion’ crashed those two
    Boeing MAX aircraft. At one point DJT appointed his private pilot to be FAA head. (Google it)
    Current ‘acting’ head worked for BA for 10 years.

    KEY POINTS
    Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

    The features could have helped the pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, the New York Times reports.

    Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, the paper said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/21/crashed-boeing-jets-lacked-key-safety-features-that-were-add-ons.html

    I posted this here because both crashes were
    on third world based Boeing aircraft.

  11. Davy on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 11:04 am 

    “Trump inspired FAA ‘collusion’ crashed those two Boeing MAX aircraft. At one point DJT appointed his private pilot to be FAA head. (Google it) Current ‘acting’ head worked for BA for 10 years.”

    What exactly did Trump have to do with it bobby? Trump inspired? How so? What a dumbshit spreading lies.

  12. Robert Inget on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 11:45 am 

    https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2019/03/21/historic-flooding/3231766002/

    Oh Davy, Not a single barrel of Venezuelan crude was imported last week (or this, I believe)

    I’m shocked you are still defending DJT, Davy.
    I thought you of all people would be the first to point out;
    cor·rup·tion
    [kəˈrəpSH(ə)n]
    NOUN
    dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.
    “the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places”
    synonyms:
    dishonesty · dishonest dealings · unscrupulousness · deceit · deception · [more]
    the action of making someone or something morally depraved or the state of being so.
    “the word “addict” conjures up evil and corruption”
    synonyms:
    sin · sinfulness · ungodliness · unrighteousness · profanity · [more]
    the process by which something, typically a word or expression, is changed from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased

  13. Davy on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 11:59 am 

    “I’m shocked you are still defending DJT, Davy.
    I thought you of all people would be the first to point out;
    cor·rup·tion”

    Bob, you are posting lies. This is nothing about defending trump. It is about a rabid extremist liberal lying becuse he hates Trump. The whole MAX certification process likely occurred on Obama’s watch. This planes take years to develops and certify.

  14. Davy on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:02 pm 

    “Oh Davy, Not a single barrel of Venezuelan crude was imported last week (or this, I believe)”

    WTF does that have to do with me? More Bobby lies I assume. Before you say what i said I want some documentation. I have no idea what is in your 80 year old senile mind.

  15. Davy on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:14 pm 

    Oops, sorry for losing my shit again everyone.

  16. JuanO the liar on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:20 pm 

    Who is bobby Davy?

  17. bobby the liar on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:27 pm 

    Who is JuanO Davy?

  18. JuanO nonsense on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:38 pm 

    Davy on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:14 pm

    Oops, sorry for losing my shit again everyone.
    JuanO the liar on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:20 pm

    Who is bobby Davy?
    bobby the liar on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:27 pm

    Who is JuanO Davy?

  19. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 1:57 pm 

    JuanO nonsense on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:38 pm

  20. More JuanO nonsense on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 2:18 pm 

    More Davy Sock Puppetry on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 1:57 pm

    JuanO nonsense on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:38 pm

  21. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 2:33 pm 

    More JuanO nonsense on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 2:18 pm

  22. DerHundistLos on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 6:46 pm 

    With 4.5 billion Africans, just imagine the consequences for the wildlife and environment.

    Already, much of Africa’s rainforests are gone. Example, in Nigeria, 97% of all original forest cover has been deforested.

    Venezuela and Nigeria are comparable in size, except Venezuela protects more than half the size of the country (53%). Those damn commies saving the world’s environment.

    In colonial times, large parts of Nigeria were declared protected areas. Today, close to zero.

    The US declared all countries have the right to self-determination. Look at the disaster results of this brilliant idea.

    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-with-highest-percentage-of-protected-reserve-lands.html

  23. makati1 on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 7:30 pm 

    Der, did you notice that Trump has opened up the US land to corporations, including off shore? It is only a matter of time until they look like West Virginia, decimated forests, leveled mountains and shrubland. Or, the Gulf of Mexico with its lwaking wells and chemical polluted water?

    “The Trump administration is opening millions of new acres to drilling — and that’s just the start” WaPo

    “Trump Pushes For Energy Independence, Opens 10 Millions Acres In Alaska For Drilling” NEE

    “Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling” NYT

    You are aware that almost all of the so called forest in the US has been cut over many times and is now mostly weed trees and shrubs? American hypocrisy in action!

    BTW: You did notice the word “could” in that number projection? 2100 is 80 years from now. Likely, there will be zero humans alive on planet Earth by then. Certainly not the billions claimed by everyone trying to sell something today. Pure scaremongering bullshit! Right now, there is very little drinkable water in the US that is not treated by chemicals and expensive systems. Not even wells in farm country are safe.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/14/63-million-americans-exposed-unsafe-drinking-water/564278001/
    https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/08/unsafe-levels-of-toxic-chemicals-found-in-drinking-water-of-33-states/

    Go to your local river and take a big glass full of water and drink it down. LOL

  24. DerHundistLos on Fri, 22nd Mar 2019 3:55 pm 

    Yes, Mak, sadly I’m aware of Trump’s actions. For Trump, the environment exists to be converted into money. Trump has no soul. He sold his to the devil years ago in exchange for money and power.

    The good news is when Trump dies, he’s destined straight for hell to spend eternity.

  25. makati1 on Fri, 22nd Mar 2019 5:22 pm 

    DEr, for a few people, I wish there was a hell for them to go to. Unfortunately, they will likely enjoy a long life here where they will live without even going to jail for their crimes. Look at Killry Clinton. Soros, Nutandyahoo, etc. All should be dead but…

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