Water News – the latest from Al Jazeera

Europe

Water: Human right or a commodity for the EU?

Water is the most important issue of our time, and also an issue of democracy, says Avgeropoulos.

Europe's water lobby: Q&A with filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos

India

India faces 'worst-ever' water crisis: report

Alarming study finds about 600 million Indians are facing high to extreme stress over clean water access.

India faces 'worst-ever' water crisis: report

Opinion

Who owns America's water?

Not you. Not if you're an average American citizen.

Gina Benevento

by Gina Benevento

Gina Benevento

Middle East

Declining levels in Iraq's Tigris raise fear of water crisis

Iraqis blame their government over water shortages, and Turkey decides to delay filling upstream Ilisu Dam.

Declining levels in Iraq's Tigris raise fear of water crisis

India

Heat wave in India worsens water shortages

Water tankers are being used across northern India, but low water rations are increasing the risk of waterborne illness, particularly for children.

Special series

Ocean's Monopoly: How Nations Use Science to Conquer the Sea

A look into the complex world of ocean bed ownership and how nations are vying for their own piece of the puzzle.

Inside Story

What's causing water shortages?

Many parts of the world are drying up at an alarming rate.

Water

Los Angeles looks for ways to solve water dilemma

LA gets its water from the San Joaquin river delta, the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Hoover Dam, but all three sources are in decline.

Palestine

Israel control of Palestinian water supply hits farmers

Between illegal settlements, military encroachments and a rigged project approval process, Israel is crushing Palestinian agriculture by denying access to water and things are getting worse.

Africa

Nigeria: Shrinking Goronyo dam threatens livelihood of millions

In the past year, water levels have dropped to just 10 percent of its capacity, forcing authorities to ration water to homes.

Special series

Up to the Last Drop: The Secret Water War in Europe

Is water a commodity or a human right? Cities across Europe are fighting water privatisation.

Libya

Libyans forced to dig for water in backyards

Libya is said to have one of the largest irrigation projects in the world. About 3,000km of an underground pipeline system carrying fossil freshwater is meant to supply water to millions. But many cities are still running dry.

Australia

Why are people concerned about Sydney's water?

Coal mining under the reservoirs of Australia's most populous city may be starting to affect the water.

Malaysia

Asia Pacific: Agriculture, population growth spike water needs

In 30 years or so, 3.4 billion people in the region are expected to be living in water-scarce areas – with climate change exacerbating the problem.

Pakistan

Pakistan urged to avert disastrous water crisis

Millions are already feeling the effects of water shortages because of what critics say is poor planning and uncontrolled urbanisation.