20 million then, 80 million nowadays, 150 million in the near future. Egypt’s population is exploding. All these people have to share the same amount of water, that mainly comes from Egypt’s lifeline the Nile. According to a recent study, Egypt’s demand for water will exceed the supply in 2017. How to avoid such a situation? Will there be enough water for all?
The setting sun paints the sky over Tonle Sap Lake lavender when fisherwoman Mrs. Samnang (32) pulls her net into her small boat with the help of her two children. Metal spray cans of RAID insecticide that they use to keep the net affloat bang against the boat. The catch is poor. “Nowadays we only catch small fish. All the big fish are gone,” she comments with a sad smile on her face. When asked for the reason, she just stares and says: “They say the Chinese have built dams in the river.”
Cairo, March 16th, 2011 – I just arrived in Cairo, this massive city on the longest river in the world: the Nile, with a length of 6700 kilometres. During my flights from Berlin to Istanbul and then onwards to Cairo, I scanned through a great book: ‘When the rivers run dry’ by Fred Pearce. Just […]
“The problem is: there’s not enough water”
After a ten year drought in the American Southwest the water level in Lake Mead, the main water reservoir for cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, is at less than 50%. To guarantee water supply for Las Vegas, the South Nevada Water Authority is constructing a third, much deeper water intake in the lake.
“Water crisis? What water crisis? We have plenty of water”
Water Cop Kevin Perry of the South Nevada Water Authority on patrol early in the morning to track down water waste in Las Vegas.
In the last 100 years a lot has changed around the Colorado River. In most years all the water that flows through its bed is used. Not a drop reaches the Sea of Cortez. The consumption of this water happens mostly after Lake Powell.