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Water

Water is life. It's briny broth of our origins, the pounding circulatory system of the world. We stake our civilizations on the coasts and mighty rivers. Our deepest dread is the threat of having too little or, too much.
- Barbara Kingsolver

As a chemical compound, nothing could be simpler than H2O: two atoms of hydrogen joined to one of oxygen. From a human point of view, simplicity fades. Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us. This "precarious molecular edge on which we survive", as Barbara Kingsolver says in this month's special issue, will only grow more precarious. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce.
- Editor's Note, National Geographic

The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed. The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. But will where be enough for a more crowded world?

  • Nearly 70 percent of the world's fresh water is locked in ice 
  • Most of the rest is in aquifers that we're draining much more quickly than the natural recharge rate 
  • Two-thirds of our water is used to grow food 
  • With 83 million more people on earth each year, water demand will keep going up unless we change how we use it 

Source: National Geographic


  • Water Footprint
    The water footprint is an indicator of water use that includes both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. It's defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed.
  • Think water conservation
    It is mind-boggling to see that half the total revenue in the water industry flows down the drain due to high non-revenue water (NRW). As it is just an estimated amount of loss, the outcome of the study clearly shows that our water industry is struggling to overcome the NRW issue, especially for those which have not migrated to the new licensing regime.
  • Bakun Dam
    The flooding of South-East Asia’s largest dam, the Bakun Dam, in Belaga district has begun. The impoundment of the 205m high dam, the second highest concrete-rock filled dam in the world, started before 8am yesterday and by 10am, the massive gates of the diversion tunnels were closed.
  • Bengoh Dam Ready For Impoundment
    Bengoh Dam project is a water supply regulating dam to provide raw water to Batu Kitang water treatment plant here and will be operational by early 2012.
  • Top Service Concern
    95% of Americans rate water as “extremely important”, more than any other service they receive including electricity and heat, and nearly two-thirds are willing to pay more to ensure long-term access to clean water.
  • Beach
    A PROPER association needs to be set up in Penang so that beach activities can be licensed and regulated just like what has been done in Pulau Langkawi and Pangkor.
  • Tap Water & Carcinogen
    A US environmental group has found that drinking water in 35 American cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen. Hexavalent chromium has long been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, and scientists recently found evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals when ingested.
  • Highway Sparks Water Worries 1
    THE proposed Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR) project, which has come under fire from environmental groups for cutting through the ecologically fragile Selangor State Park, could also impact the water supply in the state. A highway would Open The Door to huge amounts of pollutants to flow into the water catchment area.
  • Mini-hydro Plant
    Perak is set to have its first ever environment-friendly mini-hydro plant to generate electricity. Technology that uses streaming water current, which was in line with the state’s stance to support and adopt the National Green Technology Policy.
  • Mekong River
    Mekong River rises on the Tibetan Plateau as the Lancang and flows southwest through Yunnan Province. It flows southeast and forms the border of Burma and Laos. It also defines the Laos-Thailand border for some 850 kilometres. It crosses into Cambodia then enters Vietnam, where it divides into nine channels and forms the Mekong Delta. And finally flows into South China Sea.
  • Water Challenge
    March 22, is the 18th International World Water Day. This year’s theme, “Water for cities – responding to the urban challenge”, could not have been more timely in the context of how Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will come to grips with the challenge of urban water management due to increasing demand for safe and clean drinking water as a result of rapid growth in urban migration and population.
  • Looming Water Crisis
    Malaysia, with an annual rainfall of 300cm, should not have a problem with water. The fact that we may be facing a water shortage in the near future inspite of frequent floods in our cities during heavy deluge should provide the an idea of how we can utilise the water run-off.

 

 

 

  
 
 
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