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Paige Fusco

Graphic Truth: When it comes to freshwater, Canada is king

Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, but good ol’ H2O is a much more precious resource than it appears.

Less than 0.8% of Earth’s water is freshwater in lakes, rivers, or underground aquifers. And much of that already tiny fraction has been rendered unusable by pollution or is lost to poor management and inefficient agricultural practices. What’s worse, climate change and overexploitation of existing water resources mean that communities from California to Cambodia are struggling to provide safe water at an affordable price.

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A woman drinks water in El Crucero town, Nicaragua.

REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Hard Numbers: Water woes, COVID fatigue in Hong Kong, Ukrainians come and go, Beckham’s Instagram followers visit Kharkiv, Russian death toll

2.2 billion: Three decades since the UN declared March 22 World Water Day to raise awareness about conservation efforts and the need for access to clean water, 2.2 billion people — almost a third of the global population — lack access to safe drinking water.

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Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

December 14, 2020 6:49 AM

The Mekong Dam Monitor, part-funded by the State Department, uses data from cloud-piercing satellites to track levels of dams in China and other countries.

Indonesia's anti-graft body arrests ex-audit agency chief in bribery probe

December 04, 2020 4:15 PM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained former commissioner of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), Rizal Djalil, for alleged bribery in relation to a potable water treatment system project.

Water cuts in Selangor to over 1m accounts as plants shut down due to contamination again

October 19, 2020 9:55 AM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Yet another suspected contamination in Sungai Selangor has forced water supplier Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) to issue a stop-work order on its Phase 1,2,3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants causing unscheduled water cuts to 1,196,457 accounts in the state.

Water supply fully restored to Putrajaya, parts of Selangor after six days

October 09, 2020 2:33 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Water supply has been restored fully on Friday morning (Oct 9) to four Selangor districts and the federal territory of Putrajaya, water company Pengurusan Air Selangor in a statement.

Residents vent anger as water supply disruption in Malaysia's Klang Valley enters third day

October 06, 2020 3:15 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Residents of Malaysia's Klang Valley affected by the latest water-supply disruption want the authorities to be more prepared to prevent such problems from recurring.

Four nabbed after water pollution leads to supply cut in Selangor and KL

September 06, 2020 5:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian authorities yesterday remanded for six days four factory managers who are suspected of involvement in a water pollution case that caused the water supply to be cut for millions of people in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

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