Africa’s Manmade Water Crisis

The imminent shutdown of Cape Town’s piped water network should serve as a wake-up call for all of Africa to overhaul urban water-management systems. Unfortunately, like Africa’s water resources themselves, Cape Town's crisis seems likely to be wasted.

Water Currents: Water Security

The U.S. government’s new Global Water Strategy sets water security as its overarching goal. The strategy envisions a water-secure world, where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient. In support of the strategy, USAID seeks to increase sustainable safe water and sanitation for the underserved, and emphasizes the need to strengthen governance and financing in the water sector.  

New Partnerships Find Water in a Drought

Northern Kenya has been an arid region for thousands of years. The people who live there have adapted to the conditions, traditionally relying on migrating with their herds of cattle, camels, and goats, but the droughts are becoming more intense. For three years, the rains have been poor, leaving grazing areas parched and killing livestock — as much as 80 percent of herds in some places. Residents are desperate for water, both for their animals and for themselves.

Bringing Water Where There is None

The remote residents of Egypt’s North Sinai Peninsula are members of several ancient Bedouin tribes, which for centuries moved across the desert searching for water. Now, thanks to a $50 million partnership between USAID and the Government of Egypt, the water will instead be coming to them.

For Clean Water, Villagers in Sri Lanka Look to an Ancient Solution to an Age-Old Problem

For nearly 30 years, communities in Alankerny in northern Sri Lanka suffered the consequences of conflict and displacement. In 2009, the conflict ended and communities in the region returned home to face a host of challenges, including the lack of clean water. Salinity of groundwater in this predominantly agro-based village is so high that it can neither be used for drinking nor for agriculture. The water problem has been exacerbated by extended droughts over the past several years.

Your Water, Your Choice

The short film "Your Water, Your Choice" aims to give audiences a better understanding of what climate impacts are to water, how it affects water security in the Philippines, and the need to take action. This educational and entertaining film promotes water conservation and water use efficiency. It shows specific and doable water efficiency actions that can be done at the local or household level, and the benefits that can be gained from doing so.

Safe Water and Resilience: Making Every Drop Count in the Philippines

Water security has been a growing concern for many cities in the Philippines.

Freshwater supplies are shrinking due to over-extraction, saltwater intrusion, forest degradation, and pollution. Costly leaks in distribution pipes, as well as excessive and wasteful use of water in many households, do not help to preserve this precious resource.

Reducing the Drip of Irrigation Energy Costs

Throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, fresh water is being consumed faster than it is being replenished. Irrigation accounts for most of this use. Unlike traditional flood-style or rain-fed irrigation, drip irrigation delivers controlled amounts of water directly to each plant through a series of tubes and emitters. This can reduce agricultural water consumption by 30 to 60 percent and increase crop yields by 20 to 50 percent, yet only 27 percent of the irrigated cropland in MENA countries uses the technology.

Toolkit for Climate-Resilient Water Utility Operations

This toolkit provides methodologies for a water utility to develop three documents that are essential to improve its climate resilience: a vulnerability assessment, a climate-resilient business plan, and an emergency response plan. These three documents and associated practices are interconnected and should be implemented holistically to achieve optimal climate resilience. These documents require regular updating and, in the case of the emergency response plan, strength testing through annual desktop exercises.

[OFDA] Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update FY 2016

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.