Climate change, human action and a growing population are increasing the chances of a global water crisis.
That’s what experts have long been warning about.
Over a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and the UN predicts, a global 40% water deficit by the year 2030.
South Africa’s Cape town for example could become the world’s first major city to run out of water.
Much of the city’s and the rest of the country’s water flows from neighbouring Lesotho and the next water crisis could be looming there.
South africa has been plagued by a prolonged drought for three years.
Another African country that is feeling the heat of water scarcity is Kenya.
Several towns across the country, including the capital Nairobi, are facing an acute water shortage.
Some of the residents in the towns have not received water through their taps for months, and resort to buying from vendors at high prices.
So, why haven’t governments done more to prevent this crisis?
Presenter: Peter Dobbie
Neil Armitage – Deputy Director of ‘Future Water’, a Research Institute at the University of Cape Town.
David Tickner – Chief Freshwater Adviser at the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Alex Awiti – Director of the East African Institute at the Aga Khan University.
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