By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 “Do not drink this water,” warned the signs taped to fountains and bathroom sinks in a small Ontario town. For thousands of people in the rural community 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto, the water they once used to brush their teeth, bathe their children and prepare their meals had become a hostile enemy. Jugs of clean water had to be delivered to a depot. Hospitals were overrun with new patients. Children were pulled out of school. Businesses closed. The tainted-water scandal in Walkerton in the spring of 2000 devastated the community, with thousands falling ill and seven people dying. It was one of the worst health epidemics in the province’s history. Nearly 19 years later, environmental advocates say Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is posing one of the greatest risks both the environment and public health have faced in decades. Article … [Read more...] about Tories’ Bill 66 would undermine clean-water protections that followed Walkerton tragedy, victims and advocates warn
INDIA: It was once known as the city of a thousand lakes. But it is now the city of burning lakes.Bengaluru, or Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the world’s biggest software companies – is where the lakes can catch fire because of untreated sewage and industrial effluents.Nearly 90 per cent of its lakes are dangerously polluted. And the biggest lake has become the city’s “largest septic tank”, a court-appointed committee concluded in June.This high-tech city, which has grown to more than 12 million inhabitants from three million in the 1980s, faces a Day Zero crisis – when its taps are turned off – in the not too distant future. It may even become uninhabitable.“Bangalore is now exploding because people think it's got a nice climate, there are a lot of opportunities and so on,” said Mr Ravi Narayanan, the chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the chairman of the Water Integrity Network.“But … [Read more...] about India’s parched earth: Too late to solve the worst water crisis in its history?
“If you love Shimla, please do not visit.” That is the message going viral on Indian social media ahead of the peak tourist season in the hill city, as its 170,000 residents grapple with a deepening water crisis. So serious is the threat that people in the state of Himachal Pradesh are calling Shimla the Cape Town of Hills, in reference to Zero Day in Cape Town, when the South African city’s water supply was expected to be exhausted. Cape Town eventually avoided that fate. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Having no water is a bad advertisement for a hill station that depends on tourists for most of its revenues. And with the peak holiday season just about to hit, the smart thing would have been to anticipate the problem and take pre-emptive action. But not in Shimla. It seems the city is not just facing a crisis of water supplies, but also one of governance and management that is linked to environmental … [Read more...] about Going with the flow: Policy gaps behind Shimla water crisis
April 22, Earth Day, might have a bit of extra significance this year. It might be the day that, for the first time, a great world city runs out of water. On that day, according to the local government of Cape Town, water in the reservoirs that feed this most beautiful of coastal cities will drop below critical levels, and stand at 13.5% of capacity. Taps will run dry in homes and businesses, and residents may have to start lining up "between metal fences, waiting to fill up containers from standpipes". In this Mad Max-style dystopia, they will then get a maximum of 25 litres per person, as the city government desperately tries to reduce water consumption to half of what it was just two years ago.The first things you see when you land at Cape Town's gleaming airport are signs imploring visitors to save water. You walk out through a disturbing bit of public art: 87 one-litre bottles hanging from the ceiling, a reminder nobody should use more than that amount per day. Just hours after I … [Read more...] about Cape Town may soon run out of water
A restaurant charged four tourists €1,100 ($1,350/£970) for a meal. The four Japanese students had four steaks, fried fish, and mineral water at Osteria da Luca. They paid the bill but complained to police in Bologna. Venice’s mayor pledged to look into the case. The mayor of Venice has pledged to intervene in a “shameful episode” in which four tourists said they were charged €1,100 ($1,350/£970) for four steaks, fried mixed fish, and mineral water at a local restaurant. The four Japanese men had been dining at Osteria da Luca near St Mark’s Square last Friday when they were presented with the massive bill, The Daily Telegraph reported. They paid, but complained about it to police upon returning to Bologna, where they were studying, the BBC reported. Venetian Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted on Sunday: “We will thoroughly examine this episode over the … [Read more...] about The mayor of Venice has intervened after 4 tourists were charged €1,100 for steak, fried fish, and mineral water