South Africa’s ‘water access’ inequality

26 May 2013

Children collecting their daily water from a roadside seepage (Photo: Bill Harding)

Children collecting their family’s daily water from a roadside seepage (Photo: Bill Harding)

Although millions of Rands are blatantly and arrogantly wasted by public servants in South Africa, young children in the  north-eastern Free State have to spend a considerable portion of their day collecting water from seeps and springs, and then carting it long distances to their remote villages.  In many cases water is scooped endlessly from a trickle, using a jam tin.

Primary school children collecting water from a riverside pump.  (Photo: Bill Harding)

Primary school children collecting water from a riverside pump. (Photo: Bill Harding)

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

2 May 2013

Millbrook, NY – Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality. So reports a new Ecological Applications paper, which highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts. Read more »