By Marica Micallef
In Jackson Mississippi, tens of thousands of residents went for two to three weeks without water had their water restored in most cases but in videos that have gone viral online, the water coming out of their taps is brown. Meanwhile, the capital city remains under a boil water notice. Apparently, this latest water crisis has stemmed from a flooded water treatment plant but has been decades in the making as residents look for solutions. The Mississippi’s Republican governor Tate Reeves said that “privatisation is on the table” but privatizing Jackson’s water system may be part of what led to the crisis.
In Western Iran, a demonstration broke out in Hamadan against a serious of shortage of water, where during a week, 600,000 residents of the city suffered from water shortages. The water crisis in Iran continues to worsen and is spreading from province to province.
In Tripoli, Lebanon, protesters tried to storm the Deir Ammar power station against the electricity shortage caused by the severe shortage of fuel and which lead to water cuts for the population.
The Indian state of Rajasthan suffered from a shortage of drinking water due to the heat. Due to the shortage, residents had to rely on groundwater, often polluted. While villagers walked around to pump out water manually, city residents gathered around trucks distributing water.
It is estimated that more than 40% of the Indian population will not have access to drinking water by 2030. Is this reminiscent of another statement by the WEF?
A sever drinking water crisis is also rapidly spreading throughout the Gajapati district and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh since the Mahendratanya river is completely dry. This water crisis has caused a severe crisis in the farming sector too, destroying thousands of hectares of vegetables. Because there is so little water, the company in charge of drinking water supply had to dredge the river bed in order to channel water to the mouth of the suction pipes.