Water shortage ‘a global problem’

By Imogen Foulkes
BBC News, Geneva

Rich countries face increasing water shortages, a report by conservation organisation WWF warns.

 

A combination of climate change and poor resource management is leading to water shortages in even the most developed countries, it says.

It urges water conservation on a global scale and asks rich states to set an example by repairing ageing water infrastructure and tackling pollution.

The report was released in Geneva just ahead of World Water Week.

The WWF says economic wealth does not automatically mean plenty of water.Its report reveals that some of the world’s wealthiest cities – such as Houston or Sydney – are using more water than can be replenished.

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