FT series

Threat of water scarcity

Businesses are having to adapt to rising water costs around the world and rivalries mount over poorly managed supplies of a resource long considered to be free

The fight for ‘China’s sorrow’

Can Beijing prevent the Yellow River running dry, asks Lucy Hornby

C6AEKP Dried riverbed of Zayandeh river with Khaju Bridge in background, Isfahan Iran.

Iran: Dried out

Poor planning, populist policies and drought have contributed to a critical water shortage

A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014
©Bakas Algirdas

Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis

China, one of six nations sharing the Mekong, says its huge dams benefit the countries downstream. But it is bafflingly silent about strange, record-breaking changes that have been wreaking havoc on the river in recent months. Pilita Clark investigates

A world without water

In the first instalment of a series on the threat of water scarcity, Pilita Clark reveals the cost to companies

Drought drains critical US water supply

Researchers shocked by depletion of Colorado River Basin

Nestlé warns on water scarcity

Resource shortage ‘more urgent’ than global warming

Water shortage shuts Coke plant in India

Ambitious plans of multinationals under threat

Water shortages pose risk for companies

AT&T and Hershey say issue could reduce profitability

US shale under fire over thirst for water

Industry on collision course with homes, farms and businesses