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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

China water diversion starts to flow

Controversial $60bn project will irrigate the country’s arid north

Six solutions to a water shortage

The role of new technologies in easing chronic problems

Warning over threat to water security

New study shows fast-depleting groundwater supplies

Water: Thirst for life

In California farmers are pulling crops, residents are fearful and politicians looking for answers

Californian town runs out of water

East Porterville residents struggle with three-year drought

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

Drought drains critical US water supply

Researchers shocked by depletion of Colorado River Basin

A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014
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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