Officials in Cape Town, South Africa, say they could soon be the first major city to run out of water. Michael Tiboris, a global water fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, cites three main reasons for Cape Town’s crisis:
• Climate change: Most cities were built on sites where stable, expected water resources could be exploited. Climate change moves those resources away from those centers.
• Urbanization: Cape Town’s population has grown by 30 percent since 2000.
• Political: No one wants to be the one to demand people reduce water consumption or require that people pay more for water. It’s not going to make anyone popular with voters.
Here in the Midwest, another water controversy is spilling into the headlines: Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources says it will decide within 90 days whether to give Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer building a factory near Racine, permission to divert seven million gallons of water a day out of Lake Michigan. To view the full article visit Chicago Tonight.