Taking matters into their own hands

Widespread water and sanitation failures prompt citizen groups to approach the courts​


‘The water is not good at all’

How Emalahleni’s contaminated water harms its most vulnerable residents​


Communities turned into sewage swamps​

South Africa’s waste water crisis is making life unbearable for its residents​


Living in a ‘critical state’

The price of a South African town’s dirty water


A tsunami of human waste

Rivers and water bodies across South Africa have become too polluted for use, and the government is doing an increasingly poor job of addressing the situation.


Child diarrhea cases surge as sewage runs on Cape Town streets

Like clockwork, diarrhea among children spikes sharply during Cape Town’s long summer. The city tends to blame the heat and people’s poor hygiene practices, but its own sewage infrastructure may be the real culprit.


An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria’s farmer-herder crisis

How climate change and human activity are driving violence between farming and pastoralist communities.

‘Like a demon that’s always behind us’, the Jackpile Mine toxic legacy continues

New Mexico’s Jackpile Mine, which contains waste that will remain toxic for thousands of years, has joined a list of the U.S.’s most heavily polluted places. New Mexico In Depth reports about how to protect residents against the danger of a former mining site.

This Central Valley Town Has a Carcinogen in its Water. Why Are Solutions So Slow?

In Fuller Acres, California, community members and advocates say water officials should be doing more to warn people about the presence of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, a highly carcinogenic chemical found in the water at levels above the legal limit.

Who should pay to fix California’s sunken canals?

Agribusiness and its proponents say repairs will benefit disadvantaged towns. Those residents disagree.