H2OFAIL Investigation

In 2010, the United Nations declared access to clean water to be a universal right that is essential to the enjoyment of all other rights. But a decade later, close to 1 billion people do not have that access. We have launched an ongoing investigation into the causes and consequences of that global failure.

Published Reports

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

Without global action, Las Vegas will experience 71 days above 100 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. The impacts of such climate change are twofold, as less water comes down the Colorado River, and residents use more water in the heat.

Big business guzzled water as Cape Town’s dam levels plummeted

Years after the threat of Day Zero, it turns out that while households were blamed for over-excessive water use, big industrial users were given little more than a slap on the wrist for their significant water consumption

Falémé: Tales of a silent death

Pollution due to dredging, environmental degradation caused by gold mining, and fishing activities that led to the disappearance of marine resources: this list of damage to the Falémé – the main tributary of the Senegal River – is not exhaustive.

Principal affluent du fleuve Sénégal, la Falémé agonise

La Falémé qui apporte à elle seule 25 % de l’eau du fleuve Sénégal risque d’être rayée de la carte hydrologique si des mesures ne sont pas prises pour la sauver. Agressée de toutes parts par un orpaillage sauvage à l’aide d’engins de dragage et de produits chimiques aux effets dévastateurs, la rivière qui sert aussi de frontière naturelle entre le Sénégal et le Mali est au bord de la catastrophe écologique.

Falémé : chronique d’une mort silencieuse

Une pollution imputable au dragage des eaux ; un scandale environnemental dû à l’orpaillage ; des activités de pêche qui entraîne la disparition des ressources halieutiques. La liste des dommages causés à la Falémé – affluent principal du fleuve Sénégal – n’est pas exhaustive.

When death is just a sip away

Residents of Harare’s townships risk contracting deadly diseases due to dirty water

Dying for a drop

The residents of Namibia’s Amarika reflect on the dangerous lengths they are forced to go to, simply to collect water from the village’s wells.

Coca-Cola and Cape Town’s sweetheart Day Zero deal

An investigation over several months has revealed how Coca-Cola ignored water-saving regulations amid a countrywide shortage and how the City of Cape Town failed to take any action.

Flint’s Water Crisis Spurs Other Cities To Remove Lead Pipes

Some cash-strapped Midwest cities are removing aging lead water pipes. Chicago, which has the largest inventory of lead pipes, hasn’t tackled the problem. What can it learn from the cities that have?

Abuja grannies walking extra miles for water

Adie Vanessa Offiong investigates the difficulties of water access in the lives of three elderly women, among the marginalized group in the discourse on women and water inequality.