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

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.

How to survive Chennai’s water crisis

In an open letter to the residents of Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, Ray Joseph shares water crisis strategies learned in Cape Town.