IRIN reports on new levels of water rationing in Yemeni cities.
“Water and sanitation companies in Yemen are adopting unprecedented water rationing in major cities”, reports IRIN in a recent article.
Price hikes, rising demand, and decreasing precipitation has brought the situation to a critical head. Estimates place Yemen’s water deficit at 1.28 billion m³.
The impact on local residents has been huge. One resident reports,
Our household has received no water for 21 days, so I turned to buying water from trucks… In the past month, I bought water four times, costing me YR10,000 [$50] – nearly one-third of my monthly salary.
Is this a sign of things to come in other parts of the arid world?