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Finding Dirty Water

17 January 2013 | Any number of pollutants can get into drinking water, from arsenic, to sewage, and even petroleum. Polluted drinking water can devastate a population’s health and even the national economy. The IAEA’s scientists help governments around the world figure out where the pollution stems from, how to get rid of it, and how to prevent future problems. More →

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Water of Hope, 17 January 2014:
The Sahel region of Africa suffers from droughts and severe water shortages. The IAEA, using nuclear techniques, will map the aquifers in the region for better management of the resources.

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Sharing the Water Wealth, 22 November 2013:
Chad, Egypt, Sudan and Libya share the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer and have agreed on a UN backed plan to optimize the use of their underground aquifer system and improve their management of water resources.

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Director General Interview on Water, 25 August 2011:

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Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques
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Protecting the Seas from An Invisible Killer: HABS, Also Known As Red Tides
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More Crop Per Drop: Drip Irrigation Technique
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Assessing Water Availability, 22 March 2012:

Governments often struggle to find solutions to water shortage issues. As such, the IAEA is one of the agencies they reach out to, to help them solve their problems by finding more water and managing their existing resources more effectively. One of the ways the Agency does this is through the IAEA Water Availability Enhancement Project (IWAVE).

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On the Watch for a Silent Killer in El Salvador, 7 October 2011:

"Red tides" occur when algal populations "bloom" or explode. The algae release toxins that can taint seafood and poison consumers, and the local community. In El Salvador, the IAEA helps scientists at the University of El Salvador's Marine Toxins Laboratory set up an early warning system to detect toxins in microalgae and seafood.

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No Rain, No Food - Using Nuclear Techniques in Rain-fed Agriculture, 21 September 2011:

Access to sufficient water supplies is essential for successful and sustainable farming. Without water, crops die, farmers lose their income and people go hungry. Agriculture that depends upon rainwater represents about 80% of the total area under cultivation and produces the majority, or about 60%, of global food. The IAEA's Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section is using nuclear and nuclear related techniques to help farmers in the developing world to conserve water and cope better under dry conditions.

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More Crop Per Drop - Coping With Water Scarcity in Kenya, 21 September 2011:

Agriculture is the largest global consumer of water - accounting for around 70% of the freshwater drawn from lakes, waterways and aquifers around the world. The IAEA is operating projects in Kenya that use nuclear and isotopic techniques to inform farmers how to use their scarce water resources efficiently for both rain fed and irrigated agriculture. One project is supporting the use of "drip irrigation", a cost-effective technique that can reduce water use by 50%, compared to other forms of irrigation.

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Four African Nations Agree to Water Management Programme
18 September 2013 | Seeking to improve their management of water resources, four northeast African nations agreed at the IAEA to establish a long-term framework for utlizing a key underground water system. Press Release →

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