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Africa’s Booming Cities Are Running Out of Water

  • Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast face supply squeeze
  • Globally 2 billion people live in water-stressed nations
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Drought, Population Boom Causing Severe Water Shortage in Africa
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As water supplies in Ghana’s capital grew increasingly erratic, Beatrice Kabuki stopped customers from using her grocery store’s bathrooms and installed a plastic storage tank at her home.

“The taps flow once a week and usually at night, so we stay awake to fetch what we can store,” Kabuki, 35, said in an interview in Accra. “We mostly augment by buying water from tankers.”