28 Feb '18, 3pm

via @EnvDefenseFund

In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water crisis has been making headlines worldwide, nobody’s talking about the connection between water and energy. In a rapidly changing climate, we should. Cape Town may be the first major city staring down a water scarcity crisis, but it’s not alone. One-quarter of the world’s large cities, including at least two in the United States, are “water-stressed,” a 2014 study found . As it turns out, many of them also happen to rely on the world’s thirstiest energy source: coal. 23,000 gallons of water a month to power a single home In the symbiotic relationship known as the energy-water nexus , we use power to treat and distribute water, while water is used to process and deliver power. This is why our energy choices directly affe...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/02/28/energy-reality-behind...

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