Algeria Going the Way of the Gulf

18 Jun 2007 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
ALGIERS, Algeria

— Algeria is facing the curse of riches - rising income from petroleum brings an influx of people and industry needing water that the country lacks the capacity to deliver. What has become a way of life for the countries along the Persian Gulf is now making its way to the oil- and gas-producing countries of North Africa. Algeria's situation reached a crisis level in 2002, when drinking water was available one day out of every 18, and the shaky government found itself in the middle of a growing political storm that could threaten its future. By World Health Organization estimates, available drinking water could fall below 1,000 cubic meters per person per year by 2025...

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