In May 2014 this database about Water and Africa was started and then contained over 1700 citations from 1867 onward. Water is one of most important subjects in the world since all life, whether human, animal or plant life, depends on water. Large parts of the world face problems with water each day, too little water (droughts), too much water (floods), and bad quality water (pollution). So much so that the 21st century can easily become known in history as the Water Century. For a glimpse of its urgency read this BBC news article about "Business finds new ways to save water for the future".
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