Innovation, Infrastructure & Technology

Displaying 1 - 15 of 25
  • 19 Mar 2014- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent WARSAW, Poland The European Commission on March 12 announced a grant of some $280 million USD for a major water and wastewater management project in the Polish capital, Warsaw. The $560 million USD project to upgrade Warsaw's water management
  • St. Petersburg will increase the amount of wastewater it treats before release to 99.9 percent by 2018, St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko told a press conference last week.
  • The vodokanal (water company) in the Belarusian city of Grodno is preparing to start a $23.8 million USD investment program to modernize the local wastewater and sewage sludge treatment facilities, according to Irina Zenkevich, chief technician at the utility.
  • On November 12, a nickel mine in eastern Finland, near the Russian border, suffered a catastrophic leak of wastewater. Environmental group Greenpeace Finland believes that it could be the country’s worst ever industrial accident, with 5,600 cubic meters of contaminated water spilling out every hour at the height of the incident.
  • The city council of the Latvian capital, Riga, has announced a 10-year plan for reconstruction of the city’s water assets, with a preliminary budget of $350 million USD. The project will see total renovation of fresh and wastewater treatment in the city and surrounding areas, plus new pipeline networks installed.
  • The latest meeting of the Baltic states’ water utility companies, held in Latvia this month, focused on management of wastewater, improving treatment processes to protect the fragile local environment and the ability of companies to ensure that customers pay for the sewage services they use. The biggest issue of the meeting, however, may have been one that was not directly addressed by the delegates. Commentators in Riga are suggesting that cooperation between companies in the three Baltic states-- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia-- will continue to the point where the water and sewage services for the three countries are united, presenting greater opportunities for economies of scale and the spread of best practices.
  • The head of the northwestern Russian branch of Greenpeace, Dmitry Artamonov, used a television interview this month to slam the recent positive analysis of the region’s environmental health and water supply by members of the local government and water utility.
  • 15 May 2012- 15:35 by OOSKAnews Correspondent nairoBi, Kenya Countries that have adopted internationally-agreed approaches to integrated water resources management (IWRM) in many cases enjoyed significant benefits, particularly in potable water access, health and water efficiency in agriculture,
  • The struggle to improve water quality in St. Petersburg has moved out of the city and into the wider Leningrad Region, where much of the pollution of the Neva River now takes place. Authorities also aim to reduce Russian pollution of the Baltic Sea due to international pressure.
  • 14 Mar 2012- 13:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TALLINN, Estonia Viimsi municipality on the Baltic Sea in northwestern Estonia inaugurated a new drinking water plant in late February that will supply some 15,000 residents in the area. The $4.4 million USD project was largely financed by the European
  • 19 Oct 2011- 09:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Russia, VELIKY NOVGOROD The Russian city of Veliky Novgorod has secured funding for the large-scale reconstruction of its sewage network and treatment centers from two Scandinavian investment and environmental agencies. The Nordic Investment Bank will
  • 5 Oct 2011- 09:24 by Local Press Report TALLINN Estonian Public Broadcasting The 2012 state budget for Estonia includes some $535 million USD for the environment. Environment Minister Keit Pentus said over $120 million USD would be invested in various water projects next year, including projects
  • 13 Jul 2011- 09:40 by OOSKAnews Correspondent WARSAW, Poland Sewerage in Pyrzyce and Świnoujscie will be upgraded thanks to EU subsidies from the Infrastructure and Environment fund.  The projects will cost a total of some $7.8 million USD, of which the EU is covering more than half.  The
  • 2 Feb 2011- 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Russia, ST. PETERSBURG The branch of environmental pressure group Greenpeace based in St. Petersburg, Russia, has successfully taken a persistent river polluter to court, with bailiffs now appointed to enforce the decision and end the pollution. The
  • 25 Jan 2011- 19:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Russia, KALININGRAD  On January 16, 2011, a water purification and iron removal station started operations in the settlement of Ckalovske, in Russia’s western Kaliningrad enclave.  Construction of the station was financed by Kaliningrad Municipality,