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Lake Malawi - Lilongwe Pipeline - No Feasibility Study Yet

LILONGWE, Malawi
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Fighting Puts Syria IS-Held Dam at 'Risk of Collapse'

RAQQA

Fighting at a dam in Syria held by the Islamic State group has put the water barrier at risk of a catastrophic collapse, a technical source said. The ongoing clashes at Tabqa dam have damaged its power station, forcing a halt to operations on Sunday, risking dangerous rising water levels.

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No Feasibility Study Yet for Lake Malawi to Lilongwe Pipeline

LILONGWE

There has been no feasibility study yet for the construction of water pipeline from Salima to Lilongwe to tap water from Lake Malawi, Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) who owns the contract has confirmed.

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New Zealand: Anger as Lakes Tapped for Bottled Water

LONDON

A plan to extract millions of litres of water out of a Unesco world heritage site, send it by pipe to the coast and ship it to foreign markets for bottling has ignited a campaign over water resources in New Zealand.

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IAEA Highlights Importance of Fresh Water Conservation

VIENNA

The theme of World Water Day 2017 —Why waste water? —highlights the importance of conserving our limited freshwater resources. As more of the world’s population moves to urban areas, water conservation and reuse are ever more critical as part of efforts to provide adequate water and sanitation for all.

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New Zealand Minister Challenged to Fight Over Dirty Water

CHRISTCHURCH

A conservation trust manager angry at Environment Minister Nick Smith's swimmable river stance has challenged him to a boxing match - with the loser to "frolic" in one of Christchurch's most polluted swimming holes. Greg Byrnes posted a classified advert on Wednesday challenging Dr Smith to a "Queensbury Rules fist fight".

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Karnataka: No Cauvery Water for Tamil Nadu

BENGALURU

The government in Karnataka on Friday said there was no question of releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu in line with the Supreme Court’s directive as the state itself was facing a shortage of drinking water. “There is no water for drinking purposes. If we had water we could have released. We have 3-4 tmc ft shortage to provide drinking water to Bengaluru, Mysuru and surrounding villages.

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India Rigid on Indus Treaty, but Pushes for Teesta Deal

NEW DELHI

This week, India demonstrated two very different approaches towards sharing water resources with its neighbours. Pakistan will have to live with the fact that India plans to continue utilisation of its allocation under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), as it refused to countenance any change of design of the Miyar dam in J&K.

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Teesta: Mamata ‘Unconvinced’

KOLKATA

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina scheduled to be in India from April 7 to 10, the Centre has said that all stakeholders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will be taken “on board” before going ahead with a Teesta water sharing pact.

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Thames Water Fined £20m for Sewage Spill

LONDON

Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping 1.9 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames. The company admitted water pollution and other offences at sewage facilities in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire following spills in 2013 and 2014. The £20.3m fine is the largest penalty handed down to a water utility for an environmental disaster.

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Hong Kong Management and Conservation Report to be Released Later This Year

HONG KONG

The long-awaited results of a review into the city’s water management and conservation strategy should be released in the second half of the year. The Water Supplies Department said it would then discuss the results with advisory bodies, green groups, professionals and academics.

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Manila Water and Mitsubishi to Undertake Major Yangon Project

MANILA

Manila Water Company Inc. and partner Mitsubishi Corp. are eyeing a large-scale project that would help reduce non-revenue water in Yangon, Myanmar. In a statement, Manila Water said it was expecting to submit jointly with Mitsubishi a proposal for the project, following a pilot showcase.

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App Will Reveal Hong Kong Water Usage

HONG KONG

Direct water usage in Hong Kong has risen 17 per cent per person over the past two decades, but resource management experts warn the impact of the city’s indirect consumption is far greater.

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Gold Coast Desal Plant Ramps Up Production

IPSWICH QLD

The Gold Coast Desalination Plant is ramping up its water production once again while the Mudgeeraba treatment plant is offline. The traditional water treatment facility will be temporarily offline while critical infrastructure maintenance is performed.

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Non-Rainfall Water in Namib Desert Has Unexpected Origins

INDIANAPOLIS IN

In a study conducted in one of the world's oldest and most biologically diverse deserts, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scientists explore the origins of water other than rainfall and are identifying multiple origins.

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