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OOSKAnews Voices: Valuing Water as the Business Case for Stewardship

LANCASTER, PA

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this article, Ed Pinero states the business rationale for good water stewardship.

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Ransomware Used to Seize Control of Simulated Water Plant

ATLANTA, GA

Cyber security researchers at Georgia Tech University have created a new form of ransomware that can take over the controls of simulated water treatment plant, highlighting the vulnerabilities than can be found in industrial control systems.

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Ethiopia Dam Threatens Kenya Food Supplies

NAIROBI

Falling water levels in Lake Turkana due to development of dams in Ethiopia are threatening food supplies in a part of Kenya where drought is already causing hunger, the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch warned on Tuesday. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows a drop of about 1.5 metres in the lake’s water levels since January 2015.

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Daesh Blocks Aleppo Drinking Water Access

DAMASCUS

Daesh terrorist group militants again blocked access for Syrian Aleppo residents to drinking water from the Al-Khafsa water treatment facility, the province's governor, Hussein Diyab, said Wednesday.

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Historic Mexican Church Exposed

JALAPA

A 16th-century church in Oaxaca, Mexico, has resurfaced from a reservoir thanks to a severe drought. The church was first submerged when the dam was built in the 1960s. It has since then re-emerged partially every year, but it has been completely exposed this year after an extended drought.

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Oglala Sioux Sue Army Corps of Engineers over Water Rights

BISMARCK, ND

Fearing contamination of its drinking water, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has entered the legal fray against the Dakota Access pipeline. Attorneys working for the tribe filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S District Court in Washington calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of the controversial oil pipeline until an environmental impact statement is completed.

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Actor Stabbed over Water Dispute

BENGALURU

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on Wednesday at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort. The pond is one of the main water sources for the neighbours living around the resort and they objected to the cleaning.

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Morocco to Play Key Role in Africa’s Access to Water and Sanitation

SKHIRAT

Speaking at the opening of the African Water Association conference in Skhirat, the General Director of the Moroccan Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Ali Fassi Fihri, noted that this African Water Summit, one of the first inter-African meetings following the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), confirms Morocco’s commitment to strengthening South-South cooperation, parti

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Gujarat Farmers' Rally Turns Violent Over Tata's Nano Production

Ahmedabad

The industrial cluster around Tata Motors' Nano plant witnessed a major clash on Tuesday when a rally of farmers protesting against allocation of water to industries from a Narmada dam canal was dispersed by police using force.

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Argentina’s Never-ending Environmental Disaster

BUENOS AIRES

Is it possible to spend 5.2 billion dollars to clean up a river which is just 64-km-long and get practically no results? Argentina is showing that it is.

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Scientists Study Himalayas Permafrost

KATHMANDU

In the hottest-ever year of 2016, a team of top climatologists began research in the Indian Himalayas, one of the coldest regions in the world, believing it won't remain the same. Their aim was to map permafrost, the ground that remains below 0 degree Celsius for more than two consecutive years.

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CH2M Hill to Design and Supervise Construction of Tuas Reclamation Plant

SINGAPORE

PUB, the national water agency, has appointed CH2M Hill Singapore Pte Ltd as the Detailed Design Consultant for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), a key component of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. Over the next two years, the firm will develop the detailed design of Tuas WRP and subsequently supervise the construction and commissioning of the plant.

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Archbishop of Cape Town Describes Water "Inequality"

LONDON

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has said the problem of water supply and sanitation illustrates why South Africa “is one of the most unequal countries in the world.” The Archbishop also described the problem of drought as one of the biggest risks facing South Africa’s businesses – causing food shortages, price increases and the loss of jobs for casual workers.

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Black Sea Turns Green Near Sevastopol

SEVASTOPOL

Residents of the city of Sevastopol said that the water in the Round Bay of the Black Sea turned green. The people promptly informed EMERCOM of the phenomenon. "In the waters of the Round Bay, an unknown substance colored the sea water lettuce-green. Water samples have been taken and sent for analysis," an official said.

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Uhuru Criticises Raila Over Itare Project

NAIROBI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised ODM leader Raila Odinga over his opposition to the multi-million-shilling Itare Dam Water Supply Project in Nakuru and said that it will go on as planned despite attempts to stop it.

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Tech Capital Looks Underground for Answers to Water Shortage

BENGALURU

This city of 11 million, formerly known as Bangalore, is home to India’s software giants and its startups, as well as multinationals such as Samsung, Oracle and Amazon. com. The growing tech sector symbolizes urban India’s upward mobility and economic vigor. But an existential threat hovers over all this new prosperity. Bengaluru is running out of water.

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