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OOSKAnews Voices: Valuing Water as the Business Case for Stewardship


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.


Ransomware Used to Seize Control of Simulated Water Plant


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.


Ethiopia Dam Threatens Kenya Food Supplies


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.


Daesh Blocks Aleppo Drinking Water Access


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.


Historic Mexican Church Exposed


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.


Oglala Sioux Sue Army Corps of Engineers over Water Rights


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.


Actor Stabbed over Water Dispute


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.


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


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


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


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.


Saline Intrusion Hits Vatakara Potable Water Supply


Contaminated water continues to flow through the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) pipelines in Vadakara municipality. Though the KWA tried to fixed the problem by pumping water from the Peruvannamoozhi reservoir, residents have complained that the salinity of water has not come down, making it unfit for domestic use.


Decades-old Mexico-US Treaty Threatened Under Trump Administration


The United States’ relations with Mexico continues to sour as President Donald Trump pushes back on issues like immigration. However, for places like Texas, water also remains a point of contention for the two countries. "This is a bad deal for the United States,” said Texas Rep. Lyle Larson, of San Antonio, who also serves on the Southwestern States Water Commission.


Argentina’s Never-ending Environmental Disaster


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.


Scientists Study Himalayas Permafrost


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.


CH2M Hill to Design and Supervise Construction of Tuas Reclamation Plant


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.


Archbishop of Cape Town Describes Water "Inequality"


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.


Black Sea Turns Green Near 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.