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$35 Million USD For Water Improvement in Western Province

LUSAKA, Zambia

The Zambia government has secured more than 38 million United States dollars for the construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation facilities in 16 districts in Western province. Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary Ed Chomba says the project, being funded by the African Development Bank and OPEC funds for international development will

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Supreme Court Will Decide on Florida-Georgia Water Rights Dispute

TAMPA, Florida

In a case docketed as Florida v. Georgia, the US Supreme Court will decide whether the state of Georgia has violated water access rights flowing from two rivers in Georgia in the Apalachicola River that empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Coca-Cola Returned 1.75 Billion Gallons of Water to MENA Nature and Communities in 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

The Coca-Cola Company has revealed that it has returned 1.75 billion litres of water to nature and communities across the Middle East North Africa (Mena) region in 2017. Coca Cola’s Replenish goal seeks to replenish, or return through water access, productive use and conservation activities, 100 per cent of the water Coca-Cola uses in its global sales volume by 2020.

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Call For More Proactive Diplomacy in Mekong Disputes

HONG KONG, China

The Lancang-Mekong agreement stipulates that parties should refrain from unilateral activities which imperil the rights and developmental interests of neighbours and undermine the area’s ecological sustainability. The mechanism, which involves China and Southeast Asian littoral states, is a step in the right direction.

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EU Support For Albania Water Infrastructure Exceeds 110 Million EUR in Last Decade

TIRANA, Albania

European Union grant support to the water supply and sewerage sector in Albania has exceeded 110M.EUR in the last decade, of which about 80% for waste-water collection and treatment in the Albanian coastal regions.

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Urban Water Crises Offer Opportunities For Maritime Transport Sector

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Two metropolitan regions in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing drought and facing severe water shortages. The cities are Sao Paulo, Brazil and Cape Town, South Africa, and the maritime sector offers several options for providing potable water to such cities.

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Calls For Probe of EU-Funded Mubi Project

ABUJA, Nigeria

Alhaji Abdulrahman Abubakar, member representing Mubi South Constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly, has called for the probe of the multi-million Naira European Union (EU) assisted Water Project in Mubi South Local Government. He said that the probe became necessary following the sudden change of plan regarding the project after the state  government paid N398 million counterpart fund. “A fe

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Minister's Expletive Exacerbates Karnataka-Goa Diversion Dispute

PANAJI, India

Using an expletive for the people of Karnataka, Goa Water Minister Vinod Palienkar on Saturday accused the neighbouring state of stopping the flow of water in Mahadeyi river, which comes to Goa, and diverting it towards Karnataka. The minister aid he took a police cordon with him for a site inspection in Karnataks. “They are harami people. They can do anything,” he added.

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More Protests Against Liverpool FC's Sponsorship Deal With Tibet Water

Liverpool, UK

Campaigners against Liverpool FC's partnership with Tibet Water are preparing to hand out information to supporters attending Sunday’s game. International consumer group SumOfUs have confirmed that it will target the club’s commercial water partner in China over alleged human rights abuses. The Reds originally agreed a deal with Tibet Water in July 2017.

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Voelvlei Dam Plans Accelerated in Response to Cape Town Crisis

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Plans to increase water supply to the Voëlvlei Dam, scheduled to come on stream in 2024, have been fast-tracked to 2019 to help with Cape Town’s water crisis. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has said the project should be accelerated and that it would be underway by 2019. The scheme involves pumping winter rainfall from the Berg River into the dam.

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Karnataka Rejects Tamil Nadu Plea For Release of Cauvery Water

BENGALURU, India

Citing shortage of water in the state's four reservoirs, the Karnatakagovernment on Saturday rejected Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's appeal to immediately release seven tmc ft of Cauvery water.

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Reservoir Conservancy Approval Powers to be Delegated to Provinces

BEIJING, China

China's central government will delegate some approval powers to departments at lower levels for government-funded water conservancy projects, the country's top economic planner said Tuesday. Reservoir projects with a capacity of less than 1 billion cubic meters or a dam lower than 70 meters are subject to approval by departments at the provincial level, according to a guideline released by the

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"Giant Ice Wall" Forms on China-Russia Border Lake

HARBIN, China

A giant ice wall extending more than a dozen kilometers has risen on Xingkai Lake, a border lake between China and Russia. Standing around 20 meters high, the wall in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province is made of chunks of ice, piled up by strong winds. Xu Zhong, head of the meteorological station at Xingkai Lake, said the phenomenon is rarely seen as it needs lasting low temperatures, str

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Water ATMs for Kolkata Schools

Kolkata, India

West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development and Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee today said the state government has launched a water ATM project to provide bacteria-free drinking water in schools. The government is setting up the German-manufactured water ATMs in the city and suburbs. 

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Ministry Pushes For Use of Steel Piping

MANGALURU, India

India's Ministry of Steel will give a major push for consumption of steel in the infrastructure sector in general and drinking water projects in particular, Aruna Sharma, the steel secretary has announced. The ministry is to encourage use of ductile iron (DI) pipes for potable water transmission and distribution. 

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Sokoto State Approves 250 Solar Powered Water Projects

SIKOTO, Nigeria

Nigeria's Sokoto State government has awarded a contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes, which will be developed in rural areas across the state's 23 local government areas. An official statement read: "The project is part of government's policy of opening up and improving standard of living in rural areas.

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Scarcity Hits Mozambique Banana Production

MAPUTO, Mozambique

Mozambique’s major commercial banana producer, Bananalandia, in Boane district, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo, has seen production levels fall by half due to lack of water for irrigation. The banana plantations depend on water from the Umbeluzi river, which in turn depends on the level of water stored behind the Pequenos Libombos dam.

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NGO Calls For Reopening of Teshie Desal Plant

ACCRA, Ghana

A Non-Governmental Organization,Water for Rural Africa has called on the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the government to expedite the re-opening of the Teshie Desalination plant. GWCL ordered the shutdown of the plant effective January 1, 2018, for a renegotiation of the contractual agreement between the company and the managers of the plant. 

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