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Negotiations In Progress On EBRD Projects for Building Insulation, Water Purification In Minsk

MINSK

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is in negotiations with Minsk, Belarus, on the possibility of implementing a major project which will involve water purification, wastewater treatment, and the heat modernization of buildings.

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Texans "Stealing" New Mexico Water And Then Selling It Back For Fracking?

FORT WORTH TX

On the Texas side of the state line, where the “rule of capture” rules groundwater policy, people basically can pump water from beneath their land to their heart’s content. But on the New Mexico side, the state has imposed tight regulations on both surface and groundwater that restrict supply.

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Turkey, Iraq To Discuss Tigris River Flow in November

ISTANBUL

At a meeting between Turkish and Iraqi authorities on May 15, Ankara and Baghdad agreed to keep the natural water flow from the River Tigris into Iraq from June 1 to Nov. 1. Water levels of the Tigris have decreased significantly since June 1, spreading panic among Iraqis who in some places were able to cross the riverbed on foot.

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Thames Water Ordered To Pay Back $160 Million USD Over Leak Maintenance Failures

READING

Thames Water was ordered on Thursday to pay £120 million back to customers after being found to have breached its licence conditions by failing to properly tackle leaks. It was hit with £55 million in automatic penalties for allowing millions of litres of water to spew out of pipes. It is paying out a further £65 million after an inquiry by watchdog Ofwat.

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Media Brands US Veep "Weirdo" After He Copies Trump Water Bottle Management

WASHINGTON DC

Vice President Mike Pence has been branded a "weirdo" after bizarre footage emerged showing him move a water bottle off a conference room table seconds after Donald Trump did the same thing. The VP was seen removing the drink from sight at a FEMA hurricane preparedness meeting Wednesday, with internet sleuths quickly picking up on the strange copycat move.

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South Africa Province Threatens To Deploy Army In Water-starved Municipality

DURBAN

The army could be deployed on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast where municipal workers have allegedly sabotaged the water system. Premier Willies Mchunu said his office had requested that Cyril Ramaphosa send more security and introduce Operation Fiela to affected areas.

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Chinese Government Funds 1,000 Boreholes In Ghana

ACCRA

The Chinese government is funding the construction of 960 boreholes in selected villages in six regions of the country as part of efforts to provide potable water to beneficiary communities. The $20 million project forms part of a China Aid Project that began in February 2016 after an agreement was signed between the governments of Ghana and China in 2015.

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Mosul Water Treatment Plant Cleared Of Explosives

BAGHDAD, Iraq

A US military contractor says that over 40,000 citizens of Mosul "will soon be able to get water again" from Al Dawassa, a city water treatment plant, crediting a US State Dpepartment Program.

The contractor, Janus Global. said in a press release last week that it had removed thousands of explosive devices associated with ISIS occupation of the city.

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Iraq Water Crisis Blamed On Dams Built By Turkey, Iran

ERBIL, Iraq

The water crisis spreading  in southern and central provinces of Iraq and the counttry's Kurdistan Region has been blamed on dams built by Turkey and Iran slowing river flow. There are fears that up to seven million people will be displaced due to the dramatic fall in water resources.

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Michigan, US Conservation Group Files New Challenge To Nestle Water Extraction

LANSING MI

A permit allowing Nestle to boost the amount of groundwater it pumps in the US state of Michigan has been formally challenged. The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) filed a May 31 petition to contest the Michigan Department of

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India Study Shows Small Hydro Increases Human Elephant Conflict

MYSURU, India

The first-ever scientific study in India of small hydro-power projects (SHPs) has revealed that despite their being promoted as generating clean energy, facilities have a significant ecological impact and there is a correlation between the rise in SHPs and the increase in human-elephant conflict.

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Satellite Data Can Predict Arsenic Contamination In Irrigation and Drinking Water: Study

PALO ALTO CA

A team from  Stanford University's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) has found that satellite-derived measurements of ground sinking in California could predict arsenic concentrations in groundwater.

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Cyprus: Larnaca Urges Residents To Save Water, Fines May Follow

LARNACA

The Larnaca water board made a plea to the public on Tuesday to save water or it would be forced to impose fines on anyone caught using their hose to wash things like pavements, streets or cars. The government has said there will be no water cuts – at least for the time being, but the board specified that everyone has a duty to save water and avoid wasting it.

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Mexico Restricts Industrial Usage Of River Basins

MEXICO CITY

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has issued a series of decrees establishing water reserves, aiming to preserve sufficient supplies for tens of millions of people. The decrees protect defined volumes of water in nearly half of Mexico’s 756 river basins, limiting them to use for humans and nature. Business and industrial access to the reserved volumes will be prohibited.

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South African Province Coalition Seeks To Protect Water Resources From Coal Mining Contamination

MBOMBELA

A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations, that is resisting Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed coal mine inside a Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area in Mpumalanga, have launched new legal proceedings in the Mbombela High Court.

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UNEP: India Can Learn From China re: Water Pollution

MUMBAI

China, the world’s biggest polluter, can give India a lesson on curbing water pollution, according to Erik Solheim, executive director at the United Nations Environment Programme. “Five years ago, the country [China] had some of the worst polluted rivers in the world, but now they are clean,” Solheim told BloombergQuint in an interview.

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Conflict Closes Libya City's Water Treatment Plant, 125,000 Have No Water Access. Publication Argues The 2011 NATO Invasion Was A Water War

Tripoli, Libya

"Unprecedented levels of fighting" last week forced closure of the Derna, Libya, desalination plant.

The port city of Derna, in the east of the country, is facing severe water, food and medicine shortages, and electricity and water has been completely cut off for 125,000 residents (UNOCHA).

Encirclement and closure of Derna, by the Libyan National Army (LNA), has been ongoing since July 2017, the United Nations says. Periodic escalations of armed conflict have occurred more recently, since the LNA announced it would start a large-scale offensive against armed groups in Derna. Since then airstrikes, shelling, artillery fire and fighting between armed groups have been ongoing at various intensities.

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Further Manila Water Expansion in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Philippines

The President of Manila Water last week announced the company's intention to grow its portfolio in Southeast Asia to 10 Percent of total revenue from the current 5 to 6 Percent (ABS-CBN)

Manila Water is currently active in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar.

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