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Delhi Looks To Singapore Water Reuse Model

NEW DELHI

With the aim to increasing Delhi’s water supply by 50% in the next five years, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a host of measures. But the one that caught public attention was the plan to turn sewage into potable water. The CM said that Delhi will emulate Singapore on this project.

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Vulnerable Vietnam Coastline Needs Investment To Protect Against Erosion

BAC LIEU, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has an urgent need for $40 Million USD to build new dykes in five areas facing high risks of erosion. Luong Ngoc Lan, Director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, has cited three project of high priority including a 1.3km river dyke in Ganh Hao coastal town of Dong Hai district, a 1.5km embankment at Nha Mat estuary in Bac Lieu city, an

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Hong Kong Lead Scare: Calls For Truly Independent Water Quality Watchdog

HONG KONG

The prospect of lead contamination in Hong Kong drinking water reared its ugly head again on Thursday [July 19] after samples from a new public housing estate were found to contain excessive levels of the heavy metal. But water from two of the four flats involved was later certified safe by the government after separate tests showed levels to be within limits.

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Uganda's Kahengye Water Project Stalls, Damages Sought From Constructor

Rukungiri

The construction of Kahengye Gravity Water Scheme is far from complete two years after the project commenced. The Shs44b World Bank and government funded water project kicked off in July 2016 and was undertaken by an Indian firm, Technofab Engineering Services. It was expected to be completed by September 2017.

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Eastern Romania City Without Water For Five Days After Pipe Burst

BACAU

The almost 200,000 inhabitants of Bacau, one of the biggest cities in Eastern Romania, have been without water since last Saturday [July 14] after a large pipe burst. The 45-km pipe was changed seven years ago, with an investment of EUR 52 million. The inhabitants of Bacau could have water again starting Friday [July 20].

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India And China Talk Siang River Contamination

NEW DELHI

The India government has informed Parliament that India has raised the issue of contamination of water in Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh with the Chinese side on several occasions. "In this regard, Government has noted statements by Chinese authorities stating that the situation was caused by an earthquake in the region and was not a man-made incident," he added.

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Nine Water Resource Development Programs Announced For 2019

BANGKOK

Thailand's water resources management board (water board) will spend Bt69 billion on nine water-resource development projects next year, Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya has announced; more than 300 projects will be implemented as part of the National Strategy from 2019 to 2022.

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Philippines Minister: No Debt Trap From China-funded Water Infrastructure Projects

MANILA

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on Tuesday that there will be no dangers of so-called debt trap from the China-funded infrastructure projects, adding all the programs are "economically viable" and positive for the Philippine economy. Dominguez said the Philippines and China have a lot of projects in the pipeline. "We already started the Chico River project.

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BRICS Bank Will Finance Russia Water Infrastructure

MOSCOW

Russia may borrow $1 billion from BRICS New Development Bank for infrastructure projects, Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak told reporters on Monday. "With the new BRICS development bank alone we are now preparing four new loans," Storchak said.

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Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Cyber Attack On Chlorine Facility

KYIV

Ukraine is claiming to have stopped a VPNFilter attack which targeted a chlorine distillation station last week. The malware was developed by the Russian cybergang APT28, according to the FBI, is designed to detect a "sensitive" target and warn its operators, who can then use it to pivot inside the infected organization and launch further attacks.

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Mexico, US Environmental Group To Issue Criminal Complaint Re: Tijuana Sewage Plant

MEXICALI

A binational environmental group is preparing a criminal complaint against the Baja California state government for negligence in the discharge of sewage from a Tijuana treatment plant that pollutes waters off the coasts of both Mexico and the United States.

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San Francisco Issues Wastewater Infrastructure Green Bonds

San Francisco

Green bond issuer San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is seeking both domestic and international interest for its new tranches of Climate Bonds Certified green municipal bonds, of approximately $402 million USD.

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$1.2 Billion USD Water Tunnel For New York

NEW YORK NY

Water supply in New York City and nearby Westchester County is to be improved through the construction of a $1.2 billion USD tunnelling project. New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) expects to finish the project in about 2035.

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UNICEF "Concern" Over Man-made River Attacks

TRIPOLI, Libya

The Twitter account @UNICEFLibya has tweeted concern about recent attacks on the infrastructure of Libya's Great Man-made River system.

A July 15 tweet read: "UNICEF is concerned about acts of aggression targeting the running of the man-made river system in Libya in recent weeks. The man-made river is the largest source of water in Libya contributing 60 percent of water supplies to children and families across the country".

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UNEP And Google Announce Collaboration On Mapping Water-Related Ecosystems

NEW YORK, NY

UN Environment (UNEP) and Google announced a global partnership July 16 that aims to expand what the world knows about the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems.

Long term, the partnership hopes to establish a platform for open-source data and analysis of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As an entry point to development, the partnership has launched with an initial focus on fresh-water ecosystems including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes. 

These areas account for 0.01% of the world’s water but provide habitat for almost 10% of the world’s known species and evidence suggests a rapid loss freshwater biodiversity.

Google will periodically produce geospatial maps and data on water-related ecosystems by employing massive parallel cloud computing technology. Satellite imagery and statistics will be generated to assess the extent of change occurring to waterbodies, and made freely accessible to ensure nations have the opportunity to track changes, prevent and reverse ecosystem loss.

When completed, the platform will leverage Google’s cloud computing and earth observation, public catalogs and for the first time enable governments, NGO’s and the public to track specific environment-related development targets with a user-friendly Google front-end.

The partnership was launched during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York, where world leaders are gathering to review of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“We will only be able to solve the biggest environmental challenges of our time if we get the data right,” Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim said. “UN Environment is excited to be partnering with Google, to make sure we have the most sophisticated online tools to track progress, identify priority areas for our action, and bring us one step closer to a sustainable world.”

"This partnership announcement builds on a common shared vision between our organizations," said Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach. "We are excited to enable all countries with equal access to the latest technology and information in support of global climate action and sustainable development."

Other areas of collaboration include advocacy and capacity building activities as well as the development of partnerships with organizations like the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Kenya: Rival Chinese Companies Bid For Turkana Dam Deal

NAIROBI

The High Court has stopped the National Irrigation Board (NIB) from re-evaluating the tender for construction of a mega dam in Turkana County as ordered by the State procurement watchdog pending determination of a case filed by a consortium of three Chinese firms.

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