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Cyprus, Israel To Cooperate On Water Management And Firefighting


Israel and Cyprus agreed to develop even further their cooperation in the fields of water management and firefighting, two areas in which both countries face similar challenges. Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis met on Wednesday in Nicosia with the Ambassador of Israel Smuel Revel.


Kenya: Rival Chinese Companies Bid For Turkana Dam Deal


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.


Liberia: Bong Residents Continue To Suffer From Gold Cyanide Spill


According to a recent report by the National Bureau of Concession (NBC) sent to the Liberian Senate shows that three million gallons of diverse toxic chemicals were released into the Kokoyah District, Bong County community by MNG and will remain in the environment for decades to come.


New Ethnic Conflict Threatens Water Access In Democratic Republic of Congo


Increasing ethnic tensions in the province of South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has turned into serious armed confrontations, creating additional humanitarian needs according to the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). More than 76,000 people have becom


Singapore Start-up Launches 3-D Printing Plant For Manufacturing Filtration Membranes


Nano Sun, a water technology start-up founded by a scientist from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has launched a 3D-printing facility to manufacture a new type of water treatment membrane. The new membrane has a faster water flow rate than conventional membranes despite having a similar pollutant rejection rate.


Desalinated Water Raising Risk Of Heart Disease In Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

Researchers who monitored nearly 200,000 people in Israel have found that those who were drinking desalinated water showed an increased risk of heart disease as compared to those consuming natural water.


Kenya's Lake Turkana National Park Added To List of World Heritage Sites In Danger


UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has added Kenya's Lake Turkana National Parks to its List of World Heritage in Danger, notably because of the impact of a dam on the site.


South Korea Wants To Cooperate With Philippines In Wastewater Treatment, Water Quality Systems


Daegu City, South Korea has submitted a proposal of co-operation to the Philippines to explore advanced technology for wastewater treatment and water quality systems. The proposal involves a government-to-government agreement to oversee the development of advanced water technology, specifically to improve operational efficiency of water purification and wastewater systems.


AfDB Approves African Water Facility Plans for 2018

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the 2018 work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF). AWF is an initiative led by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilise resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. It is hosted and managed by AfDB.


15 Projects Worth Almost $1 Billion USD To Be Invested In Jordan By European Investment Bank

AMMAN, Jordan

European Investment Bank (EIB) president Dario Scannapieco announced at the July 2 opening of the eighteenth annual EIB conference in Amman, Jordan that the EIB is preparing to finance 15 projects in Jordan, allocating 850 million euros to fund a number of sectors including water, sewage, public transport, renewable energy, small and mid-range companies and micro-finance companies.  


Dirty Water Exhibition "Shut Down" By Authorities?


A controversial exhibition in Beijing featuring foul water from a northern Chinese town has prompted an investigation into water pollution, an issue exacerbating water shortages in the country’s already parched north. After being on display for only a few days, the bottled water "was removed" from the gallery shelves. Men from China’s industrial and commercial bureau were sent to clear his exhi


Philippines' Boracay Resort Island No Longer "A Cesspool"

MANILA, Philippines

Philippines' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said last week that Boracay Island is slowly recovering, two months after its closure to tourists at the end of April as part of intensified rehabilitation efforts to regain its status as a top visitor destination.


Water Outages Hit Japan In Aftermath Of Devastating Floods, Landslides

TOKYO, Japan

Hundreds of thousands of people in western Japan affected by devastating floods and landslides are contiuing to struggle this with water outages, while the death toll in the country’s worst rain-related disaster in decades climbed to at least 176, with more still missing.


Pakistan: Tarbela Dam Levels Hit "Dead Level"


According to the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) due to the less rainfall in the country, the water level in Tarbela Dam has touched the dead level. Tarbela Dam situated on the main stem of the Indus River but due to the fewer Monsoons, the water level in the dam has depleted. “There is no water in the dam”, one of the spokespeople of IRSA told the media.


Controversial Lake Okeechobee Water Releases Suspended By Corps Of Engineers


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced suspension July 10 of water flows from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Corps says it will give water managers time to be able to fully assess system conditions.