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World Cup Host City Residents Instructed To Save Water For Foreign Fans

MOSCOW

The hospitality of Russian residents in this World Cup season is now expected to extend to public utilities, as residents in host city Samara were asked to shower in pairs to save water for use by visiting fans. Water system authorities in Samara said they ramped up supplies in the last few days to accommodate increased water use during the football tournament and a recent heat wave.

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South Africa And Japan Cooperate On Water Management

JOHANNESBURG

South Africa and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) in the field of water resource management. This will include integrated water resource management, water-related disaster management, wastewater treatment, infrastructure management and maintenance, and new technologies.

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Saudi Arabia Signs $22 Million USD Deals To Finance Water, Road Projects in Comoros

MORONI

Saudi Arabia signed deals with Comoros at a value of $22 million to finance water and road infrastructure in the Indian Ocean island nation and expand the Kingdom’s presence among its gulf rivals. The agreements were signed on July 3 during a meeting between the Saudi interior minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, and his host President Azali Assoumani.

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Malaysia: Johor Suggests Rise In Price Of Water Sold To Singapore

JOHOR BARU

Johor's Menteri Besar Osman Sapian said the state hopes that it can raise the price of the raw water that it sells to Singapore after discussions. The price could well be raised from the current 3 Malaysian sen (1.01 Singapore cent) per 1,000 gallons to the same level that water is sold to Johor's northern neighbour Melaka - at 50 sen per 1,000 gallons.

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Three Pakistan Rivers Seriously Contaminated With Potentially Toxic Elements

ISLAMABAD

Three of Pakistan’s major rivers are seriously contaminated with potentially toxic elements (PTE) from raw sewage and untreated industrial effluents, posing a risk to communities as well as to flora and fauna, says a new study.

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Crimean Leader Requests Financial Aid From Moscow To Offset Drought Costs

MOSCOW

The de-facto leader of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, has turned to Moscow for financial assistance amidst a drought-induced state of emergency in several agricultural regions and $1 million in damage from a recent hailstorm. Crimea has received more than $7.5 billion in financial aid from Russia in the four years since Moscow seized the peninsula in 2014.

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$90 Million USD From ADB For Cambodia Climate Resilience

MANILA

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $90 million loan on Wednesday to help Cambodia modernise the agriculture sector and enhance climate resilience as part of the $141 million Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project.

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$45.4 Million USD For Solar Irrigation Pumping In Bangladesh

DHAKA

Bangladesh is to receive a $20 million USD loan from an Asian Development Bank (ADB) Power System Efficiency Improvement Project together with an additional $25.44 million USD in grant financing to spur off-grid solar photovoltaic (SPV) pumping for agricultural irrigation.

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Climate Change Will Impact 800 Million South Asians By 2050

WASHINGTON DC

Over 800 million people, or half the population in South Asia could see their living standards worsen by 2050 due to climate change, says an ominous new study by the World Bank. The study, ‘South Asia’s Hotspots’, which focuses on all six countries in South Asia, finds that average temperatures in the region have increased in the last sixty years and will continue rising.

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Karachi Mayor Welcomes Supreme Court Position On Dams

KARACHI

Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar has termed the Supreme Court's order about the construction of Bhasha and Mohmand dams historic. He said the Council of Common Interest (CCI) has no issue on the construction of these water reservoirs. The Mayor urged philanthropists to come forward and give their due share for the construction of desalination plant in Karachi.

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Oman Hails Successes Of Fog Harvesting Initiative

MUSCAT

A ten-year project of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs to collect water through fog harvesting in Dhofar is bearing fruit. The official said that the project that began in 2009 has been successfully implemented at four locations in Dhofar, is spread over an estimated area of 931,260sq m, and collects around 350,000 gallons of water during the autumn season.

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More Protests In El Salvador Against Privatization

SAN SALVADOR

Students and staff of the National University of El Salvador, or UES, gathered in front of the educational institution to protest against the possible privatization of drinking water in El Salvador. Demonstrators marched towards the Legislative Assembly where they intended to have their demands heard by a commission of deputies of the different political factions.

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Mumbai Undertakes Six Year Water Tunnel Construction Project

MUMBAI

In a bid to improve the water supply system in central Mumbai, the BMC (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) will soon undertake construction of two underground tunnels at an approximate cost of Rs 1,900 crore. The work is expected to be completed in six years, said civic officials.

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High Payments To Utility Executives Damage Trust, UK Regulator Says

LONDON

High levels of payments to bosses and investors by water companies have damaged customer trust, the regulator Ofwat has said. It has published new rules that will force firms to explain how executive pay is linked to performance and to prioritize customers' interests. The new rules come as the bosses of several water firms prepare to be quizzed by MPs.

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Former USEPA Chief Slams Trump Environmental Policy, Scott Pruitt Legacy, New Appointee Andrew Wheeler

WASHINGTON, DC

A former Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has again criticized the agency’s management by Scott Pruitt, who resigned from his position as agency last week.

Pruitt had kept his position for nearly 18 months since his appointment by US President Donald Trump despite numerous scandals and criticism of his deregulatory agenda, even from fellow Republicans.

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Thai, Chinese Experts Clash Over Benefits Of Mekong Dams

BANGKOK, Thailand

At a seminar on “The Sustainable Development of Water Resources” at Chulalongkorn University, Chinese experts on the social effects of hydropower development on the Mekong River met opposition from Thai academics who argued that locals lose more than they gain since dams impact heavily on every aspect of their lives.

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World Is Not On Track To Meet SDG 6: UN-Water

New YORK, NY

The world is not on track to reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on Water and Sanitation by the deadline set for 2030, according to a new report from UN-Water, the United Nations entity tasked with coordinating 30 UN organizations’ activities relating to water and sanitation.

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Co-finances Indonesia Irrigation System

MUMBAI

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a loan for an irrigation project in Indonesia, along with its first loan in Turkey, for a project to improve gas supply. In Indonesia, meanwhile, the Beijing-based lender has extended a $250 Million USD loan, also co-financed by the World Bank.

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