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Gold Mine's Cyanide Release Responsible for Death of 14 Cambodians?

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

Officials from Cambodia's ministries of Environment, and Mines and Energy are investigating gold mining company Rong Chheng, which is suspected of releasing cyanide waste into a water canal. The release may have resulted in the death earlier this month of at least 14 villagers and hospitalization of a further 300 in Kratie province.

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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Vital to Ebola Prevention in Africa

ABUJA

WaterAid Nigeria has stressed the need for increased access to water, sanitation and good hygiene, saying these are key to the prevention of Ebola and other diseases threatening the nation and the African continent. Country Director of the organisation, Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye said unless Nigerians get access to the above, the fight against the deadly diseases might be futile.

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BRICS Nations Vow Enhanced Cooperation In Improving Water Infrastructure, Water Resource Management

DURBAN, South Africa

The Environment Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS nations) have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris accord in dealing with climate change worldwide.

Regarding water security, the ministers vowed to enhance cooperation and in improving national water infrastructure to secure and manage natural water sources.

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Pakistan Business Leader Calls For Emphasis On More Small Dams Ahead Of Mega Reservoirs

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Malik Sohail, Chairman of Coordination of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has said that conflicts over the construction of large dams in the country has wasted a lot of national resources, and that there should be greater emphasis on construction of small dams across the federation.

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Donetsk Water Filtration Station Comes Under Heavy Rocket Shelling. "Ceasefire Violations Must Stop Immediately": OSCE

DONETS, Ukraine

Despite explicit security guarantees provided by warring parties, the beleaguered Donetsk Water Filtration Station in Eastern Ukraine remains in grave danger amid continuous shelling, Ertugrul Apakan, the Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine claimed in a May 18 statement.

More than 300,000 people in the region depend on the Donetsk Filtration Station for drinking water.

Further OOSKAnews coverage here.

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Pakistan Delegation Approaches World Bank Re India's Contentious Kishanganga Dam Project

WASHINGTON, DC

The Pakistan government is to apprise the top World Bank officials this week about "serious concern" over inauguration of Kishanganga hydro power project by India, "in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty".

On May 19, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated the state run NHPC the project in Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian nation.

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Chinese Researchers Reuse Waste Cartons To Remove Heavy Metals From Water

BEIJING, China

Chinese researchers have developed a nano material using waste cartons that can remove a toxic heavy metal from water.

The breakthrough has provided a new means to control heavy metal contamination and recycling of waste cartons (Xinhua).

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Colombia: Mass Evacuations As Fears Grow Over Catastrophic Hidroituango Dam Failure

MEDELLIN, Colombia

Tens of thousands of residents evacuated villages on the banks of Colombia’s Cauca river last week after complications at the partially built Hidroituango dam, 170 kilometers north of Medellin and the country’s largest, led to a state of emergency among fears of a catastrophic burst.

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Thousands Of Fish Perish After Person Pees In Piscine Pedicure Pool. Pissed-off Proprietor Pledges Poisoning Prosecution

GUANGDONG, China

Thousands of fish died at a fish spa in Guangdong, China, after a customer reportedly urinated into a therapy foot tank.

Fish spa pedicure treatment, which has grown in popularity in recent years as a form of beauty therapy, involves customers placing their feet into a water tank filled with toothless fish – also known as "doctor fish" - which nibble dead skin away.

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Syrian Refugees: Additional Water For Jordan's Northern Provinces During Ramadan

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan's northern governorates, where water demand has increased by 40 per cent over the past seven years, are set to receive additional water to ease an expected surge in demand during the holy month of Ramadan and the hot season, the government's water authority said May 17.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweets To EPA Chief About Water Contamination: "Drink It Yourself Until You Tap Out Or Resign"

LOS ANGELES, CA

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has tweeted a proposition to Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt following reports about the administration's handling of a study containing warnings about toxins in water supplies.

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NASA Satellite Program Reports Unidentified Trends In Groundwater Sustainability

Washington DC

A new study by the US's National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) quantifies 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016, and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or other variables.

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Most US States Fail To Leverage Financing Opportunities To Address $1 Trillion USD Water Infrastructure Funding Gap

WASHINGTON DC

With American water infrastructure costs expected to exceed $1 Trillion USD, a new report shows that only a few of the country's states are adequately leveraging federal dollars to shrink the infrastructure funding gap.

The new report released May 15 by NGO the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), “Going Back to the Well” highlights cutting-edge financing strategies for states to better fund the water infrastructure serving millions of Americans.

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Yemen Cholera Outbreak: Oral Vaccination Campaign Implemented

ADEN, Yemen

The first-ever oral cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen was launched on May 6 and concluded on May 15, just before the start of Ramadan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Data shows an increase in cholera risk during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, possibly because people gather in large groups to share food, often obtained from street vendors.

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Uganda Prez Invites Egypt Prez To Visit Source Of The Nile

CAIRO, Egypt

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has invited his Egyptian counterpart to visit the source of the Nile in the East African nation. Museveni who arrived in Egypt May 15 to hold bilateral talks, said he is happy that the North African nation now has progressive leaders who share the common interests of unity and development. Local media in Egypt reported that Sisi explained his country’s view ab

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Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia GERD Mediation Meeting Produces Agreement

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the success of this week's mediation meeting regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations in Adis Ababa. The ministers of irrigation and water resources as well as the chiefs of intelligence services of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia participated in the May 15 meeting.

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Russian Company Pulls Out Of $180 Million USD Iran Desal Plant, Blaming US Sanctions

MOSCOW, Russia

Russian plans for construction of a $180 Million USD desalination project in Iran have been put on hold after the Russian construction company withdrew from the deal last week, citing the tightening of US sanctions against Iran.ComThe plant was planned to produce 200,000 cubic meters per day of purified water for use by Iranian government istitutions and agriculture.

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USEPA Sought To Block "PR Disaster" Report On Chemical Contamination Of Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC

A Freedom of Information Act filing by the US’s Union of Concerned Scientists has revealed that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) sought to block a federal government report on water contamination showing that chemicals endanger human health at a far lower level than USEPA has previously called safe.

Politico reported this week that USEPA and White House internal emails showed concern that publication of the study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study, produced by its Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) would be a “public relations nightmare” and “a disaster” for USEPA’s reputation as well as the Department of Defense which is responsible for much of the pollution in question, which is associated with chemical plants, US military installations and other sites.

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India Government Submits Cauvery Management Scheme To Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, India

India's Supreme Court May 16 rejected arguments from the state of Karnataka that finalization of the new draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway. 

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