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Philippines Tenders Angat Dam Rehab to Manage Earthquake Threat

MANILA, Philippines

The Philippines’ Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the government agency that oversees the water system for the capital and surrounding areas, is preparing to hold a competitive tender for the $130 million USD contract to rehabilitate Angat Dam, which supplies about 97 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs.

China’s South-North Transfer Will be Completed 2 Years Ahead of Schedule

BEIJING, China

Construction on the central route of China’s South-to-North Water Diversion project is “going into high gear” and is expected to be finished next year, two years ahead of its original deadline, according to a project official.

Kenya, Uganda Increase Budgets for Water Projects in 2012-2013

NAIROBI/KAMPALA

Kenya and Uganda have both increased funding for the water sector in their budgets for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, although the two countries have different goals for the investment.

Kenya’s budget includes an additional $93 million USD to help scale up drip irrigation across the country.

ADB, Uzbekistan Rehabilitate Water Supply in Jizak Province

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

Uzbek President Islam Karimov this month approved the feasibility study for a $32.9 million USD project to rehabilitate a water intake facility and pipeline networks in the country’s Jizak province.

Jalisco Candidates Oppose Zapotillo Reservoir; Conagua Calls It Unstoppable

GUADALAJARA, Mexico

The Head of Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua), has pledged that nothing will stop construction of the Zapotillo reservoir, despite continued opposition to the project from two candidates running for Jalisco state governor.

HSBC Takes Water Initiative to South America

Argentina, BUENOS AIRES

Multinational banking and financial services company HSBC last week launched its new Water Program in South America.

The company, in partnership with environmental groups the Earthwatch Institute, Water Aid and WWF, is providing $100 million USD in funding for the five-year initiative, which targets 10 basin areas that it claims drive one-fourth of global growth,

Fitch Downgrades India's Jain Irrigation Rating

NEW YORK CITY

Fitch Ratings has downgraded India-based Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd's (JISL) National Long-Term rating to 'Fitch BBB(ind)' from 'Fitch A(ind)'. The Outlook is Negative. The downgrade reflects JISL's stretched liquidity position as illustrated by the almost full utilisation (100%) of its fund-based limits in FY12 (end-March 2012).

World Water Council Head Wants Water at Heart of Sustainable Development Talks

LONDON

Political leaders meeting at the Rio+20 summit this week must put water at the heart of sustainable development, making universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation part of a new set of post-2015 development goals, the head of the World Water Council has said. Loïc Fauchon, who will present civil-society proposals on water commitments on Wednesday to the nearly 120 heads of state and

Ukrainian Villagers Take Legal Action Against Industrial Polluters

Ukraine, DNIPROPETROVSK

Residents of Maryanovka village in the Dnipropetrovsk Region of Ukraine this month took legal action after a number of industrial concerns that recently opened on the site of an old nationalized factory had profoundly negative effects on the environment and freshwater supply.

Bangladesh Water Law to Include Rainwater Harvesting

dhaka

Provisions to promote rainwater harvesting have already been included in the draft of 'Bangladesh Water Act, 2012', said Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen. "Already approved by the cabinet, the bill on the proposed law will be placed in parliament very soon," he said while speaking at the inauguration of the Bangladesh Convention on Rainwater Harvesting. The convention was jointly org

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