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Singapore International Water Week: Making Smart Grids Smarter


The water grid in many cities worldwide may use pipes dating back as far as a century or more, but there is still a way to make the grid smarter, according to panelists at the Smart Grid Technology forum at Singapore International Water Week on July 3.

Singapore's PUB Selects GE Technology for Plant Upgrade


GE announced at Singapore International Water Week 2012 that it will supply PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, with its advanced membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater-treatment technology for an expansion of PUB’s Changi Water Reclamation Plant.

Heat Wave Dries Wells in Bosnia


A heat wave in the Balkans with temperatures as high as 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit) has left some villages with dry wells and prompted governments to warn people to stay indoors when possible. Drinking water was being delivered on municipal trucks to some Bosnian villages where wells had run dry. In Bosnia, where top temperatures are normally about 26 Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) i

Mines Polluting Waters in Tanzania


Investigations done by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the Government Chief Chemist has revealed that water samples taken from Nyamongo mine areas have a high content of heavy metal. Announcing the results on Wednesday before the Parliament, a minister in the Vice-President's Office (VPO), Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan (Union Matters) revealed that the investigations also found out t

Three Killed in Latest Clashes Over Peru’s Conga Mine


At least three people have died in the latest clashes over Newmont Mining Corporation’s Conga gold mine project in northern Peru.

A state of emergency has been declared in the provinces of Celendin, Hualgayoc and Cajamarca in the wake of escalating conflict between protesters, who say the mining project threatens their water supplies, and police.

Nizhny Novgorod Upgrades Infrastructure to Protect Volga River


The Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod will spend $30 million USD by 2020 to completely update its antiquated sewage infrastructure. The project aims to increase the quality of water provided to residents and to protect the environment, both locally and in the lower reaches of the Volga River, into which the city releases its waste.

Kazakh Government to Spend $40 Million USD for Drinking Water in North Kazakhstan Province

Kazakhstan, PETROPAVL

North Kazakhstan province will spend over $40 million USD for drinking water supply improvement this year, under the country’s Ak Bulak (Clean Water) program, provincial Governor Serik Bilyalov told federal officials in late June.

Singapore International Water Week: Tackling Urban Water Issues


Cities must learn to deal with water in a multi-disciplinary way that treats it as an asset, Center for Livable Cities Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye told the Water Leaders Summit Roundtable at Singapore International Water Week on July 3.


Saudi Arabia Adopts Energy-Saving Desal Technology

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) plans to start using multiple-effect distillation systems, which will cut fuel use in its desalination plants by 40 percent, company officials announced last week.

Businesses Blamed for Shaanxi River Pollution

China, XI'AN

Local authorities on July 3 blamed businesses lining the Bahe River for discharging sewage that recently killed droves of fish in Northwest China's Shaanxi province.

On July 29, some small businesses released untreated waste into the river, trying to exploit the high water level caused by recent rains to dodge sewage discharge checks, according to the Xi'an water bureau.

Sweden Announces New Funding for Mekong River Commission

Bangkok, thailand

The Swedish government last week announced new financing to support the Mekong River Commission in strengthening management and development of water and related resources in the Lower Mekong Basin.

Israel Gives Green Light for Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal


Israel is heralding its decision this week to go ahead with the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project as pivotal for peace-building, but environmentalists still question the project’s science.

Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation Silvan Shalom announced the country’s intention to go forward with the project on July 3, after a meeting with World Bank representatives and govenrment officials.