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AIIB Supports Uzbekistan Water Infrastructure

TASHKENT

The Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) has attracted funds from the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to develop sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure in priority districts of the Bukhara region.

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Deterioration In Weather Data Gathering Due To Coronavirus

GENEVA, Switzerland

The COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts around the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Large parts of the global observation system are fully automated but crucial maintenance functions may be delayed, causing a gap in the ability to gather information.

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Ghana Government Urges Prudence As Water Made Free In Coronavirus Response

ACCRA

Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has advised Ghanaians not to embark on 'free water challenge' after President Akufo-Addo announced that government will absorb water bill for April, May and June. "The Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period.

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Wastewater From Israeli Settlements Exposes Palestinians to Coronavirus Risk

RAMALLAH

The Palestinian Water Authority Monday warned that dumping colonial Israeli settlements wastewater onto Palestinian vineyards in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron city, exposes Palestinians to the novel coronavirus risk.

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Egypt Invests In Nile Dredging To Improve Water Transport Network

CAIRO

Egypt is investing in dredgers to improve its inland waterways to make them a viable alternative for road and rail cargo. Prompted by a projected increase in national cargo demand, the Egyptian government has committed to rehabilitating and revamping infrastructure along the Nile River and its branches.

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Cultural Activities Connecting People To Water In The Sahel

DAKAR, Senegal

The fifth “Festival A Sahel Ouvert” on 14-16 February in Mboumba, Senegal, marked the 10th anniversary of a unique, award-winning cultural project in Africa with this year’s themes of health, education, water and innovation.

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New York State Governor Cuomo Urged To Suspend Water Shut-offs

ALBANY NY, United States

Over 70 community, labour, religious, environmental, and civil rights organisations have sent an open letter to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on him to issue an executive order to ensure access to clean water throughout the state for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo has attracted plaudits for his proactive, visible response to the coronavirus threat in New York, currently the epicentre of the US's COVID crisis, with his daily television briefings attracting a nation wide viewership.

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Submissions Open For New "Water ChangeMaker Awards"

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

A 60-day submission period, commencing 6 April, for the new Water ChangeMaker Awards, opened this week. The new awards, targeted to those who have shaped water decisions that have helped to build climate resilience, is an initiative of about 20 partner organisations, convened by the Global Water Partnership (GWP).

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Newly Accessible Satellite Maps Track Global Drought

LINCOLN NE, United States

Global maps of dry/wet conditions developed by NASA researchers have been made avavilable, and are now accessible online through the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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World Water Week 2020 Cancelled Due To COVID-19

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has cancelled its World Water Week scheduled for 23-28 August 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

After monitoring the spread of COVID-19, the institute’s Board came to the conclusion that holding such a major event “would pose a critical threat to the health of visitors and result in an unacceptable risk of spreading the disease.” The annual World Water Week attracts over 500 co-convening organisations and 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries.

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South African Municipalities Should Not Cut Off Residents' Water Supply

JOHANNESBURG

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu appealed to municipalities to refrain from abruptly cutting water supply to residents because it impinged on their basic right to access clean water, while at the same time hindering the government's effort to fight Covid-19.

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New Hydro Development At Queen's Holiday Home

BALLATER

A new 2MW hydroelectric scheme will soon be generating power on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland, as news reports suggest that planning permission has been given for the project, despite initial environmental objections. Plans for the project were originally met with objections that it could disturb wildlife living near the site.

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Infrastructure Investment Is A Possible Victim Of Pandemic

WASHINGTON DC

Despite the fact that social infrastructure and water projects – clean water, wastewater operations – are identified as top priorities from private and public sector entities from around the world, a new CG/LA Infrastructure survey shows that global industry leaders are not hopeful about an increase in infrastructure spending following the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.

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France: Stagnant Pipe Water Prompts Extra Chlorine Treatment

STRASBOURG

Over the past few weeks, as many businesses have closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, in some regions, overall water consumption has dropped. As a result, more water has been sitting stagnant in pipes for longer than normal, prompting water suppliers in some areas to increase chlorine levels in the water, to ensure that it stays clean for longer.

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