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China Officials Trumpet Water Conservancy Successes


China has made headway in pushing major water conservancy projects amid efforts to enhance capacity on flood control, drought relief, as well as food and ecological security, a senior official said. Some 132 key water conservancy projects have been under construction since 2014, with the total investment exceeding one trillion yuan (about 146 billion U.S.


Mekedatu Dam Project May Destroy Forests, Elephant Access Corridor


On Friday, Karnataka Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar the visited site where the proposed Mekedatu dam would be constructed. Ahead of his visit, engineers from the Water Resource Department had already visited Mekedatu and began the demarcation of land required for the construction of the dam.


US Nestle Waters CEO Acknowledges "Massive" PR Problem


Activists have pushed to ban bottled water due to concerns over plastic bottles' wastefulness and pollution. Companies have been criticized for paying minimal fees to communities where they source water. "The challenges, I think they are real," Fernando Mercé, the president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, said of the backlash against bottled water.


Undersea Water Pipe To Supply Thailand Island


Officials are planning to lay an undersea pipe to pump water to Koh Lan, a scenic islet off Pattaya, in a fresh bid to solve the severe water shortage there. If the project is given the green light, several thousand local residents and tourists will have enough running water at cheaper prices, Suthat Nutpan, the Provincial Waterworks Authority's manager for its branch in Pattaya, said.


Long Term Strategy For Conservation Of Kashmir Water Bodies


As a long-term strategy for conservation of prominent water bodies in the state, including Dal Lake, Jhelum, Chenab and Tawi rivers from pollution hazards, and for the restoration of pristine glory of twin capital cities namely, Jammu and Srinagar, the Government will develop Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of adequate capacities.


20-Year Master Plan For Thailand Water Management


The 20-year master plan for the country's water management system is expected to win approval by the national committee on water resources on Dec 19 after which it will be implemented, Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said Thursday. The master plan was approved by the government's sub-committee on strategies for water resources management, said Gen Chatchai.


Trump Administration Seeks To Dilute Water Protections


The Trump administration is expected to put forth a proposal on Tuesday that would significantly weaken a major Obama-era regulation on clean water, according to a talking points memo from the Environmental Protection Agency that was distributed to White House allies this week.


India To Proceed With Punjab Dam, Water Flow To Pakistan Will Be Hit


The Centre on Thursday approved implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam project on the Ravi in Punjab. The move will allow India to use the water which at present goes “waste” flowing through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan. Once completed in June 2022, it will improve irrigation potential of farmers in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab.


Murcia Invests In Water Management Infrastructure Modernization


Murcia's regional government will strengthen its investment in water in 2019 with 55 million Euro in order to guarantee water resources to irrigators and agricultural producers. These will go to modernization projects and infrastructure to help in water management, so that the Region can remain a world leader in the efficient use of water.


Zambia Benefits From China Mega Dam Completion


China's Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) handed over a mega water dam with a storage capacity of 61 million cubic meters to the Zambian government on Thursday. Zambian President Edgar Lungu inspected the site and said his country has turned a new page in the advancement of irrigation agriculture thanks to the Mwomboshi Dam in central Dhisamba district.


Nepal And WWF Create Artificial Wetland


An artificial wetland is being developed at Ramauli Pratappur of Parsa National Park to conserve wildlife. The park authority and Tarai Arc Landscape (TAL) Programme of the World Wildlife Fund have built a 345-metre long dam at Ramauli Pratappur to create a marsh land that would spread over an area of 200 bighas.


EU Supports Turkmenistan Capacity Building


On December 5-6, Ashgabat hosted a workshop and a meeting of an Inter-sectoral Working Group on the development of multi-sector investment projects for achieving water, energy and food security in Turkmenistan within the European Union funded Nexus project, the EU Liaison Office in Turkmenistan reported.


Veolia Exec Fauchon Is WWC Prez Again


The Board of Governors of the World Water Council (WWC) has unanimously elected Loïc Fauchon as its new president, succeding Brazilian Benedito Braga. Fauchon was previously WWC president from 2005 to 2012, and has now been re-elected in 2018. Fauchon is also president of Eaux de Marseille in France, a subsidiary of Veolia, the international water and waste conglomerate.The returning WWC president will have an opportunity to describe WWC priorities December 7 at COP24 in Poland at a special water event where he is scheduled to offer concluding remarks.

WaterAid Calls For COP Recognition Of WASH As Part Of Climate Change Adaptation


Sudan, Niger and Pakistan are the top 3 countries with the most threatened water supply, based on new analysis by Water Aid of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative measures of access to water, climate patterns and water usage rates.

$1.8 Billion USD Loan To Thames Water Is Tied To Environmental, Social, Governance Metrics

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The UK’s largest water and waste services provider, Thames Water, has agreed a $1.8 Billion Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) with the interest rate conditional on annual performance against Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics.

Partnership To Secure Africa Water Security Through Transboundary Infrastructure Projects


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) are partnering to support project preparation, transaction management, resource mobilization, advocacy, capacity development, research and knowledge sharing in the joint implementation of transboundary water projects in Africa.

Sardinia Arrest Over Terrorist Drinking Water Poison Plot


Italian anti-terrorism police have arrested a Palestinian man in Sardinia with links to the Islamic State group on suspicion that he was planning to poison water supply with ricin and anthrax in a terror plot.