OOSKAnews International Water Weekly Stories
Environmental NGOs participating in a recent conference in Kaliningrad called on the Russian government to ratify the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.
The contractor for the Bulgarian National Water Strategy will provide targets for development of the water sector by the end of the month.
The targets will then be submitted for review by representatives of the water industry and by the public.
The Polish government this month adopted the revised National Wastewater Management Program, which will enable the country to comply with European Union environmental requirements by the end of 2015.
The program targets municipalities that need to build or expand their centralized wastewater networks and wastewater treatment plants.
Moscow-based public corporation Research Institute of Public Water Supply and Treatment based in Moscow plans to lease the water supply utilities in the Ukrainian city Zhitomir for a 20- to 25-year period.
Apa-Canal Chisinau, Moldovan capital’s water utility, will have to spend some $16.7 million USD to install water meters, and as a consequence water tariffs will go up from $0.75 to $1.25 USD per cubic meter, according to Constantin Becciev, the head of the utility.
The Lithuanian Appeals Court has ruled that regional water management company Klaipedos Vanduo carried out procurement procedures on a water management project in a proper manner.
Chief Sanitation Engineer of Dnepropetrovsk Alexander Stepa has condemned the project to replace much of the aging water infrastructure in the city, where despite the time taken and money spent, water quality is in fact decreasing.
Residents of Krasnoturinsk, a small town in a remote part of Sverdlovsk Province on the edge of Siberia, have been banned from drinking tap water unless it has been boiled for at least five minutes, after Hepatitis A was found in the town’s freshwater distribution system.
The County Council of Botosani in northwestern Romania has received approval to invest $177.5 million USD in modernization and extension of the local water supply and wastewater systems.
The funds, which are to be spent by the end of 2015, will mainly go to Botosani County’s rural communities.
Old Kupavna, a commuter town just outside the Moscow sprawl, is facing “social and ecological catastrophe” after the local wastewater treatment plant went bankrupt and is being auctioned off.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed Gorkhmaz Huseynov chairman of national water supply operator Azersu OJSC. Huseynov previously served as vice president for social affairs for the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). Aliyev had dismissed Nizameddin Rzayev from his position as chair of Azersu earlier this month.