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TEE International Acquires GETCO


Singaporean engineering and real estate group TEE International acquired Global Environmental Technology Company (GETCO), one of the largest wastewater treatment companies in Thailand, for some $7.8 million USD. Chewathai, which is 49 percent owned by a unit of TEE International, entered into an agreement to acquire 1.6 million ordinary shares of GETCO last week.

Government May Have to Consider Expensive Solutions to Drainage Issues


Experts said the Singapore government may have to consider expensive solutions in reviewing the drainage system to deal with floods. The review must look beyond short-term measures, the experts said. Measures such as raising road levels are just “treating the symptoms of floods,” they said.

Olivia Lum of Hyflux Wins Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Hyflux founder and CEO Olivia Lum has won the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is the first woman to win the award. Lum was selected for her role in turning Hyflux from a small water-treatment start-up into one of the leading desalination suppliers worldwide. Hyflux has a market capitalization of about $1.8 billion USD. 

MWA Says No E. Coli in Bangkok Tap Water


The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) confirmed last week that there is no E. coli bacterial contamination in Bangkok’s tap water. Jongkolnee Asuwet, the Water Quality Control Department director, said the tap water distributed by MWA meets World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Last month’s water quality test, carried out by Mahidol University, found the tap water to be free of E.

Vietnamese Vegetables at Higher Risk of E. Coli Contamination


Vegetables grown in Vietnam have a higher risk of being contaminated with E. coli since farmers in the country use sewage and muddy water taken from streams, lake and rivers to irrigate crops, according to Nguyen Cong Khan, chief of the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA).

Gadhafi’s Man-Made River the Big Prize in Libya War

CAIRO, Egypt

Libya’s Great Man-Made River -- a $33 billion USD irrigation system built by the country’s leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, to provide water from a vast underground aquifer in the desert for the country’s densely populated coastal belt -- could become a crucial element in his fight to preserve his embattled regime.

The GMMR, as the project is known, is the crowning glory of Gadhafi’s four decades in power, the showpiece of Libya’s revolution. Gadhafi himself calls it “the eighth wonder of the world.”  

Hailed as a masterpiece of engineering, it provides nearly 5 million cubic meters of water a day to the cities along the Mediterranean coast in northern Libya, where most of the country’s 6.5 million people live.

Libya is one of the driest countries in the world. Only 5 percent of the land gets at least 10 centimeters of rainfall a year. 

Water an Easier “Business Case” Than Sanitation: MCC

washington, dc, united states

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent United States foreign aid agency, combines sanitation funding with water because it is easier to make a “business case” for water, according to MCC Director of Infrastructure Dr. Barbara Hayes.

Egypt, Qatar to Cooperate on Water Resources Management

CAIRO, Egypt

 Egypt and Qatar have agreed on furthering cooperation in the field of water resources management.

The agreement came after a meeting in Cairo last week between Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hussein Al-Atfi and Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Vice-Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP). 

Kenya Ups Budget for Irrigation, Rainwater Harvesting

nairoBi, Kenya

The Kenyan government has increased its budgetary allocation for irrigation and rainwater harvesting, as the East African nation seeks to make the transition from rain-fed agriculture to a secure and sustainable means of food production.

Labor Violations Threaten Mtshabezi-Umzingwane Water Pipeline Project


 Work on the Mtshabezi-Umzingwane water pipeline, which will transport water to the city of Bulawayo, is likely to miss the October completion deadline amid complaints that Chinese contractors carrying out the project are violating labor laws and safety regulations.

KfW Allocates $520.6 Million USD for Irrigation Projects in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt

 German development bank KfW has approved $520.6 million USD in the form of a loan and a grant for reconstruction of New Assiut Barrage in southern (Upper) Egypt, and a number of irrigation projects in the northern governorates of Beheira and Kafr El-Sheikh, according to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.

Cadagua to Build Desalination Plant in Morocco


Spanish firm Cadagua, a member of the Ferrovial Group of companies, won a contract to design and build a desalination plant near the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

The project is worth some $86 million USD, the company said. The new reverse osmosis plant will be located in the industrial complex of Jorf Lasfar, 100 kilometers south of Casablanca. 

India to Spend $180 Million USD on Dar es Salaam Water Projects


 India has pledged $180 million USD in the form of a new line of credit to Tanzania for water supply projects in the city of Dar es Salaam.

The funds, authorized by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a tour of the East African nation in late May, are part of a wider plan by the increasingly powerful Asian nation to extend its influence in developing nations.

New Company to Manage Water System in Ghana


 Following the expiration of the management contract between the government of Ghana and Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL), the government has chosen a new operator, the Ghana Urban Water Limited (GUWL), to manage urban water delivery in Ghana.

Nestlé Wins 2011 SIWI Industry Water Award


 Switzerland-based Nestlé, the largest food and nutrition company in the world, won the 2011 Stockholm International Water Institute’s (SIWI) Stockholm Industry Water Award.

The company was selected based on its efforts to improve water management at its internal operations and in its supply chain, SIWI announced.