Heads of Russia’s 63 regional and metropolitan water utilities, who met in Sochi in mid-April, took on the acrimonious subject of water tariffs in the country.
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The farmers of Uzbekistan’s Jizak province will face a severe water deficit this year, and they will pay fines or bear criminal responsibility if they do not use water economically, according to Provincial Governor Sayfiddin Ismailov.
The interregional environmental prosecutor’s office of the Volga River Basin has announced that, after a crackdown over the past 12 months, the year has shown a dramatic reduction in pollution along the course of the river.
The Bulgarian Environment Ministry made $1.7 million USD in 2010 from concessions of mineral water sources around the country. The ministry handed over 26 concessions of a total of 40 mineral water springs. One year ago, Environment Minister Nona Karadzhova said she would authorize local authorities to offer on concessions on about 60 mineral water springs of the 102 in the country.
A regional subsidiary of water and wastewater network builder Water Ser has filed for bankruptcy. Water Ser Lõuna-Eesti’s financial difficulties are the result of over-borrowing and excessive leasing liabilities assumed during better economic times. The company went from $306,000 USD in profits in 2009 to owing some $74,000 USD in taxes.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak recently defended the country’s controversial Four Rivers Project, saying, “Many people have criticized the four-river restoration project but everybody will support it when they see the project completed this fall.”
The Philippines is willing to take up a Belgian firm’s troubled dredging contract worth $430 million USD with the Belgian government, creating an opening for a diplomatic solution that could prevent the dispute from turning into a costly international arbitration case.
The Laotian government agreed last week to postpone construction of the controversial $3.8 billion USD Xayaburi Hydroelectric Dam. It would be the first dam constructed on the lower Mekong River.
Five water supply and wastewater tenders issued by the Hong Kong government are closing this month.
The project for “Replacement and rehabilitation of water mains, stage 4 phase 1 - mains in Eastern and Southern Districts,” closes on May 6.
An Asian fund floated by multilateral financial institutions and the private sector secured $69 million USD in funds in its first close.
The Singapore-headquartered Asia Water Fund was launched by anchor investors the International Finance Corp (IFC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Malaysia’s Kumpulan Wang Persaraan and AmBank Group.