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Traces Of 29 Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In UK Rivers

YORK

Traces of 29 pharmaceutical drugs have been found in rivers in York. The compounds included antidepressants, antibiotics and medicines to treat epilepsy and diabetes. The York University team which conducted the study said although the levels found in the rivers Ouse and Foss were extremely low, there were concerns over the long-term implications of the findings.

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South Africa Utility Execs Face Fury Over Vegas Conference Visit

DURBAN

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has lambasted the Umgeni Water board for sending interim board members and other officials on an expensive trip to Las Vegas in the US while the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) faces financial difficulty.

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Saudi Coalition Forces Strike Yemen Cholera Treatment Center

GENEVA, Switzerland

Saudi-led Arab coalition forces were behind a June 11 airstrike that hit a newly constructed Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) cholera treatment center (CTC) in Abs, Yemen.

The facility was empty at the time because it had not yet received any cholera patients so no staff or patients were injured or killed, according to the humanitarian organization.

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Australia: Mining Giant Seeks To Avoid Federal Scrutiny Of Water Diversion Plan

CANBERRA, Australia

Indian mining giant Adani has been accused of seeking to dodge federal scrutiny of its plan to build a pipeline pumping billions of liters of water from the Suttor River in the state of Queensland, 60 percent of which has been drought-declared since 2013, to service its proposed Carmichael coal mine.

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Pressure Grows On USEPA To Publish Suppressed Chemical Contamination Study

WASHINGTON, DC

A growing list of US lawmakers are demanding release of a suppressed study that details concerns about toxic chemicals in the drinking water of millions of Americans.

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Israel To Replenish Sea Of Galilee With Desalinated Water

Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel’s Cabinet approved, June 9, a $30 Million USD initiative to replenish water levels in the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Kinneret) with desalinated water.

By 2022, the country will pump up to 100 million cubic meters of desalinated seawater annually directly into the lake.

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Ireland's Water Contamination Levels Lag Behind EU Compliance Deadline

DUBLIN, Ireland

In its annual report the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland has said that it expects drinking water to comply with European Union standards but not until 2020, which will be 16 years after the EU’s deadline for compliance.

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New Technology Improves Fog Capture Efficiency

BOSTON MA, United States

Research engineers at US's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a simple, low-cost technology to extract water from water vapor and fog which could become a significant source of clean, safe drinking water for coastal cities where seawater is used to cool local power plants.

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Jordan Water Authority Meets UK Delegation re: Dam Project

AMMAN

Secretary General of the Jordan Water Authority Eyad Dhayyat on Saturday met with a British government delegation to discuss water issues in Jordan, the ongoing project of the Kofranja dam and its positive impact as a major water reservation storage in Jordan.

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Nigeria: Lawmaker Accused Of $3 Million USD Water Contract Scam

ABUJA

A human rights advocacy group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called for the prosecution of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, over the allegation of N1.1bn water contract scam.

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China Company To Build $18 Million USD Fountain In Dubai

DUBAI

Nakheel has revealed that it has awarded a contract worth $18 million for a spectacular, choreographed fountain at The Pointe to one of China’s largest fountain specialists, Beijing Water Design. The water display will be a major attraction at the new $218 million waterfront dining and entertainment destination on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah.

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Murray-Darling Basin: No New NSW Dams Projected

SYDNEY NSW

Water NSW says new dams are not part of its 20 year plan, released this week, which instead looks at other ways of saving water such as piping, channels and mid-river storage points. The NSW Government has looked into the crystal ball to think about what water resources and infrastructure its population will need in rural valleys in the next 20 to 30 years.

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Zimbabwe Needs $8 Billion USD For Water Infrastructure

HARARE

Zimbabwe requires about US$8 billion to construct 37 major water infrastructure facilities, including dams and water purification structures to meet the increasing demands of the growing urban population. Apart from household consumption, the facilities will feed into electricity generation and irrigation. Several investors have since shown interest in funding water infrastructure.

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Nigeria Minister Says Water Bill Should Not Be Politicized

ABUJA

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says the National Water Resources Bill is consistent with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Land Use Act, and urged Nigerians to disregard misleading allegations.

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Optimism From Islamabad After Delegation Visits World Bank; Water Is Pakistan's "Jugular Vein"

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Office has said the matter of river waters is as important to it as a jugular vein, but that the country wants to resolve all issues with India through dialog

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Donetsk Water Station Resumes Operations After Most Recent Shelling

DONETSK, Ukraine

The Ukraine State Emergency Service has reported resumption of water supply to residents after operations at the beleagured Donetsk water filtration system came back online after conflict had once again forced a shutdown of the facility.

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Chile: Massive ENAPAC Solar Desal Project Secures Initial Investment

SANTIAGO, Chile

Chile's TRENDS Industrial and Almar Water Solutions of the UAE last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on development of a massive solar powered desalination project for the Atacama region in Chile.

Upon completion, the $500 Million USD ENAPAC project will be one of the largest solar desalination projects in the world.

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