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Tajikistan Will "Not Leave Its Neighbors Without Water": Prez

TASHKENT

Tajikistan has no time to leave its neighbors without water as confirmed by the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon after talks with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

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WWF Issues New Water Stewardship Brief

GENEVA, Switzerland

International NGO WWF this week released an “update” of its 2013 Water Stewardship Brief paper. The initial document outlined a vision of water stewardship, but was also intended to be a roadmap for the future.

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Don't Swim In The River Jordan? Leptospirosis Hospitalizes Dozens

TEL AVIV, Israel

Health authorities in Israel are considering making more rivers and streams in the Golan Heights off-limits to the public after more than 60 people were hospitalized with suspected leptospirosis. The Jordan has been added to the list of suspected sites after five teenagers were hospitalized with the infection after canoeing in the river.

Michigan Health Director Charged Over Flint Deaths

FLINT, United States

The State of Michigan has ordered the state's Director of Health and Human Services to stand trial for the deaths of two men from Legionnaires' disease in 2015.

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Brazil State Declares Drought Emergency

MACEIO

Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas has declared a 180-day state of emergency after dozens of cities in the region experienced water shortages that have affected more than 200,000 people. Local farmers are experiencing a shortfall in tobacco and corn yields and its very different from last year's harvest when corn, beans and cassava were completely sold out.

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Poor Infrastructure, Corruption Blamed For Iraq Water Crisis

BAGHDAD

Iraqi people have drawn attention to the lack of infrastructure and corruption among government officials as the main sources of the current electricity and water crisis that is devastating the country, rejecting reports suggesting that Ankara's water policies are aggravating the problem.

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China Leaders Meet To Tackle Pollution Concerns

BEIJING

China should step up efforts to win the battle against pollution and tackle key environmental issues, said Wang Yang, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who presided over the opening meeting of the third session of the Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.

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Catastrophic Consequences Of Kerala Flooding Avoidable?

DELHI, India

Experts have claimed that the devastation caused by monsoon floods in Kerala, India would have been less severe if dam water had been released in preceding months. Catastrophic flooding killed at least 370 people and displaced 780,000 in the south western state.

South Africa: Lack Of Investment Blamed For Vaal River System Contamination

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

The Water and Sanitation Committee of the parliament of South Africa reported this week that "lack of investment in maintenance of the sewage infrastructure” by the Sedibeng District and Emfuleni municipalities has led to the crumbling infrastructure and contamination of the Vaal River System, a tributary of the Orange River and vital source of irrigation water for some of South Africa’s riches

USEPA Receives $9.1 Billion USD In Letters Of Interest For WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loans

WASHINGTON, United States

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced this week that it had received 62 letters of interest (LOIs) collectively requesting $9.1 Billion USD in loans from a wide range of prospective borrowers in response to the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability.

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European Expats Will Fundraise For Pakistan Dams

LAHORE, Pakistan

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar is to visit the United Kingdom and other European countries to speak to expat Pakistanis about water scarcity in the country and discuss fundraising for dam building in Pakistan from overseas Pakistanis.

Emergency Fuel Supplies For Gaza Water, Sanitation Are Critically Low: UN

GAZA, Palestinian Territory

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, called August 20 on the donor community to immediately fund the procurement of emergency fuel to prevent essential services in the Gaza Strip from shutting down completely.

ADB Approves $300 Million USD For Philippine PPPs

MANILA

The Asian Development Bank will extend to the Philippines a $300 million USD loan aimed at boosting private sector participation in the Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

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Arizona Residents Fear Another Sewage Burst In Mexico Pipeline

NOGALES

Some residents of Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, spewing millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days.

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Madagascar Announces China Funding For 200 Boreholes

ANTANANARIVO

A Chinese-funded initiative seeks to drill about 200 boreholes – mainly in the southwest region. When complete, the project will enable more than 300,000 people to access clean water. The country’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina unveiled the first phase of the project on August 17 giving the Malagasy people hope that their water troubles will soon be a thing of the past.

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Construction Starts On China Funded Treatment Plants Project In Dhaka

DHAKA

The construction of a China-funded mega sewage treatment plant started on Sunday. The project agreement was signed between Dhaka WASA (Water Supply & Sewerage Authority) and Hydro China Corporation.

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Lagos State Looks To PPP For Water Supply

LAGOS, Nigeria

The Water Corporation of Lagos, Nigeria has denied that the government plans to privatize water supply in Lagos State. The Corporation's Managing Director Muninu Badmus said August 17 that while a public-private-partnership (PPP) model was under consideration, but no contract has been awarded as the initiative was still in the bidding stage.

Nevada State Rejects Las Vegas Pipeline Plan

RENO

The Nevada Division of Water Resources on August 17 denied water rights applications that the Southern Nevada Water Authority needs to support a pipeline that would move rural groundwater to Las Vegas. The ruling denies previously approved applications from the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump groundwater from four rural valleys in the eastern part of the state.

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Tanzania: All Villagers To Be Arrested After Water Pipes Destroyed

DAR ES SALAAM

Tanzanian police plan to arrest all the residents of a village in the country’s south after water pipes were destroyed by a mob. “They committed economic sabotage. The government has disbursed money, installed water pipes and they destroyed them! We cannot accept that,” regional commander Ulrich Matie said.

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California Water Services Fails To Buy San Jose Water

SAN JOSE

The big California water war ended today when California Water Services surrendered in its attempt to buy San Jose Water. California Water’s change in direction came four days after it raised its all-cash bid for San Jose Water to $70 a share, a 33.6 percent premium over SJW’s closing price in April a day before it began its takeover bid with a $68.25 per share bid worth $1.9 billion.

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