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Was Flint’s Legionnaires’ Epidemic Caused by Low Chlorine Levels?


From 2014 to 2017, residents of Flint also suffered the third largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in U.S. history, with at least 87 people infected and 12 dead. Now, a new study adds support to the idea that a drop in chlorine levels in the water supply may have sparked the epidemic.


Oman Tenders Large Desal Project


Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) has initiated the pre-qualification process for developers to set up a new large independent water project (IWP) in Ghubra. The proposed water desalination plant will have a capacity to produce 300,000 cubic metres of water per day. Once completed, it could be the largest IWP in Oman.


Israel Destroys Water Pipes in Jordan Valley


Israeli bulldozers destroyed water lines that supplies tens of acres of Palestinian-owned lands in the northern Jordan Valley area. Moataz Basharat, a senior official who monitors Israeli settlement activities noted that the targeted Palestinian lands were recently recovered by its owners from the Israeli settlers following a decision that was announced by the Israeli Supreme Court in 2014.


UK Water Utilities Claim Nationalization Could Cost $126 Billion USD


Nationalising the water industry could cost taxpayers up to £90 billion, a cross-party think tank has claimed. The Social Market Foundation think-tank estimated the figure at the request of companies including Anglian Water, Severn Trent and South West Water.


Floods and Landslides Hit Jakarta Region After Heavy Rains


Torrential rain has caused floods and landslides in satellite cities around the Indonesian capital, with the authorities warning that floods could hit Jakarta late yesterday after being forced to open sluice gates on a major upstream reservoir. The authorities were forced to release water from a reservoir upstream in the city of Bogor as water levels prompted the highest alert.


World Cup: Russia Stadiums Are Water Efficient


Football’s governing body, FIFA, has announced that the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow has passed the BREEAM international certificate awarded to sustainable buildings. As the latest football World Cup inches closer, the main venue hosting the games has had to meet strict sustainability criteria.


Hong Kong Must Raise Water Price to Tackle "Runaway Consumption": Dutch Envoy


Water use will be the most immediate environmental challenge after climate change for Pearl River Delta cities, with Hongkongers using twice as much per capita as the rest of the world, the Netherlands’ top representative for international water issues says.


Cape Town Desal Firm Scores Saudi Contract


A Cape Town desalination company has won a R5-billion contract for a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The contract to design‚ build and operate the plant was awarded to GrahamTek by The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)‚ which operates several water treatment plants across Saudi Arabia.


653 Villages in Kyrgyzstan Will Be Provided With Clean Drinking Water


The Kyrgyz government plans to lay on a drinking water supply system in 653 villages, which requires about $ 432 mln, Deputy Prime Minister, Daiyr Kenekeev said at a meeting of the parliamentary faction Respublika Ata Jurt.


Nicaragua Must Pay Costa Rica $380,000 USD for Wetlands Damage and Withdraw Troops

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague ruled Friday that Costa Rica owns the north side of Isla Portillo and that Nicaragua must end its military presence in the area. The ruling also determined the marine borders between the two countries.


Iran: 100 Water, Wastewater Plans to Come on Stream


In the current week marking the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, 100 water and wastewater plans in urban and rural areas worth over 100 trillion rials ($2.1 billion) will come on stream, the energy minister said.


Continuing Drought Will Damage Northern Province Wheat Yield


Farmers in northern Balkh province are concerned at inadequate snowfall this year, fearing that continued drought will damage their crops. In most parts of northern Afghanistan, including Balkh, the time for crop cultivation on rain-fed land is over, they say. More snowfall and rains are unlikely, the growers believe.


Scientists Demand "Radical Change" to Murray-Darling Basin Plan


A call from 12 prominent scientists and economists for radical change to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been rejected by the basin authority. The group signed a declaration in Adelaide on Monday saying that billions of dollars spent so far had failed to achieve better water flows.

Cauvery Dispute: Supreme Court Verdict Likely Today


Even as Karnataka gears up for state elections and even as the Tamil Nadu government teeters due to factional infighting, all eyes are on today's expected Supreme Court (SC) verdict on the decades-old festering dispute over the waters of the Cauvery river between the two states.


Mekong River Commission to Revise Dam Guidelines


Hydropower developers and representatives of the Mekong River Commission member countries met last week for the last time before finalising guidelines to mitigate the negative impacts of dam construction on the Mekong River, though conservationists expressed doubts about whether such guidelines would make a difference.


Wetlands Conservation Brings Economic Prosperity: Minister


Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Thursday delivered his message in connection with World Wetlands Day being celebrated today (Friday). In his message, the minister said that the day is celebrated each year on February 2 to raise awareness about extremely valuable ecosystem that continue to be among the most threatened.