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Gold Mine's Cyanide Release Responsible for Death of 14 Cambodians?

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

Officials from Cambodia's ministries of Environment, and Mines and Energy are investigating gold mining company Rong Chheng, which is suspected of releasing cyanide waste into a water canal. The release may have resulted in the death earlier this month of at least 14 villagers and hospitalization of a further 300 in Kratie province.

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US Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON DC

The US Congress's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Friday introduced its biennial water resources legislation, setting up potential action on infrastructure at a time when President Trump’s broader rebuilding package appears to have hit a dead end. Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), ranking member Peter DeFazio(D-Ore.), and Reps.

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Contaminated Water Kills Six in Balochistan

ARAWAN

At least six people have died in the last four days after drinking contaminated water in District Awaran of Balochistan, according to Commissioner Kalat Division Muhammad Hashim Ghilzai. He also shared that currently 120 patients are being treated at Jam Ghulam Qadir Hospital, adding that the incident occurred in Tranchik, a village on the outskirts of Awaran.

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China Enforces Environmental Protection at Drinking Water Sources

BEIJING

Governments across China will launch inspections to find out how the environment around sources of drinking water has been protected, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said. The first round of inspections will target at 1,586 water sources and check safety conditions of drinking water.

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Arab League Advocates Rights-Based Approach to Water and Sanitation

BEIRUT

Ensuring clean water and adequate sanitation for everyone in the Arab world was the focus of a meeting of Arab government officials and water, sanitation and health experts. Participants highlighted the importance of pursuing the Arab strategy for water security 2010-2030 set by the Arab Ministerial Water Council of the Arab League.

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India Supreme Court Approves Cauvery Management Plan

NEW DELHI

India's Supreme Court has brushed aside objections from Karnataka to the proposed Cauvery Board that will oversee actual water-sharing arrangements under the Cauvery Water Tribunal Award between the riparian states and ordered the central government to notify it before the monsoons.

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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Vital to Ebola Prevention in Africa

ABUJA

WaterAid Nigeria has stressed the need for increased access to water, sanitation and good hygiene, saying these are key to the prevention of Ebola and other diseases threatening the nation and the African continent. Country Director of the organisation, Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye said unless Nigerians get access to the above, the fight against the deadly diseases might be futile.

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BRICS Nations Vow Enhanced Cooperation In Improving Water Infrastructure, Water Resource Management

DURBAN, South Africa

The Environment Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS nations) have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris accord in dealing with climate change worldwide.

Regarding water security, the ministers vowed to enhance cooperation and in improving national water infrastructure to secure and manage natural water sources.

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Pakistan Business Leader Calls For Emphasis On More Small Dams Ahead Of Mega Reservoirs

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Malik Sohail, Chairman of Coordination of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has said that conflicts over the construction of large dams in the country has wasted a lot of national resources, and that there should be greater emphasis on construction of small dams across the federation.

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Donetsk Water Filtration Station Comes Under Heavy Rocket Shelling. "Ceasefire Violations Must Stop Immediately": OSCE

DONETS, Ukraine

Despite explicit security guarantees provided by warring parties, the beleaguered Donetsk Water Filtration Station in Eastern Ukraine remains in grave danger amid continuous shelling, Ertugrul Apakan, the Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine claimed in a May 18 statement.

More than 300,000 people in the region depend on the Donetsk Filtration Station for drinking water.

Further OOSKAnews coverage here.

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Pakistan Delegation Approaches World Bank Re India's Contentious Kishanganga Dam Project

WASHINGTON, DC

The Pakistan government is to apprise the top World Bank officials this week about "serious concern" over inauguration of Kishanganga hydro power project by India, "in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty".

On May 19, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated the state run NHPC the project in Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian nation.

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Chinese Researchers Reuse Waste Cartons To Remove Heavy Metals From Water

BEIJING, China

Chinese researchers have developed a nano material using waste cartons that can remove a toxic heavy metal from water.

The breakthrough has provided a new means to control heavy metal contamination and recycling of waste cartons (Xinhua).

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Colombia: Mass Evacuations As Fears Grow Over Catastrophic Hidroituango Dam Failure

MEDELLIN, Colombia

Tens of thousands of residents evacuated villages on the banks of Colombia’s Cauca river last week after complications at the partially built Hidroituango dam, 170 kilometers north of Medellin and the country’s largest, led to a state of emergency among fears of a catastrophic burst.

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Thousands Of Fish Perish After Person Pees In Piscine Pedicure Pool. Pissed-off Proprietor Pledges Poisoning Prosecution

GUANGDONG, China

Thousands of fish died at a fish spa in Guangdong, China, after a customer reportedly urinated into a therapy foot tank.

Fish spa pedicure treatment, which has grown in popularity in recent years as a form of beauty therapy, involves customers placing their feet into a water tank filled with toothless fish – also known as "doctor fish" - which nibble dead skin away.

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Syrian Refugees: Additional Water For Jordan's Northern Provinces During Ramadan

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan's northern governorates, where water demand has increased by 40 per cent over the past seven years, are set to receive additional water to ease an expected surge in demand during the holy month of Ramadan and the hot season, the government's water authority said May 17.

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Selfie Mishap: Kenyan Governor Feels "Baptized" After River Bridge Collapses

MACHAKOS

A Kenyan county governor and the deputy of another county fell into a river on Friday morning. Machakos governor Alfred Mutua and Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi were on Friday morning “fished out of River Kuja after falling off a bridge in Ogembo,” the report said. The two men landed in the river whiles taking a selfie on the bridge.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweets To EPA Chief About Water Contamination: "Drink It Yourself Until You Tap Out Or Resign"

LOS ANGELES, CA

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has tweeted a proposition to Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt following reports about the administration's handling of a study containing warnings about toxins in water supplies.

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NASA Satellite Program Reports Unidentified Trends In Groundwater Sustainability

Washington DC

A new study by the US's National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) quantifies 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016, and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or other variables.

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