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Windhoek Introduces New Water Use Restrictions


The City of Windhoek once again announced a water crisis and is restricting hair saloons, car washes and construction sites from using too much water and has now moved from Category B, which means there was a need to be alert about the low water levels, to Category C, which shows that there is a drought, and water savings need to be increased to 10%.


Southern Russia Installs Card Operated Water Pump Systems


Southern Russia has become the latest region to install card-operated water pumps to cut down on water waste. Public utilities have introduced “smart” pumps that dispense water through pre-paid cards across Russia. The first such card-based pump has appeared in Krasnodar near the Black Sea coast this week.


80 Percent Of Breast Milk Samples In Brazil City Reveal Poisonous Agro-toxin


According to a recent study undertaken by Inacio Pereira Lima, a master's student in Women's Health at the Federal University of Piaui's (UFPI) Center of Health and Sciences, 83.4 percent of the breast milk samples taken in Urucui, Brazil were found to contain glyphosate or aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) or both substances.


UK's National Farmers' Union Launches Water Bank


The Water Bank follows an appeal by the National Farmers' Union to the Environment Agency (EA) at last week’s Agricultural Drought Summit for more flexibility in the abstraction licensing system. Water trading will be localised with donors and recipients needing to operate within the same hydrological unit meaning the same river or (part of) groundwater aquifer.


Guatemala Indigenous Communities Hit IADB With Ethics Complaint


Indigenous communities affected by Guatemala’s Pojom II and San Andrés dams filed a complaint August 7 before Inter-American Development Bank’s (IADB) independent accountability mechanism claiming that serious social and environmental damages caused by the planning and construction of the dams resulted from the projects’ failure to comply with the Bank’s operational policies.

India Minister Announces Five New River Interlinking Projects


The government is trying to start work on five river inter-linking projects in the current fiscal and secure financial assistance from the World Bank and the ADB for the Rs 2 lakh crore project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. Minister of State for Water Resources Arjum Ram Meghwal said that the government can move forward only when the issue of storage is resolved.


Ireland Hit By New European Commission Case Over Water Contamination


The European Commission has opened an infringement case against Ireland in the EU Court of Justice because it has continued to exceed the limits of trihalomethane contamination in drinking water supplies across the country. Trihalomethanes (THMs) are toxic compounds which occur as a result of a reaction between organic materials, like peaty soil, when chlorine is added as a disinfectant.


New AfDB Financing Opportunities For Zambia Water, Agriculture


An African Development Bank (AfDB) team of experts, led by Martin Fregene, director of agricultural infrastructure and Wambui Gichuri, director of water development and sanitation, visited Zambia from 23-27 July to identify businesses in the nation’s water and agriculture sectors and explore new financing opportunities for the country’s development.


Malaysia: Selangor Centralizes Water Infrastructure Ownership With SPLASH Acquisition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian state of Selangor has concluded purchase of all the water assets, treatment plants and pipes of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) through state-owned water company Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) for $614 million USD.

EDF Shuts Down Nuclear Reactors Because Water Is Too Hot

PARIS, France

Electricite de France (EDF) temporarily shut down four nuclear reactors August 4 in three plants because of Europe's continuing heatwave.

Two of the halted reactors belong to EDF's Bugey plant, one is located at St. Alban and one in Fessenheim near the German border.

Hyflux Tuaspring Sale: Sembcorp, Keppel, YTL Interested

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Singapore corporations Sembcorp and Keppel, and Malaysia's YTL, are understood to be among those interested in acquiring Hyflux's flagship Tuaspring desalination facility in Singapore. The plant is the largest in Southeast Asia with an estimated value of over $1 Billion USD. Hyflux is undertaking a major restructure to alleviate cash challenges.


China-Taiwan Water Transfer Commences Amid Continuing Political Tensions

TAIPEI, Taiwan

Kinmen Island, Taiwan, has started importing water from Fujian province in mainland China. Ceremonies marking the development were conducted both in Kinmen and Fujian.

Longhu Lake, Jinjiang, Fujian, the second largest in the province, will provide water for the project via a 28km undersea pipeline, delivering 34,000 cubic meters per day to Kinmen.

World Bank Supports Hydrometeorological Services Improvement In Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan

Washington, DC

The World Bank August 1 approved $11.5 Million USD additional loan financing to the Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP), supporting improved hydrometeorological services in The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, countries which are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and future climate change risks.


Climate Change Will Mean Higher Costs For UK Water Companies: Report


Britain’s water industry will face higher costs for treating and managing water supplies due to increasing occurrence of drought and flood resulting from climate change, according to a new report from the country’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Will Plant 10 Billion Trees

KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan’s new President Imran Khan’s manifesto included a pledge to plant 10 billion tree saplings within five years to address climate change challenges.

A tree-planting “tsunami” is planned to protect Pakistan’s landscape by reducing the risk of floods from melting glaciers in the north of the country.

Iraq, Iran To Cooperate On Shatt Al-Arab Dam To Address Scarcity?


Iraq's southern Basra province region is suffering from a severe water crisis, with many blaming upstream dams in Turkey, Syria and Iran for shrinkage of Tigris and Euphrates riverflow. A shortage of seasonal rainfall and poor infrastructure have exacerbated lack of freshwater, allowing saline incursion into farm land from the Arabian Gulf.

Global Warming May Increase South Asia River Water Flow


A wetter future awaits South Asia, says a new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Tide Turns In Kuwait-Iraq Water Relationship


At the turn of the last century, merchants in the nascent port city of Kuwait began retrofitting their dhows to carry cargo far more precious than the pearls they took to the east or the spices they brought back: water. Today, the roles have been reversed.