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New Zealand: Anger as Lakes Tapped for Bottled Water


A plan to extract millions of litres of water out of a Unesco world heritage site, send it by pipe to the coast and ship it to foreign markets for bottling has ignited a campaign over water resources in New Zealand.


IAEA Highlights Importance of Fresh Water Conservation


The theme of World Water Day 2017 —Why waste water? —highlights the importance of conserving our limited freshwater resources. As more of the world’s population moves to urban areas, water conservation and reuse are ever more critical as part of efforts to provide adequate water and sanitation for all.


OOSKAnews Voices: Valuing Water as the Business Case for Stewardship


OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this article, Ed Pinero states the business rationale for good water stewardship.


Ransomware Used to Seize Control of Simulated Water Plant


Cyber security researchers at Georgia Tech University have created a new form of ransomware that can take over the controls of simulated water treatment plant, highlighting the vulnerabilities than can be found in industrial control systems.


Black Sea Turns Green Near Sevastopol


Residents of the city of Sevastopol said that the water in the Round Bay of the Black Sea turned green. The people promptly informed EMERCOM of the phenomenon. "In the waters of the Round Bay, an unknown substance colored the sea water lettuce-green. Water samples have been taken and sent for analysis," an official said.


Will Central Asia Fight Over Water Resources?


Water has always been a major cause of wars and border conflicts in the Central Asian region. Modern history of the region has been fueled with various ethnic and territorial clashes. Apparently, the main catalysts behind conflicts have been attempts to take control of rich water resources.


Ukraine: Fighting Disables Avdiivka Supply


Intense fighting in the Ukraine town of Avdiivka on 29th and 30th January disabled electricity and water, including the Donetsk Filtration Station and a backup reservoir, according to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF).

USAID’s 2015 Water Activities Reviewed


According to their recent report, Safeguarding the World’s Water the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invested $499,995,179 in water-related programming in 54 countries in 2015. The agency’s fiscal year review details how it has attempted to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) indicators, manage water for agriculture more sustainably, and improve food security.


Nestle Report: Local Habits and Consumption


Water needs is a common ground across populations and cultures according to the survey;but local habits and knowledge still affect water consumption. Kantar TNS and Nestle Waters have published a new survey on attitudes about water consumption in seven countries: China, France, Italy, Mexico, the UK, the US and Turkey.

“UN-Water” – a World Water Day Campaign

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

UN-Water, a coagulation of United Nations agencies, has declared that World Water Day (22nd March, 2017) is “all about wastewater, and how we should be reducing and reusing it rather than letting it go down the drain”, encouraging individuals to “download your inspiration” and “share what you are doing” ( www.worldwaterweek.org)

OOSKAnews Youth Voices: Water in Honduras


OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this article a young professional in the water sector shares his experience and views with respect to water issues in his home country.


Continued Thirst for Water ETFs


As an investment theme, water seems like an obvious winner. People around the world are consuming more of it and—barring any huge breakthroughs in desalination—fresh water is a limited resource. But while the value of water is crystal clear, strategies for investing in it can get murky.


Trump Water Not for All

Washington, DC, United States

United States President Donald J. Trump has, among other assets, a “luxury” bottled water product. The President’s nominee for administrator of the United States Environmental Agency (USEPA), Scott Pruitt, facing a confirmation hearing last week with US lawmakers, was confronted during the hearing with a bottle of Trump Water.

UN Climate Change Conference - Water Focus

Marrakesh, Morocco

In November, OOSKAnews attended and reported on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Marrakesh.  OOSKAnews met with a number of "water community" participants and attendees in the context of efforts to promote the water agenda in the global climate discussion. OOSKAnews coverage of the event can be found here.

These audio interviews with COP22 participants and attendees can be heard as follows: 

Dogan Altinbilek, Vice President, World Water Council

Karin Lexen,  Director World Water Week, International Processes and Prizes, Stockholm International Water Institute

Eduardo Mansur, Director, Land and Water Division, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

John Matthews, Coordinator, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Hennane Sillali, Programme Manager, International Secretariat for Water / Solidarity for Water Europe

Lisa te Heu Heu, Pacific Region Representative, Global Steering Committee, International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change