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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.


Historic Mexican Church Exposed


A 16th-century church in Oaxaca, Mexico, has resurfaced from a reservoir thanks to a severe drought. The church was first submerged when the dam was built in the 1960s. It has since then re-emerged partially every year, but it has been completely exposed this year after an extended drought.


Decades-old Mexico-US Treaty Threatened Under Trump Administration


The United States’ relations with Mexico continues to sour as President Donald Trump pushes back on issues like immigration. However, for places like Texas, water also remains a point of contention for the two countries. "This is a bad deal for the United States,” said Texas Rep. Lyle Larson, of San Antonio, who also serves on the Southwestern States Water Commission.


Argentina’s Never-ending Environmental Disaster


Is it possible to spend 5.2 billion dollars to clean up a river which is just 64-km-long and get practically no results? Argentina is showing that it is.


Climate Change, Peru: 20 Dead as Floods Replace Droughts


Severe droughts gripping Peru have given way to some of the country’s most devastating downpours in decades, catching authorities off guard as they scramble to contain the kind of floods that climate change is expected to make more frequent.


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.

Water Protests Continue in Mexico


The gasolinazo protests, which erupted in Mexico early this month over the slashing of gasoline subsidies, continue throughout the country. In Baja California, these protests have coincided with enormous social anger over PAN (National Action Party) state Governor Francisco Vega’s attempt to ram through legislation that would privatize water services and implement severe rate increases.

“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.


Hybrid Solar and Wind Project to Focus on Desalination


The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), has signed a $15 million concessionary loan agreement for the development of a hybrid solar and wind generation project in the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda.