Weekly Water Report Middle East & Africa News and Articles

Local Disputes In Kenya Over Water Access

KUTUS

A bitter dispute has arisen between 33 families who were resettled at Ndomba village in 2015 and Kutus East Water supply project over a shared intake. The dispute has seen two family members arrested for interfering with the water intake in an effort to share the water equitably without the consent of the project owners.

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Limits Placed On Israel Company's Dead Sea Water Extraction

TEL AVIV

The Haifa District Court ruled on Monday, in response to a petition from environmental group Adam Teva V'Din, that the Dead Sea Works cannot continue to pump water from the sea to their industrial ponds without receiving water production licenses from the government that limits the quantities that may be pumped.

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Iran Prez Inaugurates Eastern Province Water Supply Projects

TEHRAN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated three major water supply projects during his recent visit to East Azerbaijan province. "There were three border waters projects, first one is Hajjilarchai Dam that was inaugurated by the president in his recent visit to East Azerbaijan.

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Tanzania Looks To Lake Victoria For Fresh Drinking Water Supply

DODOMA

The Tanzanian government intends to escalate drinking water projects around the south shore of the Lake Victoria in the coming years, as it progressively abandons the use of groundwater to pump fresh water into Lake Victoria.

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Oman To Invest $7 Billion USD In Clean Water, Sanitation

MUSCAT

Oman is set to invest $7 billion in the next 20 years – averaging $381 million per year - to develop wastewater treatment plants and extend sewage network lines across the country. A report by the Supreme Council for Planning revealed the huge level of investment which will be carried out through the National Strategy for the Use of Tertiary-treated Wastewater 2040 program.

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European Commission Supports Drought Relief In Horn Of Africa

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The European Commission is mobilizing a further $56 Million USD in emergency humanitarian funding to help people in the Horn of Africa, where prolonged drought is having devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods.

Further reading - OOSKAnews coverage of Horn of Africa

Iraq, Turkey Meet On Dams, Shared Water Resource Imperatives

BAGHDAD, Iraq

Meeting Turkish envoy Veysel Eroglu July 31 in Baghdad, Iraq President Barham Salih confirmed that the two countries’ water issues are shared priorities, and that a long-term solution that guaranteed the rights of both parties was required.

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GERD: Tripartite Talks To Resume; Dam Is Defended By Israeli Weaponry

CAIRO, Egypt

Ethiopia Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has expressed his country’s enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt and a commitment to resume negotiations on the contentious, and massive, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the River Nile.

More OOSKAnews Coveverage of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (30-plus articles)

At a Cairo meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last week, Gedu delivered a message from Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed communicating Ethiopia’s resolve to resume tripartite talks on GERD – which are expected to focus on implementation of the declaration of principles regarding water fills and operation of the dam.

Al-Sisi on this part reportedly returned greetings to Abiy Ahmed and expressed “hope for promoting various aspects of bilateral partnership between both sides”. Egypt has historically been particularly critical of the dam’s construction, arguing that it will reduce its legitimate share of River Nile water access, and thus threaten its water security.

The exchange of goodwill comes soon after, and perhaps in spite of, reports in Arab and Israeli media that Israeli firms, in May this year, installed an advanced “Spyder-MR” air defense system for GERD on behalf of Ethiopia, in the face of objections from the highest levels of Egypt’s government. There has been no official comment on these reports from the governments involved.

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Environmentalist Fury Over Massive Tanzania Hydro Project

DODOMA, Tanzania

Tanzania President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone for the Rufiji Hydropower Project (RHPP) at Stiegler’s Gorge July 26, reigniting protests by nature conservationists. RHPP is in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1982, the country’s largest wildlife area and home to significant populations of elephants and black rhinocerous, as well as cheetahs and giraffes.

Hyflux: Utico Plans To List On Singapore Exchange

SINGAPORE, Singapore

UAE utility Utico announced plans July 25 to list shares on the Singapore stock exchange. The hopeful “white knight” rescuer of debt-ridden environmental services company Hyflux Ltd is aiming to secure between $220 Million USD and $365 Million USD. Funds would be used to invest in water, renewable energy and high-tech projects in Singapore. Speculatively, the funds could also be used to defray the corporate cash outflow related to the potential investment in Hyflux.

More OOSKAnews Coverage Of Hyflux Ltd (100 plus Articles)

International Complacency Compounds Humanitarian Impact Of Drought In Horn Of Africa

OXFORD, United Kingdom

The Horn of Africa is once again in a drought that appears to be a new norm in the region, with more than 15 million people in need of urgent assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region, which hasn’t fully recovered from a drought in 2017, is once again facing a humanitarian crisis.

US Iran Sanctions Damage Iraq Water Resources?

BAGDHAD

While Iraq enjoys some waiver from the US-led sactions on Iran projects (such as electric power), the negative impact that sanctions on Iran have on Iraq’s water resources remains underexplored. US pressure has reinforced the importance of food self-sufficiency as a primary policy objective for Tehran. This policy has, in turn, led to the overexploitation of the country’s water resources.

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France Lends Morocco $58 Million USD For Urban And Rural Drinking Water Programs

RABAT

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Water (ONEE) have signed two loan agreements for MAD 536 million ($56 million) and MAD 10.7 million ($1.13 million). The funding from AFD will go towards a program run by the ONEE to improve access to drinking water in northern Morocco.

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Basra Health Crisis, Unrest Was Attributable To Lack Of Safe Water

BAGHDAD, Iraq

A new report from international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) describes last year’s hospitalization of 118,000 and associated violent protests in Basra, Iraq, as attributable to corruption and mismanagement of access to safe drinking water.

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