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Lake Malawi - Lilongwe Pipeline - No Feasibility Study Yet

LILONGWE, Malawi
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Fighting Puts Syria IS-Held Dam at 'Risk of Collapse'

RAQQA

Fighting at a dam in Syria held by the Islamic State group has put the water barrier at risk of a catastrophic collapse, a technical source said. The ongoing clashes at Tabqa dam have damaged its power station, forcing a halt to operations on Sunday, risking dangerous rising water levels.

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New Zealand: Anger as Lakes Tapped for Bottled Water

LONDON

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.

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Non-Rainfall Water in Namib Desert Has Unexpected Origins

INDIANAPOLIS IN

In a study conducted in one of the world's oldest and most biologically diverse deserts, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scientists explore the origins of water other than rainfall and are identifying multiple origins.

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No Feasibility Study Yet for Lake Malawi to Lilongwe Pipeline

LILONGWE

There has been no feasibility study yet for the construction of water pipeline from Salima to Lilongwe to tap water from Lake Malawi, Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) who owns the contract has confirmed.

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IAEA Highlights Importance of Fresh Water Conservation

VIENNA

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.

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OOSKAnews Voices: Valuing Water as the Business Case for Stewardship

LANCASTER, PA

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.

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Morocco to Play Key Role in Africa’s Access to Water and Sanitation

SKHIRAT

Speaking at the opening of the African Water Association conference in Skhirat, the General Director of the Moroccan Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Ali Fassi Fihri, noted that this African Water Summit, one of the first inter-African meetings following the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), confirms Morocco’s commitment to strengthening South-South cooperation, parti

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Ransomware Used to Seize Control of Simulated Water Plant

ATLANTA, GA

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.

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Ethiopia Dam Threatens Kenya Food Supplies

NAIROBI

Falling water levels in Lake Turkana due to development of dams in Ethiopia are threatening food supplies in a part of Kenya where drought is already causing hunger, the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch warned on Tuesday. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows a drop of about 1.5 metres in the lake’s water levels since January 2015.

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Daesh Blocks Aleppo Drinking Water Access

DAMASCUS

Daesh terrorist group militants again blocked access for Syrian Aleppo residents to drinking water from the Al-Khafsa water treatment facility, the province's governor, Hussein Diyab, said Wednesday.

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Archbishop of Cape Town Describes Water "Inequality"

LONDON

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has said the problem of water supply and sanitation illustrates why South Africa “is one of the most unequal countries in the world.” The Archbishop also described the problem of drought as one of the biggest risks facing South Africa’s businesses – causing food shortages, price increases and the loss of jobs for casual workers.

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Uhuru Criticises Raila Over Itare Project

NAIROBI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised ODM leader Raila Odinga over his opposition to the multi-million-shilling Itare Dam Water Supply Project in Nakuru and said that it will go on as planned despite attempts to stop it.

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Scientists Study Himalayas Permafrost

KATHMANDU

In the hottest-ever year of 2016, a team of top climatologists began research in the Indian Himalayas, one of the coldest regions in the world, believing it won't remain the same. Their aim was to map permafrost, the ground that remains below 0 degree Celsius for more than two consecutive years.

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African Water Facility Supports Rwanda to Maximize Water, Sanitation Investments

ABIDJAN

The African Water Facility (AWF) provided a grant of close to €2 million to the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to support the development of a 25-year national water supply and sanitation masterplans that will guide the achievement of national universal access for water supply and sanitation through the identification of effective water supply and sanitation projects.

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