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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.


Ethiopia Dam Threatens Kenya Food Supplies


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.


Daesh Blocks Aleppo Drinking Water Access


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.


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


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


Archbishop of Cape Town Describes Water "Inequality"


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.


Uhuru Criticises Raila Over Itare Project


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.


Scientists Study Himalayas Permafrost


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.


African Water Facility Supports Rwanda to Maximize Water, Sanitation Investments


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.


Sierra Leone: Don’t Play Politics with Water


Chairman of the Water Resources Committee in Parliament Hon. Swailu Koroma on Tuesday told the people of Baoma Community that the water provided for them is for the entire community and they should not politicise it because the water doesn’t have any political colour.


Limpopo Project: Work Resumes After Industrial Dispute


Disillusioned workers at the Limpopo presidential water project in Giyani have resumed work after a month-long standoff with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Mokonyane’s department, which is responsible for bulk water in SA, owes a Midrand based company called Khato Civils a service fee amounting to R256 million.


Raqqa Water Supply Struck by Syria Coalition

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Water supply to Raqqa in northern Syria, which is regarded as the Islamic State / Daesh group's Syrian “capital”, has been cut after suspected coalition raids on the city's main pipeline.

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.


$500-million Pipeline Project from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe


A new day is dawning for the people of Malawi with a multimillion dollar project to pipe water from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe, the capital city. The project is set to stimulate the economy and create vibrant, equitable and sustainable communities in the country with 17 million people and is also known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.


Giant Nets Harvest Fog in Morocco


For rural communities living around Mount Boutmezguida in Morocco's Anti-Atlas mountain range, water is scarce and precious. It's one of the driest areas in the country, and it's further affected by climate change. However, an NGO,Dar Si Hmad, teamed up with the German Water Foundation to install the world's biggest fog-harvesting project.