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Kenya Graft Probe Will Investigate Dodgy Hyacinth Harvester

KISUMU

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the procurement of a Sh76 million water hyacinth harvester. The machine, procured by Lake Victoria Environment Management Project and funded by the national government and the World Bank, stalled immediately it was bought.

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Military Intervention In Polluted Vaal River Receives Cash Boost

CAPE TOWN

The SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) intervention at the severely polluted Vaal River has received a whopping R240m cash injection, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) heard on Wednesday. However, there is still a shortfall. Provincial head of the department, Sibusiso Mthembu, said R1.1bn was needed to fix 39 pump stations and three water treatment plants in the Vaal.

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Draft Cape Town Water Strategy Emphasizes "Wise Use"; Reliable Supply; Water Resource Optimization; Creation Of A "Water Sensitive" City

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

The City of Cape Town, South Africa, released its draft water strategy this week, opening the plan to public comment. The strategy comes in the wake of an unprecedented three-year drought when the city famously approached a "Day-Zero" for water supply, and is meant to direct the city towards greater water resilience.

Israel Attacks On Gaza Infrastructure Exact A Human Cost

GAZA CITY

Israel’s targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire impacts on human welfare and livelihoods in both locations, a new report by researchers at Duke University and the University of New Hampshire shows.

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Smithsonian Mag Feature Documents The History Of Well Poisoning

WASHINGTON DC

Since the dawn of conflict, armed groups have targeted water as both a tactic and potential weapon of war. In savaging rivers, wells, lakes and more, attacking troops punish locals for their lack of support—or render the land useless if facing imminent defeat.

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Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Leaders Commit To GERD Cooperation

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have confirmed commitment to reach consensus on outstanding technical issues surrounding the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

At the annual African Union conference hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week, Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Sudan President Omar el-Bashir and Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed committed to support continuing technical negotiations and to enhance mutual cooperation.

$5 Billion USD Needed To Support Lake Chad Basin Areas Afflicted By Boko Haram Insurgency

N'DJAMENA, Chad

The Chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Suleiman Adamu, has said that non-payment of contributions by member-nations to the Commission has become a “recurring issue” that is affecting the organization’s Secretariat.

The Commission is an intergovernmental organization that oversees water and other natural resource usage in the basin.

Dubai Minister Outlines Water Efficiency Initiative

DUBAI

Water security is a global issue that all countries must get ahead of, Dubai’s Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer warned on Monday, as he laid out Dubai’s 2036 plan for tackling the challenge.

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African Union Urges WASH Implementation In Somalia

ADDIS ABABA

The African Union (AU) has urged its partners in Somalia to engage in quick impact projects to confront issues related to the lack of sanitation and safe water facilities in the eastern African nation, AU Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui said on Monday.

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South Sudan Water Conflict Containment Efforts Continue

AWEIL, South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hosted a rally in Aweil State last week to reinforce efforts to contain tension over water resources between pastoralists and farmers.

Japan Seeks To Assist Africa's Blue Economy

NAIROBI

In a new interview Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, explains the importance of the "blue economy" in Africa and how Japan's technology, research and development capacities can help develop new resources in aquaculture and deep sea mining.

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Libya: Fungi Causes Mass Fish Death In Lake

TRIPOLI

Toxic marine fungi have been killing off scores of freshwater fish in Libya’s Wadi Kaam lake, located east of Tripoli, due to high levels of pollution, record-low temperatures and over-population. Scientists at the Asmaria Islamic University in the nearby town of Zliten have been running tests on fishes that have been washed up on the lake shore.

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Kabul River Struggles With Pollution, Transnational Tensions

KABUL

With flotsam, tonnes of plastic in the form of bags, bobbing forks, knives, even spoons, bowls and plates, the once happy Kabul River (KR), meandering across the city, is nothing more than a sewer. Where it meets the Indus at Attock, it is a ravaged and emotionless grey. “The difference is all too stark,” says Azeem Shah, regional researcher at International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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SAB Beer Truck Torched By Water Protesters

OLIFANTSHOEK

A South African Breweries truck has been looted and set alight by angry protestors in Olifantshoek, which is in the Northern Cape. This comes after the community embarked on protest action on Tuesday, claiming that they have not received any water from the Gamagara Local Municipality. Over 300 locals took part in the protest and barricaded the N14 road with rocks and tyres.

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Switzerland Aid Agency Has Helped Eight Million People Get Better Access To Clean Drinking Water, Efficient Irrigation Systems

BERN

Switzerland has helped eight million people get better access to clean drinking water and efficient irrigation systems for agriculture. Presenting its mid-term report on 2017-2020 targets, SDC also highlighted providing hygienic toilet facilities to three million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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China-Constructed Boreholes Bring Clean Drinking Water To 500,000 Ghanians

ACCRA

The Chinese Government has handed over 1,029 boreholes it constructed across 10 regions of Ghana to the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to enhance access to potable water by rural communities towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal-Six.

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UNICEF Seeks $180 Million USD For South Sudan Humanitarian Relief

JUBA

The United Nations children's agency is appealing for $180 million to meet the humanitarian needs of more than 800,000 women and children in South Sudan. A top UNICEF official in South Sudan said the signing of a revitalized peace deal in September 2018 laid the groundwork for improved conditions in the country, but that more than 4.4 million children alone still need assistance.

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