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Tribunal Ends 50 Year India Water Dispute


The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal ended a 50 year water dispute among the Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka August 14. According to the tribunal's final verdict, Goa will get the largest share of water followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Cambodia Government Expands Rural Water Supply


During a visit to a water processing plant in Pursat province, Industry Minister Cham Prasidh said that providing clean water to rural areas is going to be the focus for the new government in September. “We do not only focus on the supply of water in central areas, but also in rural areas because water is life,” Mr Prasidh said.


Climate Change Responsible For China Glacial Lake Burst


Climate change is responsible for the August 10 burst of a glacial lake in China's wetern Xinjiang Uigur autonomous region, campaigners have said.

The burst released floodwater into the Yarkant River Basin and there has been local evacuation, but no casualties have been reported, according to Chinese state media.

Tokyo Tests Water Sprinklers As Street Cooling Mechanism


Authorities in Tokyo conducted tests using water sprinklers on its streets on Monday (Aug 13) to see if it could effectively reduce high temperatures expected during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Games, which will take place from Jul 24 to Aug 9, will be held when temperatures can hit 37 degrees Celsius, with humidity climbing to more than 80 per cent.


Mixed Reaction To Delhi's Sewage-River Water Mixing Plan


The Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) proposal to produce potable water from sewage treatment plants (STPs) after mixing the treated water with Yamuna’s water has raised eyebrows of city-based activists.


South Africa Considers Ban On Microbeads


South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs is to consider a total ban on manufacture, importation and use of microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting.


Toxic Algae Threaten Sweden's Drinking Water


Toxic blue-green algae blooms are creating problems at Swedish water treatment plants as Europe's heatwave persists. The blooms thrive at higher temperatures and water purifiers are at risk of failing to filter toxic substances that have large accumulations of cyanobacteria. Drinking water containing excessive amounts of cyanobacteria can cause stomach problems and liver damage.


Rockets And Drones Deployed To Enhance Rainfall As Northeast China Drought Continues


More than 1 million hectares of crops have been affected and about 11,000 residents face a shortage of drinking water in China's Liaoning Province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Malaysia Escalates Water Tensions With Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this week ramped-up tensions with Singapore over the longstanding treaty between the countries that governs water transfer and pricing.

In recent weeks, Mahathir has criticized the price of raw water sold to Singapore as “ridiculous” and said he planned to renegotiate the pact’s terms, however in a June 25 statement, a Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said the 1962 treaty was guaranteed by both governments in the Separation Agreement, which was registered with the United Nations when Singapore broke away from Malaysia in 1965.

But in an Associated Press interview August 13 Mahathir indicated Malaysia’s intention to raise the price of water exported to Singapore by “more than ten times” as a way to alleviate his country’s national debt, saying that the agreement between the countries should be adjusted “to reflect increases in the cost of living”.


Bangladesh Rohingya Camps Get $100 Million USD Infrastructure Assistance From ADB


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to give a $100 million grant in the first phase for development of basic infrastructure and service for the Rohingyas living in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar. Bangladesh government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement in this regard on August 9.


Kerala Dam Shutters Opened For First Time In 40 Years After Heavy Rainfall


In the wake of heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Idukki dam, all five shutters of the Cheruthony dam were opened for the first time in 40 years to release more water in the backdrop of heavy rains and rising water level in the reservoir.


India Minister Announces Five New River Interlinking Projects


The government is trying to start work on five river inter-linking projects in the current fiscal and secure financial assistance from the World Bank and the ADB for the Rs 2 lakh crore project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. Minister of State for Water Resources Arjum Ram Meghwal said that the government can move forward only when the issue of storage is resolved.


Malaysia: Selangor Centralizes Water Infrastructure Ownership With SPLASH Acquisition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian state of Selangor has concluded purchase of all the water assets, treatment plants and pipes of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) through state-owned water company Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) for $614 million USD.

Hyflux Tuaspring Sale: Sembcorp, Keppel, YTL Interested

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Singapore corporations Sembcorp and Keppel, and Malaysia's YTL, are understood to be among those interested in acquiring Hyflux's flagship Tuaspring desalination facility in Singapore. The plant is the largest in Southeast Asia with an estimated value of over $1 Billion USD. Hyflux is undertaking a major restructure to alleviate cash challenges.


China-Taiwan Water Transfer Commences Amid Continuing Political Tensions

TAIPEI, Taiwan

Kinmen Island, Taiwan, has started importing water from Fujian province in mainland China. Ceremonies marking the development were conducted both in Kinmen and Fujian.

Longhu Lake, Jinjiang, Fujian, the second largest in the province, will provide water for the project via a 28km undersea pipeline, delivering 34,000 cubic meters per day to Kinmen.

World Bank Supports Hydrometeorological Services Improvement In Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan

Washington, DC

The World Bank August 1 approved $11.5 Million USD additional loan financing to the Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP), supporting improved hydrometeorological services in The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, countries which are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and future climate change risks.