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App Will Reveal Hong Kong Water Usage

HONG KONG

Direct water usage in Hong Kong has risen 17 per cent per person over the past two decades, but resource management experts warn the impact of the city’s indirect consumption is far greater.

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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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Karnataka: No Cauvery Water for Tamil Nadu

BENGALURU

The government in Karnataka on Friday said there was no question of releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu in line with the Supreme Court’s directive as the state itself was facing a shortage of drinking water. “There is no water for drinking purposes. If we had water we could have released. We have 3-4 tmc ft shortage to provide drinking water to Bengaluru, Mysuru and surrounding villages.

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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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India Rigid on Indus Treaty, but Pushes for Teesta Deal

NEW DELHI

This week, India demonstrated two very different approaches towards sharing water resources with its neighbours. Pakistan will have to live with the fact that India plans to continue utilisation of its allocation under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), as it refused to countenance any change of design of the Miyar dam in J&K.

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Teesta: Mamata ‘Unconvinced’

KOLKATA

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina scheduled to be in India from April 7 to 10, the Centre has said that all stakeholders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will be taken “on board” before going ahead with a Teesta water sharing pact.

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Hong Kong Management and Conservation Report to be Released Later This Year

HONG KONG

The long-awaited results of a review into the city’s water management and conservation strategy should be released in the second half of the year. The Water Supplies Department said it would then discuss the results with advisory bodies, green groups, professionals and academics.

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Manila Water and Mitsubishi to Undertake Major Yangon Project

MANILA

Manila Water Company Inc. and partner Mitsubishi Corp. are eyeing a large-scale project that would help reduce non-revenue water in Yangon, Myanmar. In a statement, Manila Water said it was expecting to submit jointly with Mitsubishi a proposal for the project, following a pilot showcase.

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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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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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Actor Stabbed over Water Dispute

BENGALURU

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on Wednesday at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort. The pond is one of the main water sources for the neighbours living around the resort and they objected to the cleaning.

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Gujarat Farmers' Rally Turns Violent Over Tata's Nano Production

Ahmedabad

The industrial cluster around Tata Motors' Nano plant witnessed a major clash on Tuesday when a rally of farmers protesting against allocation of water to industries from a Narmada dam canal was dispersed by police using force.

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Tech Capital Looks Underground for Answers to Water Shortage

BENGALURU

This city of 11 million, formerly known as Bangalore, is home to India’s software giants and its startups, as well as multinationals such as Samsung, Oracle and Amazon. com. The growing tech sector symbolizes urban India’s upward mobility and economic vigor. But an existential threat hovers over all this new prosperity. Bengaluru is running out of water.

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Saline Intrusion Hits Vatakara Potable Water Supply

KOZHIKODE

Contaminated water continues to flow through the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) pipelines in Vadakara municipality. Though the KWA tried to fixed the problem by pumping water from the Peruvannamoozhi reservoir, residents have complained that the salinity of water has not come down, making it unfit for domestic use.

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CH2M Hill to Design and Supervise Construction of Tuas Reclamation Plant

SINGAPORE

PUB, the national water agency, has appointed CH2M Hill Singapore Pte Ltd as the Detailed Design Consultant for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), a key component of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. Over the next two years, the firm will develop the detailed design of Tuas WRP and subsequently supervise the construction and commissioning of the plant.

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