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Kashmir: Extraction From Water Bodies in Anantnag Unabated Despite Ban


The failure of Anantnag district administration to implement the ban it imposed on illegal extraction of stones, sand and boulders from different water bodies might turn out to be a serious environmental disaster, signs of which are already visible. The practice continues unabated across Anantnag district and the peripheries despite the imposition of a ban since 2016.


Singapore, Abu Dhabi to Pilot Smart Utilities Solutions in Emirate


Nine Singapore organisations, including the national water agency PUB, have signed agreements with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DOE) to pilot innovative utilities solutions and build capabilities for both power and water in Abu Dhabi, IE Singapore and PUB said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Feb 21).


Saudi Fund to Finance Mansehra Water Supply Project


The Saudi Fund for Development has agreed to finance the gravity flow water supply scheme for Mansehra city and suburban areas. The development comes as the Japan Agency for International Cooperation withdraws from its commitment to provide money for the project designed to effectively address the area’s chronic drinking water issue.


Kashmir: Call For Large Scale Groundwater Tapping


Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Forest, Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad Thursday called for tapping of ground water at a large scale to overcome acute shortage of drinking water in rural Kashmir.


Indonesia Prez Vows to Monitor Pollution of Citarum River


President Joko Widodo will routinely monitor the upstream section of the Citarum river in an attempt to settle all problems in the Citarum River basin area (DAS). "I will visit the upstream section of the Citarum river every three months," Joko Widodo said after inspecting the Citarum River basin area (DAS) here on Thursday.


Vietnam Ministry Clamps Down on River Pollution in Ha Nam


The population density has increased sharply along Nhue and Đáy rivers. As a result, the amount of rubbish discharged into these rivers has also increased.In addition, rapid urbanisation means more and more companies and factories have been set up there and pollute the water.


Latin America and Caribbean "Test Grounds" For Disaster Preparedness


Disasters occur worldwide and are part of everyone’s life. Ever since they were first recorded, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes have marked the history of humanity and its evolution. Today, our efforts focus on preparing for and responding to the impacts of these events. This way we can reduce material damages and human suffering.


All Assam Households to be Provided with Piped Water, Sewerage Facilities by 2020: Governor


Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi on Monday said all households here would be provided piped drinking water supply and sewerage facilities by 2020. At present, less than 30 per cent of the city's 12 lakh people have access to piped drinking water. The rest depend on bore tubewells and other sources.


India Interstate Water Disputes Bill Expected to Pass This Parliamentary Session


The Centre expects to pass the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 during the second phase of the current Budget session of Parliament. Its passage will simplify inter-State river water disputes resolution mechanism and cut short litigation time.


Singapore Looks to "Biomimicry", Big Data For Water Efficiency


Earlier this month, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, issued a grant call for three categories of projects worth a collective total of SG$30 million (US$22.6 million). The money will go to improving energy efficiency in water production, optimizing water efficiency in industrial processes, and using data analytics in water resource management.


Red Sea "White Spot" May Indicate Pollution by Major Hotels


Social media have shared images of a white spot in the Red Sea at the Corniche, initiating a discussion on pollution and the fear of underwater destruction of life, Al-Madina reported. Several people described the spot as a serious "sea pollution" that calls for the intervention of the competent authorities, saying that many major hotels are dumping sewage water into the sea.


"Water Banks" to Alleviate Flooding in Bangkok


City Hall is speeding up its ambitious plans to prevent chronic flooding by building underground “water banks” and water retention areas. The construction of five water banks, with the capacity to hold up to 27,030 cubic metres of water, will be finished this year, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang promised Monday. 


Water is "The Connector" in the Climate Change Challenge


OOSKAnews invites readers to watch this video interview which we conducted recently with Dr John Matthews, Co-Founder and Secretariat Co-ordinator of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).

Dr Matthews' conversation with David Duncan, OOSKAnews' Publisher was recorded as a follow-up to an "OOSKAnews Voices" Column authored by Matthews and published last month in which he relected in particular on the 23rd session of the conference of parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The full article, headlined "Too Much Too Quickly, UNFCCC, COP23 and the Sharpening Mind" can be read HERE. The follow-up video interview explores these matters further, with focus on the past and future roadmaps for increasing recognition of the importance of adaptation in global climate considerations, and the place of water as a "connector" across climate change discourse. <--break->


Linkage Between Migration and Water Security Should Concern Trump


In his State of the Union address, the President once again called for stronger responses to global security crises and significant new investments in security along our southern border. And yet, one of the drivers behind both of these issues – namely, water security – has received little attention to date.


Record Dam Releases Rejuvenate China's Longest Inland River


Nearly 2.5 billion cubic meters of water was discharged to the basin of the Tarim River, China's longest inland river, last year to supply its lower reaches that dried up decades ago. It was the largest amount of water since the measure began to be taken in 2000, according to the river's administration.


Manila Agency Wants More Quezon Dam Project Bids


The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is open to more proposals on implementing the Kanan Dam project in Quezon province that can challenge the one submitted by Rep. Danilo Suarez and his partners, which the agency is now reviewing.