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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.


Actor Stabbed over Water Dispute


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.


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


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.


Tech Capital Looks Underground for Answers to Water Shortage


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.


Saline Intrusion Hits Vatakara Potable Water Supply


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.


CH2M Hill to Design and Supervise Construction of Tuas Reclamation Plant


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.


Could Restoring Ancient Water Tanks Help Build Peace in Sri Lanka?


After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka has the daunting task of nurturing cohesion in its multi-faith and multi-ethnic community while also addressing the increasing impacts of climate change. Local researchers, however, believe that restoring some of the small water tanks that peppered the island more than 2,000 years ago could ease all of these problems at once.


Artificial Wetland to Clean Shanghai Factory Water


French wastewater treatment company Suez announced on Tuesday (Feb 7) it had been awarded a contract to design an artificial wetland to clean water from a petrochemical industrial zone outside Shanghai.


Price Rise to Boost Water Security


Water is set to cost more here, as Singapore seeks to ensure long-term water security in the face of uncertain weather conditions. An increase in water prices will be announced at the upcoming Budget, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli. The country has also been making further moves to increase its desalination capacity.


India Not Fulfilling Responsibilities Under Indus Water Treaty: Sartaj Aziz


India has not fulfilled its portion of responsibilities under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan Foreign Advisor C said yesterday, amidst the Pakistan concerns over construction of new dams by the eastern neighbour.


Indonesia to Issue Regulation on Water Level Monitoring Systems to Tackle Forest Fires


Indonesia will soon issue a regulation to make it compulsory for land concession owners to install water level monitoring systems to ensure the peatlands are kept moist. The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) revealed that the decree will be signed by the Environment and Forestry Minister within the next few weeks.


Funding For Pipeline Repair Sought


Expressing concern over the pipelines damaged due to the ongoing road expansion drive, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS) has sought Rs 310 million to repair them. The ministry has also warned that water supply could be affected badly in the Capital if the sought amount is not released pronto.


Karachi Quota Must Be Doubled, Mayor Tells Commission


Karachi’s water demand is over 1,000 million gallons per day (mgd) and, at present, the supply levels are languishing at around 650mgd. Given the growth in this city’s population over the past few decades, it is imperative that Karachi’s quota for daily water supply be doubled at the earliest.


France Supports Sri Lanka Utility Water Management


France will train senior staff of Sri Lanka’s water utility to better manage water resources and reduce waste at a time it is coping with a severe drought amid modernisation of decades-old pipelines and treatment plants.


Turkish Companies Keen to Invest in Pakistan Infrastructure


Turkish investors have expressed keen interest in investing in schemes related to water provision, wastewater management and housing across Punjab. In a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Turkish delegates praised the Punjab government for making unprecedented progress under the chief minister’s leadership.