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20 Aug 2020 - 07:13 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the water and sanitation services provided to Cradock, Middelburg and Komani in the Eastern Cape after an initial investigation found that it constituted a ‘prima facie violation’ of residents’ human rights.
13 Aug 2020 - 08:01 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States Department of Energy has filed notice to relax rules on the nation's definition of showerheads, apparently responding to complaints by President Donald Trump about showerhead pressure at the presidential residence, and his hair.
The plan follows Trump's comments last month at a White House event on rolling back regulations where he said he believed water does not come out fast enough from fixtures, saying "My hair … I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect".
The proposed changes, published 13 August, would allow multiple showerheads in a bathroom fixture in order to boost water pressure. Shower fixtures could include multiple shower heads that would avoid the 2.5 gallon per minute standard.
13 Aug 2020 - 07:00 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
43 Percent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019, casting some doubt on the safety of operations during and post-COVID pandemic.
A 13 August report from the Joint Monitoring Programme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF presents updated national, regional and global estimates for Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) in schools up to the year 2019, with a special focus on the implications for ensuring the safety of students and school staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
13 Aug 2020 - 06:16 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The outgoing World Bank Country Director for Pakistan has said that the international institution is unable to make an independent decision on either the appointment of a court of arbitration or the appointment of a neutral expert in the settlement of a dispute between Pakistan and India over the Indus Waters Treaty.
13 Aug 2020 - 06:36 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
In a major revamp of regulations, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has set stringent conditions for commercial groundwater use, asking authorities to be tightfisted in granting permits, initiating swift punitive action in case of breaches and mandating third-party compliance audit of businesses every year.
13 Aug 2020 - 06:37 - YEREVAN - Local Press Report
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) investment in a controversial $400m gold mine in Armenia is to end, a new assessment by the bank’s complaint body states.
13 Aug 2020 - 05:19 - KYIV, Ukraine - Staff - Water Diplomat
Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said that his government would consider supplying drinking water from the mainland of Ukraine to Russia-occupied Crimea in the event of a "humanitarian disaster".
"If necessary to provide people with water, if there is a humanitarian disaster, of course, Ukraine will provide Ukrainians – somewhere in Crimea or elsewhere – with water and with everything they need, medicines, food and so on," Shmyhal said in an 8 August interview for Radio Svoboda's Ukrainian service.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:41 - DONCASTER - Local Press Report
In a country with no operational coal mines, the UK Coal Authority has proposed to once again turn these operations to heating homes and businesses.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:28 - North Charleston SC - Local Press Report
UNICEF and Water Mission recently published an innovative reference document that provides detailed instruction for fulfilling internationally-recognized standards for the design and installation of solar powered water systems within the rural water supply context.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:31 - HEBRON - Local Press Report
Mohammad Awad, activist, has reported that Israeli forces, accompanied by intelligence officers, raided an area to the north of the Beit Ummar town, and seized three water pumps owned by local resident Nabil Breigheth, which he uses for irrigation and planting purposes.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:34 - PARIS - Local Press Report
Since May, residents of northeastern Syria have noticed a visible decrease in the Euphrates's water levels. The legendary river's source is found in Turkey, and it irrigates all of northern Syria.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:37 - ASUNCION - Local Press Report
More than a hundred barges with 115,000 tonnes of Paraguayan grains began to sail to ports in the region on Tuesday, thanks to a discharge of water from the Itaipu and Yacyreta dams that raised the height of the Parana River, the government said.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:27 - CANBERRA - Local Press Report
Australia's leading science agency is looking for towns and communities who want to trial an underground water bank, where the precious resource can be stored for a not so rainy day.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:29 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A government assessment recently obtained by an environmental group appears to link a well the group says is used in U.S.-Mexico border wall construction to low water levels in wildlife habitats at an Arizona refuge with endangered species.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:32 - SANA'A - Local Press Report
A team of NASA-funded researchers has been using satellite and ground-based data to forecast the risk of cholera in Yemen and other countries.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:36 - BULAWAYO - Local Press Report
Antiquated Bulawayo City Council KSB water pumps are now compromising the quality of the city’s water, latest council minutes have revealed.
13 Aug 2020 - 04:54 - MIAMI FL - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A virtual event, the "2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Science, Conflict Resolution and Cooperation", co-sponsored by the FIU Institute of Environment, the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University and the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University will take place from August 20-21, 2020 through a virtual Zoom setting.
12 Aug 2020 - 06:24 - ATHENS OH, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
August is National Water Quality Month in the United States. Marking the occasion, Ohio University has released a visual resource guide on ten ways that acces to clean water can improve the world.
The guide and infographic provides insights and resources on:
- Understanding the importance of clean water
- Tips to improve water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene
- Deaths and diseases caused by drinking unsafe water
- How to reduce pollution and climate change
- Why clean water is a life necessity to every person in the world
Take a look HERE
12 Aug 2020 - 06:36 - MONTREAL, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and Solidarity Water Europe have announced the winners of the “Global Youth Take Action” campaign the organisations launched in May.
Among the submitted projects, nine projects were selected to receive financial and technical support.
The campaign was designed to identify, encourage, and support youth engagement in water management in the context of the current global COVID pandemic. More specifically, the call for proposals aimed to support initiatives on water and health, water and agriculture, water-related risks, and water sharing.
12 Aug 2020 - 05:07 - Addis ABABA, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A scheduled resumption of tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) sponsored by the African Union (AU) has been postponed until 17 August upon the request of Sudan, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sudan’s new boycott of negotiations scheduled to resume 10 August is understood to be in protest at Ethiopia’s declining to commit to an agenda on the filling and operation of the contentious dam on the Blue Nile.