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9 Nov 2020 - 06:53 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
Continental water use by the mining industry in Chile fell 6.8% in 2019 to 12.45 cubic metres per second compared with 2018, according to state copper agency Cochilco in its annual water report.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:57 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
A public health expert warned that heavy metals in receding waters of dams supplying water to Istanbul posed danger to consumers if not tested and filtered properly.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:50 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
The Iranian president says a project will come on line on Thursday to desalinate sea water from Persian Gulf and supply it to arid areas across the country, especially in the central Iran.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:54 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
The recent steps by Capital Development Authority (CDA) will help add 10 to 12 MGD water in the existing system to meet water requirements of the city.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:58 - COLLINGWOOD - Local Press Report
While the uptake of smart meters has become common in the energy industry, smart meters are still in their infancy in the water sector.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:52 - PERTH - Local Press Report
One of Western Australia's most experienced water experts says plans for a $70 million irrigation scheme in the state's south-west will be an environmental and financial disaster.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:55 - EL FASHER - Local Press Report
Across Sudan’s arid Darfur region, water has always been one of the most precious commodities. With climate change, the availability of water for farming and living has become more unpredictable.
9 Nov 2020 - 06:50 - KATHMANDU - Local Press Report
Two Nepali banks have won the legal battle in China for the recovery of frozen bank guarantee amounts, paving the way for them to get back an amount equivalent to Rs1.78 billion.
3 Nov 2020 - 09:46 - Dakar, Senegal - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Senegal and the World Water Council have announced postponement of the ninth triennial World Water Forum, scheduled to convene in Dakar in March 2021, for a year due to COVID-19 challenges.
3 Nov 2020 - 08:23 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Environmental organisation WWF has released analysis of new water risk scenarios for 100 cities around the world.The city risk analysis, released on World Cities Day (31 October), includes scenarios in Beijing, Jakarta, Jaipur, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Mecca and Rio de Janeiro, with almost half of the cities at risk being in China. "Cities across the world have paid a high price in recent years due to worsening water risks. From acute risks that have seen historic floods to chronic risks that have seen their taps running dry, the water challenges cities are facing are only going to increase in the coming decades because the impacts of climate change will primarily be felt through water,” said Alexis Morgan, WWF Global Water Stewardship Lead upon the launch of the new assessments.3 Nov 2020 - 07:13 - CARSON CITY NV, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US President Donald Trump complained again about water pressure levels in toilets, dishwashers and showers, during a campaign speech in Carson City, Nevada, on 18 October.
In a lengthy monologue about water pressure, Trump appealed for votes from “suburban women”, saying, “Go buy a dishwasher. I said what's wrong with this thing? It doesn't clean the dishes right".3 Nov 2020 - 07:50 - VIENTIENE, Laos - Staff - Water Diplomat
China has agreed to provide year-round water data to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to improve river monitoring, and flood and drought forecasting in downstream Mekong basin countries.
Over the last 18 years, China has shared water and rainfall data from June to October (in the flood season) from two hydrological stations located on the Upper Mekong mainstream.
Related reading: China PM Pledges Improved Mekong River Water Data Sharing3 Nov 2020 - 07:22 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Staff - Water Diplomat
Rehabilitation of Ethiopia's May-Muk watershed is to benefit from support from the World Bank’s Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP-2), as part of a public-private partnership (PPP) with the country's Ministry of Agriculture, and local partners, Raya Brewery, Mekelle University and a local village administration.3 Nov 2020 - 07:30 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Fragments of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater samples across the UK, in projects designed to enable early warning of local outbreaks of COVID-19 infection.
In Scotland, sampling and testing has been developed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with backing from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland, alongside Scottish Water and researchers from Edinburgh's Roslin Institute.3 Nov 2020 - 07:08 - KABUL, Afghanistan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has confirmed an additional $18.3 Million USD in funding for the Panj-Amu River Basin Sector Project that is aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity in northeast Afghanistan.3 Nov 2020 - 07:54 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US government space agency NASA has confirmed, for the first time, the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the moon. However Russian-state media Sputnik claims that the USSR space agency prevoiusly discovered water on the moon in the 1970s.3 Nov 2020 - 07:26 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The newly launched 50L Home Coalition is a “global action-oriented platform” that aims to address water security and climate change.
Convened by the 2030 Water Resources Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum, its founding members include Arcadis, Electrolux, Engie, Kohler, Procter & Gamble and Suez.3 Nov 2020 - 07:04 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
Over 150 environmental groups have united to launch a manifesto calling for an end to hydropower development in Europe.
Signatories such as WWF, Climate Action Network Europe and BirdLife, are asking for an end to EU subsidies and bank financing of new hydropower plants in Europe, and for public investments to be redirected towards upgrades of existing plants, energy efficiency measures, and lower impact renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar power.3 Nov 2020 - 06:24 - OTTAWA, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to commit to a pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations (Indigenous) communities by March 2021.
Questioned by reporters on the issue on 23 October, Trudeau declined to confirm the timescale, a policy of his Liberal party, saying that travel restrictions related to COVID-19 “have made it more difficult in certain situations, but we continue to work very closely with communities across the country”.3 Nov 2020 - 06:29 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
At least 3.6 million people have been impacted by floods and landslides across large parts of East Africa since June 2020, a new UN report has revealed.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) observed that many of these people have already been facing conflict, violence, COVID-19 and a desert locust upsurge.