22 Jul 2021 THERAN
Public's ability to express political discontent curtailed. Regional shutdowns apparently to control protests
22 Jul 2021 MECCA
New type of memento distribution at this year's hajj: robot distribution of Zamzam water
22 Jul 2021 WASHINGTON DC
New web-tool to help water managers in early identification of algae blooms.
21 Jul 2021 HYDERABAD
Reservoir levels are being closely watched; residents along Musi River being relocated.
7 Jul 2021 New York, United States
Agency Director Henrietta Fore highlights work done to supply 106 million with WASH services across 153 countries during pandemic response. Stresses importance of innovation in bid to meet SDGs and draws attention to continued gender inequalities associated with water.
6 Jul 2021 SINGAPORE, Singapore
Drone surveillance of six reservoirs will help Singapore Water Agency track water quality through aquatic plant overgrowth and enable rapid response to illegal fishing and vessel overcrowding. Will save 5,000 hours of manual checks.
3 Jul 2021 Johannesburg, South Africa
$1 Billion USD raised for Lesotho Highlands project will enable construction of dam cluster and 38km water transfer tunnel to supply South African cities. Phase 2 of 30-year, 5-phase agreement between Johannesburg and Gauteng significant to socio-economic prospects of both nations.
8 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Government to reduce number of cargo ships permitted on the Parana River basin, part of Brazil’s fourth- largest waterway for cargo transport. Restrictions could impact Brazil’s agriculture sector, particularly in the major farming states of Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo which rely on the 2,400km waterway for crop transportation.
4 Jun 2021 Washington D.C., United States
Study uses new gravity observation method to monitor changes to global water cycle. Satellite data helps measure mass change of water from different oceans across the planet. NASA calls previous methods ineffective, says trends provide deeper understanding of possible future implications of climate change. Experts suggest "global greening" could be a factor.
3 Jun 2021 Nursultan
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance $80 Million USD refurbishment of wastewater treatment facilities at Kazakhstan's Atyrau oil refinery.
2 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Persistent dry weather in central and southern Brazil has led to a water scarcity warning, rising electricity prices, falling crop yields and the threat of wildfires. Lowest reservoir levels since 2015 cause headache for the country's largest electricity source, while commodities markets see hike in sugar and coffee futures.
1 Jun 2021 TEHRAN
Rural supply, wastewater treatment and tunnel transfer projects.