7 Feb 2021 TALINN
United Utilities has agreed to a £88m cash deal to sell its 35.3 per cent stake in the largest water utility company in Estonia, Tallin Water. The utilities company will sell the stake to a consortium led by the Estonian city of Tallinn, which is an existing partner of United Utilities, alongside company Utilitas.
7 Feb 2021 DUBLIN
SIPTU has warned that its members in local authority water services will take industrial action up to and including strike action if the government attempts to impose measures to transfer them to the Irish Water utility without agreement. It's after a document circulated by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government suggested that a framework for the future delivery of water services must be concluded by the end of July and fully implemented during 2022.
27 Jan 2021 KOTA KINABALU
The State Works Ministry is looking into transforming the Water Department into Water Commission and as a corporate body. Works Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said the Water Department has not been profitable in its operations. Indeed, the department’s expenditure exceeds its income by RM300 million, while also suffering from non revenue water (NRW), he said...
25 Jan 2021 DUBAI
For its privatization plans, Saudi Arabia is not thinking – or taking - half-measures. If anyone needs confirmation, check out the kingdom’s utility sector… and specifically, the water side of it. “All desalination plants will become standalone production companies as part of our privatization strategy,” said Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Al-Abdlkareem, Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Chairman of newly formed Water Transmission and Technologies Co...
21 Jan 2021 WASHINGTON DC, United States
A broad coalition of pressure groups delivered a letter to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris a week before their inauguration urging them to use their executive powers to implement a nationwide moratorium on utility shutoffs on day one of their administration.The No Shutoffs Coalition of more than 600 utility-justice, environmental, racial-justice, labour and faith groups has been calling for action since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to the public health implications of access to water and other utilities during the crisis...
18 Jan 2021 OUAGADOUGOU
The implementation of several drinking water projects in Burkina Faso is set to be financed by China and Saudi Arabia following the signing of two financing agreements worth a total of over US$ 58.19m by representatives from the three nations. The Exim Bank of China will provide close to US$ 58m in the form of a concessional loan to strengthen the drinking water supply system of the cities of Tenkodogo, Garango, Bittou, and Bagré...
11 Jan 2021 TEL AVIV
Israel's national water company, Mekorot, is on the verge of signing its first deal to provide Bahrain with desalination technology for brackish water. Although the company did not release its projections for it, the deal is said to be worth millions of dollars annually. When Bahrain's Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid visited Israel last month, he said his country was particularly interested in promoting cooperation on Israeli knowhow and experience in this field
15 Dec 2020 VERNON
The first Indigenous owned and operated water utility in Canada developed by way of Public-Private-Community Partnership (PPCP), is a step closer to reality with a formal agreement signed last month between the Okanagan Indian Band Group of Companies (OKIB GC), EPCOR and Enterprise Canada. The companies will identify commercial opportunities in utilities-related infrastructure, including water, wastewater and irrigation management systems, to provide quality drinking water and ensure adequate firefighting supply to serve the Okanagan Indian Band’s reserve lands.
11 Dec 2020 STIRLING
Scottish Water and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) have announced a unique partnership with the University of Stirling to deliver the newly created post of the Scotland Hydro Nation Chair. Funded by Scottish Water, the initiative will be a catalyst for academic research and innovation. The Hydro Nation Chair will provide the leadership to forge collaborative partnerships across the sector to deliver solutions for sustainable water management in Scotland...
8 Dec 2020 BRISTOL
Four people have died and another has been injured in a large explosion at a waste water treatment works. Three of the people who died worked for the firm, and the other was a contractor. The injured person's condition is not life-threatening. The blast happened in a silo containing treated biosolids and was not terror related, police said...
8 Dec 2020 PARIS
The government of Chad is set to receive a total of over $70 Million USD grant for the rehabilitation and extension of the drinking water network in N’Djamena, the capital city of the Central African country. The drinking water supply project includes the construction of a new pumping field with 3 boreholes in the north-west region of the city, the construction of two water towers, and the laying of 205 kilometers of pipes to bring water to households...
8 Dec 2020 MEXICO CITY
Mexico announced Monday new investment of $11.3 billion in infrastructure projects in cooperation with the private sector to help revive the pandemic-afflicted economy. The 228-billion-peso plan is the second of its kind since October, when 297 billion pesos of investments were unveiled to boost Latin America's second-largest economy...