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Saudi Arabia Announces $4 Billion in New Water Projects

RIYADHSAUDI ARABIA — The Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SSWCC) on March 2 announced nine new water projects in the kingdom. The total cost of the projects is estimated at $4 billion USD.

Kuwait Will Allow Private Companies to Build Desal, Power Plants

KUWAIT CITYKUWAIT — The Kuwaiti parliament is currently considering a draft law that would allow companies listed on the stock exchange to build desalination and power plants without working through a local agent.

Qatar Has World’s Highest Water Consumption: Kahramaa

DOHAQATAR — Qatar has the highest per capita water consumption in the world, the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said this week.

IWMI Makes Case for “Non-Integrated” Water Resources Management

SINGAPORE — Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) has become a de facto solution for many water issues, but it sometimes results in negative outcomes and has shut out alternative thinking, International

Congolese Refugees in Rwanda Camp Suffer Serious Water Shortages

GIHEMBE CAMP (The New Times) — Congolese refugees at Gihembe Camp in North Province have decried the incessant shortage of water that broke out two months ago, saying it has made their lives hard. Officials at the camp that

Qatar's Haya Water Launches New Lab

MUSCAT (Oman Daily Observer) — Haya Water launched their commercial lab analysis services for public and private sector organisations yesterday at a glittering ceremony at the InterContinental.

Water More Important Than Heat When It Comes to Climate Change and Crop Yields: Study

AUSTRALIABRISBANE — New research released this week finds that climate change is having a direct effect on crop yields -- but not because of temperature increases.

Arab Countries Need $75 Billion Annually to Deal With Water Challenges

CAIROEGYPT — Arab countries will need $75 billion USD annually to meet their water, power and food security challenges, officials said during the Arab Water Council meeting, which concluded in Cairo on February

AfDB Invests $58 Million for Drought Mitigation in the Horn of Africa

NAIROBIKENYA — The African Development Bank (AfDB) last week approved a new $58 million USD financing tranche to boost drought resilience in Horn of Africa countries.

Lebanon Ministry Approves Dam Despite Warnings

BEIRUT (Daily Star (Lebanon)) — The Energy and Water Ministry is going ahead with plans to build a dam in Janna despite several reports warning that the barrier will be ineffective and potentially damaging to Jeita Gr

3 Days Without Water in East Darfur

ASSALAYA (Radio Dabanga) — Out of order water stations for the last three consecutive days in East Darfur's Assalaya locality are "threatening the lives" of local residents, especially of women, children, elderly and the s

Egypt’s Per Capita Share of Water at 660 Cubic Meters

CAIROEGYPT — The per capita share of water in Egypt has reached 660 cubic meters, representing a continuous decline in available water resources, according to a government report released last week.

Malawi Officials Claim Conflicts of Interest in Lake Malawi Mediation Team

MALAWILILONGWE — The Malawi government this week expressed concern over the fact that a Tanzanian national is serving as executive secretary of the mediation team working on the border dispute between Malawi and Ta

South Africa's Human Rights Commission Received 144 Water Complaints

JOHANNESBURG ( — The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received 144 complaints in the past two years about problems with the quality and supply of water, the Sunday Independent reported. "Inadequate water

Angola City to Increase Water Connections by 6,000

LUANDA (Angola Press) — The city of Uíge will benefit in the coming days from more than 6,000 home connections to piped water in the urban área and implantation of some fountains in the peripheral zones, under the proje

Saudi Desal Capacity Continues to Rise

RIYADH ( — Saudi Arabia remains the largest supplier of desalinated water in the world producing 18 percent of the total global output. SWCC's 27 plants on the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf produced 855.9 mil

African, Asian Dust Affects California Water

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — High-altitude dust blown thousands of miles across the Pacific from Asian and African deserts can make it rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada, according to new research that suggests tiny particle

South African Government Plans $93 Billion Infrastructure Spend

JOHANNESBURGSOUTH AFRICA — The South African government plans to mobilize $93 billion USD from state agencies for new infrastructure over the next three years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told parliament in his budgets

Iraq to Launch $750 Million Water Projects in Basra

IRAQBAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities on February 25 announced $750 million USD worth of new water projects in Basra.

WEX Announces Innovation Awards

LONDON (Water and Energy Exchange) — The Water and Energy Exchange has announced the winners of its water-energy innovation awards competition. The winner in Innovation in Process Technology was VITENS - Clean Operator Project.

Omani Water Stages Seminar This Weekend

MUSCAT (Oman Daily Observer) — The Omani Water Association will organise on March 2, Saturday, a seminar on the water resources in Musandam titled “Challenges & Solutions” under the patronage of Ali bin Mohammed al Abri, Und

Veolia's South African Unit Wins Water Treatment Contract

MAUN (Creamer Media's Engineering News) — Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa subsidiary Veolia Water Solutions (VWS) Envig Botswana was awarded a contract to design, supply and commission a 6 000 m3/d potable water pl

Saudi Arabian Official Blasts Ethiopia Over Grand Renaissance Dam

CAIROEGYPT — The Saudi government this week criticized Ethiopian plans to construct the controversial $5 billion USD Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile, saying it threatens Egypt and Sudan’s share of the river’s

Arab Fund Lends Morocco $25 Million for Water Treatment Plant

MOROCCORABAT — The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development is lending the Moroccan government $25 million USD for a drinking water treatment plant, Moroccan officials said earlier this week.

Ghana Authorities Investigate Expired Treatment Chemicals at Weija Plant

GHANAACCRA — Members of Ghana’s National Security Agencies have impounded some 300 bags of expired aluminum sulfate from the Weija water treatment plant, which serves the capital, Accra, and the nearby coasta

Israeli, Palestinian Scientists Investigate Water Pollution

JERUSALEM (The Jerusalem Post) — A group of Israeli and Palestinian environmental scholars have started on a joint effort to test the area’s water supply for potentially health-altering endocrine-disrupting chemicals. At thei

Zimbabwe's Capital Faces Water Shortages Due to Repairs

HARARE (The Herald (Zimbabwe)) — Harare's Western suburbs will be without water today following disconnections of pipes along Lochinvar Reservoir for maintenance works. Council spokesperson Mr Leslie Gwindi yesterday confirme

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services Contribute Substantially to South Africa's Economy

LIMPOPO ( — The benefits derived from biodiversity or ecosystem services are estimated at R73 billion per annum, according to Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa. Molewa was speak

World Bank Lends Egypt $450 Million for Water and Sanitation Projects

CAIROEGYPT — The World Bank will lend $450 million USD loan to the Egyptian government over the next three years for water and sanitation projects, according to Egyptian officials.

EBRD Appoints Head of New Tunisian Office

TUNIS (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) — The EBRD has appointed Marie-Alexandra Veilleux as the first head of the Tunisian office, a further step forward in the EBRD’s support for the country’s economic development and reform process.&n

The World's Best Tasting Water Prize Goes to Kansas

BERKELEY SPRINGS (CNN International) — The 23rd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, held in the spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, is the largest

Iran, Turkmenistan Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

ASHGABAT (Fars News Agency) — Iranian Vice-President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou is due to have left Tehran for Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, yesterday in a bid to discuss expansion of bilateral ties. Saeedlou, who wi

Water Management for Oil & Gas Sector Conference in April

PRAGUE (Marcus Evans) — The 2nd Edition Advanced Water Management for Oil & Gas: Excellent Water Treatment and Produced Water Management to Ensure Profitable Production will be held April 15-17, 2013, i

Ghana's President Tasks Operators to Reduce Water Loss

ACCRA (GhanaWeb) — President John Mahama has tasked operators of the Weija treatment plant to do all they can to reduce the rate of losses in the water production and distribution process. About 40 percent of wa

UK Government Announces $106 Million Aid Package to Yemen

YEMENSANA’A — The UK government will extend $106 million USD to Yemen over the next two years for life-saving assistance to one million people.

Healthy Ecosystems Key to Sustainable Development in Africa: UNEP

NAIROBIKENYA — African governments should prioritize interventions that promote healthy ecosystems, in order to reduce the mounting disease burden from air and water pollution and poor waste management, according

UAE Allocates $2.5 Billion for Infrastructure Projects in Bahrain

MANAMABAHRAIN — The UAE government will provide $2.5 billion USD worth of loans to Bahrain to implement water, sanitation, power and other infrastructure projects, government officials said last week.

Somaliland's Hargeisa Water Supply Expanded

HARGEISA (Somaliland Sun) — It was mentioned in the daily news papers that a third transmission pipe would be added to the existing two parallel pipes that bring water to Hargeisa.

Liberia, WSA Sign Partnership Agreement

MONROVIA (The Informer) — The Liberian Government Friday (Feb 22) took another giant step towards making its citizens gain access to safe drinking water and sanitation, when it signed an agreement with Water and Sanitatio

Turkey Resumes Mega Dam

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet Daily News) — Turkey’s highest dam is to be built in the Black Sea province of Artvin along with a hydroelectric power plant (HES), after years of u

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