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Catalonia. Seven cities create an association of municipalities for “public water”

Barcelona, Jan 31 (EFE). – Barcelona, Badalona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, El Prat de Llobregat, Sabadell, Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Terrassa, the public companies Barcelona Ciclo del Agua and Aguas del Prat and the entity Ingeniería sin Fronteras have constituted today the Catalan Association of Municipalities and Entities for Public Water Management (AMAP). The constituent […] Read More

World Economic Forum Sees Big Risks in Water and Climate

Environmental change viewed as a leading cause of disruption. January 17, 2018 by Brett Walton Following a year in which Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s power and water grids and Cape Town stepped to the edge of a water supply disaster, the world’s business, political, and academic elite warn of social and economic upheaval from […] Read More

Addressing gender issues in urban water and sanitation

by Sohna Aminatta Ngum (Gender Specialist in the department of Gender, Women and Civil Society at the African Development Bank Group) January 4, 2018 The African subcontinent has experienced rapid economic growth since 2000. African Development Bank (AfDB) Group demographic projections indicate that Africa’s population will increase from 1 billion in 2010 to 1.6 billion […] Read More

Cape Town’s “Day Zero” Approaches

Local authorities estimate that taps will be turned off by April 29, 2018. December 27, 2017 By Kayla Ritter, Circle of Blue In 123 days, South Africa’s second largest city could run out of drinking water. Cape Town, a city of 4 million, continues to grapple with severe water scarcity following three consecutive years of […] Read More

Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor

Water comes from a deep ocean current off the coast of Hawaii and is desalinated using reverse osmosis Photograph: haveseen/Getty Images/iStockphoto Evian and Volvic owner Danone has put money into a Hawaiian bottled water from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, showing the depths multinationals will now go to in the quest for more revenue. […] Read More

U.S. Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

Report identifies water priorities in foreign policy. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue November 16, 2017. To coordinate its response to floods, droughts, disease, and other water challenges whose political and economic consequences leap borders the Trump administration submitted the federal government’s first global water strategy. Ordered by Congress in 2014, the strategy lays out […] Read More

New South Wales ombudsman releases damning report on water administration

Ombudsman reveals three previous reports provided to NSW government were buried Photograph: Washington Post/Getty Images November 15,2017. The NSW ombudsman has released a damning report into maladministration of the state’s water portfolio, revealing that three previous reports provided to the government were buried. The ombudsman has taken the unusual step of lodging a special report […] Read More

Jordan water crisis worsens as Mideast tensions slow action

SHARHABIL, Jordan (AP), Octber 30, 2017 — From a hillside in northern Jordan, the Yarmouk River is barely visible in the steep valley below, reduced from a once important water source to a sluggish trickle overgrown with vegetation. Jordan’s reservoirs are only one-fifth full, a record low, and vital winter rains are becoming more erratic. […] Read More

Bolivia adopte a national policy to implement the human right to water and basic sanitation

La Paz, October 27, 2017 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government approved a policy for the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation throughout the country, Environment Minister Carlos Ortuño informed today. The high authority explained that among the pillars of these guidelines appear accessibility, affordability, availability, quality and acceptability regarding the enjoyment of […] Read More