Harare ‘at risk of cholera outbreak’

Five years after a cholera outbreak killed more than 4 000 people in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, Human Rights Watch says the city is at significant risk of another outbreak. Meanwhile, officials deny the ­severity of the ­sanitation situation.

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Villagers raise funds to build a protected well

The villagers, who used to rely on largely contaminated Munyati River for water, initiated the project after experiencing several deaths due to water-borne diseases such as diarrhea. They raised US$400 to pay people to dig the well and provided additional cash to buy materials such as cement, bricks and food.

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Bhopal feels effects of gas tragedy 29 years later

Tuesday marks 29 years since the Bhopal gas disaster took place in India. The tragedy occurred on the night of December 2-3, 1984, when Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) and other lethal gases spewed out of the Union Carbide Corporation’s pesticide plant, killing more than 4,000 people instantly and maiming several thousand others for life.

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Operator of Japan’s Fukushima plant wins rare praise, hurdles remain

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant won rare praise from monitors on Monday for its efforts to decommission the site, but the specialists also said the company still faced steep challenges, particularly in managing contaminated water.

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Black market for water expands in Delhi

The failure of the Delhi government to provide piped water to more than 4 million residents has created a burgeoning black market for water.

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Saving water in Beijing

Article courtesy by China Daily | Aug 23, 2013 | China Daily Beijing plans to install water-permeable bricks for free in 60 residential quarters of approximately 200,000 square meters next year, in order to make use of rainwater. Also, remotely monitored water meters will be installed for major water users, Beijing Times reports. Beijing initiated rainwater […]

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Sanitation and water-borne diseases: Authorities must kick start Practical Policies

On Thursday 15, November 2012, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources put fears into Nigerians to prepare for a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases. It made the disclosure through the Head of Climate Change Unit in the Ministry.

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Treated waste water goes down the drain.

There are 626 sewage treatment plants in Bangalore, the highest in any city in the country.
Together, these STPs can treat 834 million liters per day (MLD) of waste water. But truth is, much of the treated water goes down the drain, according to a report by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

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Article 31 petition – Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water

Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.

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China – Water diversion blues – “South to North Water Diversion Project”

Water crisis: Rapidly growing cities need more water, and plenty of it – but experts say China faces a sobering outlook on the impacts of water diversion projects.

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India – “Wells for India” First of five stories by co-founder Professor Mary Grey, looking back over 25 years of their history

Wells for India’s vision is of an India where quality of life is enabled by: The poorest rural dryland communities having secure access to safe water all year round for domestic and agricultural use, without detrimental environmental impacts.

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Global water crisis news: India’s capital in water crisis after supplies cut. [Yahoo News, New York Times, PBS Video]

Large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on Friday after a neighbouring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer, officials said.

The sprawling Indian capital, with a population of 16 million sweltering in 43 degree C (109.4 F) summer heat, relies on four neighbouring states for its water — Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

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