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East London water supply not cut

But large parts of Buffalo City Metro, in the South East corner of South Africa, from Mdantsane to Bhisho, Dimbaza and King William’s Town have been without water.  East London is fed by a different supply dam, Bridle Drift for which Amatola Water isn’t responsible.  Potable water supply has been affected after union members abandoned their posts at 11 treatment plants last Friday according to DispatchLIVE. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is demanding the sacking of the board chairwoman Nokulunga Mnqeta over allegations of causing chaos, stoking factionalism, and corruption.

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Will tourists drink Bali dry?

Thomas Wright, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at The University of Queensland has written an article picked up by The Sunday Morning Herald highlighting a potential crisis for Bali.

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Storm clouds gather over Perlis, Johor

The New Straits Times reports that communities in Johor and Perlis in Malaysia are reeling from a water shortage following a prolonged drought that has affected their livelihoods and the way they live.

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Smart water networks set to become pervasive

Our CEO, Joel Hagan, recently wrote an article in July's edition of WIPAC Monthly.

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Iran looks for help with water projects

In January 2016, international sanctions were lifted following the ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran. Since then, Iran has been busy sorting out barriers to trade and cooperation with countries around the world, notably Germany and Japan. Last week was the UK’s turn. The Iranians were looking for aircraft and energy and water project finance.

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Colombian miracle

It’s an exciting time in Colombia. After 50 years of civil war and 30 years of unsuccessful negotiations, the government and Farc have signed a ceasefire. A full peace deal is expected to be signed within weeks. Most Colombians had assumed this day would never come.

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The Power of Water

The temperature in India broke records last week.  The new record was set in Phalodi, a city in the desert state of Rajasthan, where temperatures reached an astonishing 51 degrees Celsius.

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Water: the urban/rural divide

A report from the BBC says that Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California last year to sell as bottled water, even as Californians were ordered to cut their water use because of a historic drought in the state.

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Drought causes power cuts and changes in hairstyles in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro has announced a 4 day working week with three-day weekends to include Fridays for the next two months. El Niño has produced a series of extreme weather events this year: while Chile suffers excessive rainfall, Venezuela is experiencing a drought.  Hydroelectricity provides the bulk of the country’s electricity supply. 

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Water crises - risk or reality?

In 2015, the Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum had Water Crises as the highest impact issue in its Global Risks Landscape.  Above Terrorist Attacks, Critical Information Infrastructure Breakdown, Fiscal Crises, etc.

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