Africa Utilities 

Sudan warns against escalation in Nile dam dispute

Sudan has warned against escalation and urged further negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile river by Addis Ababa. Tensions are running high between the three countries after recent talks failed to produce a deal on the filling and operation of the $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. “We do not want escalation. Negotiations are the only solution,” Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters on Sunday. “Signing an agreement is a prerequisite for us before filling the dam. Sudan has…

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Africa Utilities 

Nigeria: Investigation – Delta Residents Lament As Fully, Partially Funded NDDC Water Projects Are Abandoned

On Friday, October 11, 2019, this reporter turned her attention to Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Her first stopover was Okuno Community. On February 11, 2011, the NDDC awarded the contract for the construction a solar-powered water project in Okuno community to Philvianno Nig Ltd. The commission’s official records show that the project is ongoing. However, our findings show that the borehole was abandoned and overgrown with weeds. “This borehole has been this way for more than five years now,” Agorson Sunny, a community leader, said angrily.…

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Africa Utilities 

How Water Scarcity Adds to Women’s Burden in Northern Ghana

Attaining universal and fair access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by the year 2030 is considered basic in attaining the Sustainable Development Objective 6. However about 4 billion individuals, nearly two-thirds of the population of the world, face severe water shortage and over 2 billion individuals reside in countries experiencing high water tension. Water system is not equitably dispersed across the globe. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 40%of the population lacks safe drinking water.  Another measurement of water inequality is gender. A research study conducted in 25 sub-Saharan…

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Utilities 

South Africa’s average dam levels increase by almost 2%

Recent consistent rainfalls in large parts of the country have increased the average dam levels by almost 2% in the past week, a Department of Water and Sanitation report said on Tuesday. Gauteng, which recorded the highest levels recently, has seen its levels drop from 103% to 98.9%. South Africa’s dam levels soared from 62.4% last week to 64%. There are an average 20,486,3 cubic metres of water that is stored in reservoirs, the report says. Limpopo’s dam levels continue to rise, moving from 62.3%  a week ago to 69%…

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Mining 

Illegal mining polluting underground water sources in Ghana – CWSA

The activities of illegal miners are not only affecting surface water quality but underground water as well, Mr. Wolanyo Kwadjo Siabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency has indicated. “Underground water which over the years have been described as the safest, had had its quality compromised with traces and the continual rise of minerals such as arsenic, manganese and fluoride particularly in mining communities”. The CEO who made this known to Journalists during a working visit of CWSA Board members said water coverage now stood…

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