Day: 14 April 2005
India-Nepal flood plans collaboration
A two-day meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) in New Dehli in October resulted in the constitution of a joint technical group to prepare a strategy for flood control. The Comprehensive Master Plan on Flood Forecasting and Warning is intended to alleviate suffering caused to millions in both countries.
Receding water levels and declining oxygen levels in Lake Victoria could destroy its ability to sustain biological life
According to Prof Shem Wandiga, chairman of the Pan African Start Committee (Pacom), the death of the world's second largest lake is being caused by poor planning, increased population and lack of sewer maintenance. He warned in October that the continued presence of water hyacinth and the growth of algae pose a further threat, as does toxic pollution from Tanzanian mining activities.
WHO launches new standards for drinking water
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality (Third Edition) (GDWQ) were launched at the IWA Congress in Marrakech in September. They are intended to help regulators and service providers the world over maintain and improve the quality of their potable water.
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