Day: 18 April 2005
Will the Water Decade achieve its goals?
The launch of the United Nations' International Decade for Action, "Water for Life" (2005-2015) on World Water Day, 22 March 2005, will be the second international decade on water-related issues under the auspices of the UN. The first was the decade on Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation (1981-1990).
EPA accused over sewage policy
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new guidelines to secure drinking water and wastewater treatment plants against terrorist or other attacks but stands accused on another front of allowing millions of Americans to face increased threats of bacteria, viruses and parasites in their water. A new EPA policy allows sewer operators to dump inadequately treated sewage into US waterways.
WTP first for the Philippines
A new 30,000m3/d water treatment plant in San Jose del Monte City, near Manila, will the be the first plant of its type in the Asia Pacific region. Contractors Black & Veatch have started work on the plant which will utilize the Counter Current Dissolved Air Flotation and Filtration (COCODAFF) system.
Ministers ratify agreement on the Danube and Tisza
The countries of the Danube River Basin endorsed the Danube Declaration on 16 December pledging to strengthen transboundary cooperation on sustainable water resource management within the region. The Declaration was finalised at the first ministerial meeting of the Danube River Protection Convention in Vienna.
US wades into Iraqi water
Iraq's Minister of Municipalities and Public Works asked leaders from the North American water community to provide technical and operational expertise to assist her country in rebuilding its water infrastructure at a meeting hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) on 8 December.
UNICEF and Clinton launch Tsunami Water and Sanitation Fund
Former US president Bill Clinton and UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy announced a joint initiative to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit countries around the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004.
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