Water

February 12, 2014
Faced with mounting international and, more importantly, public pressure to clean up its heavily polluted environment, China’s leadership is determined to let industrial polluters know that there’s a new sheriff in town.
ADB President Nakao
February 07, 2014
Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources should be managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao. “We need to think differently about water and its uses for food and energy production—and take action,” Nakao told delegates in a keynote speech yesterday at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
February 07, 2014
China's Ministry of Water Resources says it has established a new performance appraisal system to evaluate local governments on their management of water resources.
February 04, 2014
China will soon begin production of large amounts of fresh water through the desalination of sea ice, becoming the first country to do so, according to university researchers and a Chinese company last week.
January 27, 2014
Beijing will begin work on 16 new water reclamation plants this year, adding to the 14 now under construction and 16 in operation as authorities strive to provide the thirsty capital with a stable "second water source,"
Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir memorial
January 06, 2014
Vision enables us to look far and think beyond present circumstances. If we cannot envision, we do not know where we want to go; and we certainly would not get there. By nature, Hong Kong is a water scarce city, which makes a water vision all the more relevant. So what is Hong Kong’s water vision? Ever since the DongShen Water Supply Project helped to secure 70-80 percent of Hong Kong’s fresh water demand, innovation in developing water solutions rapidly declined.
January 06, 2014
China announced on Friday that it is considering a three-tiered system for water usage by the end of 2015 which will apply additional to levies households that use more water.
ASE Pollution Scandal
December 13, 2013
Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) – the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider – is facing the threat of heavy fines, law suits and loss of business after it was found to be illegally discharging waste water via concealed pipes at its plants.
December 03, 2013
The UK’s Modern Water Plc, which is taking part in a trade mission to China led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that it has landed three contracts to build forward-osmosis desalination plants in the country.  
The need for urban climate change resilience
December 02, 2013
Leaders from the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have announced the launch of a new trust fund designed to scale up urban climate change resilience in 25 Asian cities.
November 29, 2013
Philippines brewing, food and energy conglomerate San Miguel Corp, the country’s biggest company, will bid for a 24.4 billion-peso (USD558 million) bulk water-supply project in Bulacan province, north of the Manila.
November 28, 2013
Select restaurants, tourist attractions and construction projects have been shuttered around the pollution-plagued Danjiangkou reservoir in central China, the Ministry of Environmental Protection announced on Tuesday.
November 21, 2013
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping China (PRC) improve the quality of wastewater management and reuse through a USD240 million private sector loan package to Beijing Enterprises Water Group (BEWG), an integrated water infrastructure operator. The loan agreement was signed yesterday in Beijing.
November 21, 2013
The coming winter months usually means a sharp increase in air pollution in Northern China’s already smog-choked cities as communities fire-up their coal-powered heating systems.
November 11, 2013
A research group with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has started testing country's first tidal power turbine system to examine the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity for the city state.
October 31, 2013
China is to speed up the introduction of environmental protection and resource management legislation amid rising public concern over pollution.
October 31, 2013
India’s Essar Group, plans to increase its India water revenue more than fourfold by 2017 to meet the rising demand for water-treatment and supply projects.
October 23, 2013
China's Ministry of Finance has allocated CNY6.33 billion (USD1.03 billion) for irrigation and water conservation projects.
October 22, 2013
A US maker of membranes for seawater desalination, NanoH20, says it will invest USD45 million to build a membrane manufacturing plant in eastern China to help ease the country’s growing water supply problems.
October 16, 2013
Singaporean water treatment company SIIC Environment Holdings is looking to raise SGD260.2 million (USD208.7 million) to help it tap into the USD850 billion that China has said it will spend over the next decade to improve its water resources.