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Mauritius: Government Programme 2015-2019 - Ensuring a Proper Domestic Water Supply, Electricity Production and Distribution

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There are not enough dams to collect water in Mauritius and most of the rainwater runs into the sea. Credit to NasseemAckbarally IPSThere are not enough dams to collect water in Mauritius and most of the rainwater runs into the sea. Credit to Nasseem Ackbarally IPSGovernment Programme 2015-2019 spells out the major reforms to be brought to the public utilities sector, especially in relation to domestic water supply, electricity production and distribution as well as waste management. Addressing the long standing problem of water supply in the country remains a priority.

Various measures have been defined in that respect for the wellbeing of the population. The most prominent are the mobilisation of the water resources as well as infrastructure including the renewal and replacement of pipes to reduce water loss and ensure a year round water supply.

The Bagatelle Dam will be also completed within a year and a new dam will be constructed at Rivière des Anguilles to improve water supply in the South region. Furthermore, provision is being made to increase the capacity of La Nicolière reservoir to satisfy growing demand in the North.

Targets & Indicators
Managing wastewater and pollution to protect water quality

Target D. Reduce wastewater pollution and improve water quality by reducingTarget D: Reduce wastewater pollution and improve water quality by reducing untreated domestic and industrial wastewater by (x%); increasing wastewater reused safely by (y%); and reducing nutrient pollution by (z%) to maximize water resource availability.In addition to adequate volumes of water, social and economic development is also dependent on good water quality. Human activity is the main cause of pollution that makes water dangerous, expensive or even unusable. There is a need to limit pollution, manage wastewater and protect and improve the quality of water thus enabling needs to be met safely.

The proposed target reflects the growing urgency for effective wastewater management and prevention of water-related pollution. Managing the human and environmental impacts of poor wastewater management and increasing the re-use of wastewater for productive purposes has significant public health, environmental and economic benefits.

Purifying Water with Nanotech

Members are working on ways to make water potable

By Kathy Pretz

When water molecules red and white and sodium and chlorine ions green andWhen water molecules [red and white] and sodium and chlorine ions [green and purple] in saltwater encounter a sheet of graphene with holes of the right size [center], the water passes through from right to left, but the sodium and chlorine from the salt are blocked. Image: David Cohen-TanugiAbout 1 of every 6 people around the world has noadequate access to water, and more than twice thatnumber lack basic sanitation, for which water is essential,according to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.One of the Grand Challenges for Engineering set forthby the academy aims to develop technology that will makepolluted water potable.

It’s not that the world doesn’t have enough water. Globally,water is abundant, but most of it is in the oceans, whereit’s unsuitable for drinking without expensive desalination.Another problem for some developing countries is thatcontaminated drinking water contains bacteria and otherpollutants. The application of nanotechnology to purifywater is the focus of many papers presented at IEEEconferences and published in the IEEE Xplore DigitalLibrary. Two are described here.

Dams will not solve all Africa’s energy problems

By Rudo Sanyanga

A surge of water signals that Pres. Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves duringA surge of water signals that Pres. Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo in MarchThe world’s water experts convene in Stockholm onThursday where King Carl Gustav will present thecity’s Water Prize to John Briscoe, a Harvard professorand former water manager at the World Bank. After many years spent in the international water bureaucracy, Briscoesays he is “controversial and proud of it”.

Indeed, thejury’s choice raises contentious questions about how bestto manage water resources for the shared benefit of all.Since the turn of the century, Briscoe has been the world’spre-eminent crusader for large dams in Africa and othercontinents. In the 20th century, Europe developed about80% of its hydropower potential, while Africa has stillexploited only 8% of its own.

Progress in the Millennium

By Mahmoud Mohieldin

World Banks What Will It Take campaign lets people share their ideas onWorld Banks What Will It Take campaign lets people share their ideas onIn September 2000, world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals.

Until then, few dared to imagine goals such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, universalizing access to education or reducing maternal mortality would be possible. Now, with 500 days left before the end of 2015, the MDGs are less a leap of imagination and more of a challenge that many leaders feel is within reach.

 

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United Nations Watercourses Convention Enters Into Force

Landmark global framework on fresh water to improve water security, conflict resolution and cooperation across borders

On August 17, 2014 the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the first global framework on fresh water and the world’s only global framework for transboundary cooperation endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, officially entered into force.

Pacific Islanders call for tougher UN ocean laws

Declaration from 16 states to be presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during September climate summit

By Sophie Yeo

IUCNIUCNThe Pacific Islands say they will push for an agreement on ocean conservation at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit in September.

The Palau Declaration is the product of four days of discussions, which wrap up today, between Pacific Island states at their annual Forum. “As Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, we have and will continue to play a central role in the stewardship of one of the greatest natural endowments in the world – the Pacific Ocean,” says the Declaration.

 

                           


            

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