Accidental water-well to quench thirst in Kajiado

A Chinese company has discovered a natural water source in Kajiado with a capacity to supply over 1700 cubic metres per hour.
The water, which began to ooze from an underground aquifer three months ago, has already formed a stream stretching 100km downstream.
The area has no seasonal rivers and access to water has been a major challenge.
Purified and supplied China Communication Construction Company Deputy General Manager Guo Ging now says his company will build two 800-cubic-metre-capacity tanks that will act as storage for the water which will then be purified and supplied to homes.
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Residents say the water source is a miracle and a blessing to many.
“We have been surviving on limited water supply or digging deep in our pockets to get water at an additional price.
“The water has already been directed to the community Oloshoibor Mega Dam for distribution and local consumption.
“Livestock community troughs will be put up along the water stream to aid locals,” Lenku said.

Quenching a thirst? Investing in water-related funds

As natural resources go, oil tends to get more attention from investors than clean drinking water, even against the backdrop of headline-grabbing shortages in Flint, Michigan, South Africa and elsewhere.
But a few funds are showing that investing in utilities and water infrastructure and technology companies can pay off, especially for long-term investors looking to diversify their portfolio.
Each holds shares in U.S. water utilities, such as American Water Works, infrastructure companies like Aegion Corp. and technology companies like Xylem, a supplier of energy-saving pumps and controls for hot water systems.
The three ETFs are all up around 15 percent over the past 12 months.
The idea being that as demand for water grows along with the population, so will the need for new infrastructure and upkeep on water systems.
The Swell Clean Water portfolio is managed and investors own shares in the companies and can remove stocks from the portfolio.
It’s up 11 percent over the past 12 months.
For investors considering water-focused funds, it’s best to think of them as a long-term, diversification play.
“As such, the ETFs have less defensive characteristics than traditional utilities ETFs,” Rosenbluth said.
“We think there is investment merit from a diversification perspective other than from an impact investing one.” Copyright © 2018 The Associated Press.

Water board unprepared to quench Hyderabad’s thirst

In a letter written to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), the state irrigation department has said that it will not be able to maintain the minimum draw down level (MDDL) of 510 feet at the Nagarjunasagar Dam in the Krishna river basin.
Even though the Water Board already has emergency pumps, the installation of a pumping station will cost `5 crore.
According to highly-placed sources in the corporation, the irrigation department has alerted the Water Board regarding the situation and asked it to prepare to carry out emergency pumping from the Krishna basin.
The official said that it would take at least two weeks to complete the bidding process after receiving the government’s approval.
Additional 25 MGD water to be supplied per day The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) have been finalising plans to ensure that there is no water scarcity in the upcoming summer months.
The Water Board will supply additional 25 million gallons a day (MGD) water from Godavari basin.
The Water Board has been supplying 56.00 MGD against the drawing capacity of 86.00 MGD from SripadaYellampally (Godavari) already.
Water Board managing director Mr M. Dana Kishore stated that adequate water was available and that temporary measures were being taken to ensure that there were no supply problems during the summer.
Mr Dana Kishore said 400 MGD of water was being supplied daily in the city.
The HMWS&SB MD has directed officials to complete the work by month-end in localities that were not being served by tankers to ensure that there was tap supply of water.

Steps underway to quench thirst of livestock

Ads by Kiosked Anantapur: With the month of April experiencing high temperature, livestock-cows, buffaloes, sheep and goats- are questing for drinking water to just wet their throats.
Highlights: New scheme of constructing water tubs for the cattle launched on April 3 in Anantapur district The scheme is jointly executed by DWMA and Animal Husbandry department To offset drinking water shortage, District Collector Kona Sasidhar devised a new scheme to cater to water requirements of 48 lakh sheep and cattle in the district.
The purpose of the scheme is to provide drinking water tubs for the cattle in all villages in the district.
The scheme was launched by the Collector on April 3, 2017 to supply water to livestock especially during the on-going summer months.
These are community water tubs and all the cattle can quench its thirst from the tubs.
The construction of each tub costs Rs 25,000 with 17 per cent of it as wage component and 83 percent for materials.
In case of water scarcity, tankers will supply water to the water tubs and ensure availability of water for livestock throughout the day.
All the water tubs’ construction has been completed and proving to be a great boon to the cattle even as mercury levels are rising.
To effectively tackle thirst of livestock, the scheme is being executed on a war footing to prevent animal deaths and distress sales.
By Ravi P Benjamin