The Stream, March 18, 2021: Ethiopia Opposes Outside Mediation In Dam Negotiations


  • Ethiopia rejects Sudan’s request for outside mediation for negotiating a controversial dam.
  • A new report finds homeless residents of San Francisco lack adequate access to clean water.
  • The city of Toledo, Ohio accepted $2 million to remove lead water lines throughout the city.
  • Australian officials are asking for an explanation for millions of dollars spent by the Department of Agriculture for water buybacks.

The British government announced millions will be spent on reducing flood risk in coastal communities.

“This vital work reduces the risk of flooding to homes and businesses on the coast, and we’re delighted we can, once again, go ahead in line with coronavirus restrictions.” – Deborah Campbell, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency. The United Kingdom government announced £7 million ($8.3 million) will fund beach management work to reduce the risk of flooding for Lincolnshire’s coastal communities. The work, which includes replenishing sand on coastal beaches between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point, will begin next month. The project is expected to protect 20,000 homes and businesses and 35,000 hectares of land from flooding.


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Report Finds Homeless In San Francisco Lack Access To Clean Water

A new report from the Coalition of Homelessness, a nonprofit in San Francisco, California, found that 68 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they face barriers to accessing daily water needs. The report said the pandemic has intensified the lack of access to clean water among unhoused San Franciscans, with a majority of survey respondents saying they don’t have access to 15 liters of water per day. The average San Franciscan consumes over 155 liters of water every day. The report included several recommendations, including guaranteeing “stable and permanent housing for all of San Francisco’s residents” in the long term and expanding city-wide efforts to provide “accessible, potable drinking water for all of its residents” in the short term.



The Toledo City Council accepted a $2 million grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority to replace around 800 lead water lines throughout the city. The Toledo Blade reports that the city’s director of public utilities, Ed Moore, estimates that 30,000 public lead water lines exist throughout the city, in addition to 3,000 private lines.


The Guardian reports that Labor party officials are demanding an explanation for an $80 million water buyback from Eastern Australia Agriculture, calling it a “waste of taxpayers’ money.” Sen. Rex Patrick is also calling for the bureaucrat in charge of the federal government’s $250 million program of water buybacks to resign after the Department of Agriculture may have paid $13 million too much for one purchase.


The Associated Press reports that Ethiopia has rejected Sudan’s calls for outside mediators in negotiations over the filling and operating of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. On Monday, Sudan formally requested mediation by the European Union, the United States and the African Union to resolve the ongoing dispute.

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