Monthly Archives: Juli 2019

‘Niti working out proposal to set up desalination plants along coastline to tide over water crisis’ – India

The Niti Aayog is working on a proposal to set up a string of floating desalination plants in marine waters along the country’s over 7,500-km coastline, with a view to tide over the water crisis being faced in major urban centres of India.

Recently, several parts of the country, especially Chennai, faced severe water crisis, owing to poor storage in various reservoirs following deficit rainfall.

“The Niti Aayog is working on linking desalination of sea waters with the Sagarmala project,” a top government official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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1,000 protest a planned desalination plant in northern Israel – Israel

1,000 residents of Acre and the Mateh Asher regional council protested on Thursday against the decision to build a desalination plant in the area, according to Channel 13.

Heavy traffic was reported as protestors blocked the Lohamei HaGeta’ot junction.The protestors are fighting against the decision to build the desalination plant in the middle of agricultural land and near residential areas and housing for soldiers.

According to design principles, these types of plants are supposed to be built in industrial areas or in their own area.

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Chennai records 56 per cent above normal rainfall, but little water in reservoirs – India

Chennai has recorded 56 per cent above normal rainfall since June 1, with 247.5 millimetres rainfall from June 1 to July 27.

Despite the good rains, Chennai’s reservoirs — Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam — have not seen any significant improvement in water levels.

The combined storage at the four reservoirs stood at 16 Mcft against 1,734 Mcft last year.

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Iran Desalination Capacity to Rise by 300,000 Cubic Meters Per Day by 2021 – Iran

In the past six years, 39 desalination units with a capacity of approximately 174,000 cubic meters per day (63.7 million cubic meters a year), are operating mostly in the southern coasts.

Sixty desalination plants with a capacity of over 242,000 cubic meters per day (88.4 mcm per year) are operating in different regions in Iran, The Energy Ministry news portal reported.

Construction of another 25 desalinating projects is underway, which upon completion by 2021 will add 300,000 cubic meters of water to daily output.

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Despite Rainfall, Chennai Reservoirs Still Remain Dry – India

Despite good rains over the last 10 days, Chennai’s reservoirs remain dry. As a result, the water levels in Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam remain unchanged.

On Thursday morning at 8.30, the Chennai airport observatory had received 29.4 mm rain over the past 24 hours, according to the IMD’s Chennai office. Nungambakkam station got 26.4 mm over the same period.

In the week ending July 24, too, Chennai had received ‘large excess’ rainfall. Good amounts of rainfall on Monday and Wednesday brought 56 mm rainfall to the city, which is a 168% jump over the normal rainfall of 20.9 mm during this period. Nearby Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts also received excess rainfall.

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Desalination could be an option for KZN, but not in the near future – Durban

Desalination may be considered as an option to supply additional water for the growing population in and around Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, in the long term, but Umgeni Water is continuing with plans for more traditional water schemes for now.

Umgeni Water planning services manager Kevin Meier this week said the utility had conducted a detailed feasibility study to look at desalination as a bulk water supplier a few years ago.

It considered the viability of two large-scale desalination plants – one on the South Coast just outside Durban, and the other near Tongaat on the North Coast.

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City of Cape Town vows to defend contractual dispute over desalination plant – Cape Town

The City of Cape Town Council says it filed an intention to defend a litigation battle with Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) in connection with contractual disputes over its desalination plants.

“It must be understood clearly that the city did not institute court proceedings, it was QFS,” the City of Cape Town Council said.

Mayoral committee member for water and waste services Xanthea Limberg said the city council did not intend to litigate through the media, but it was understood the two parties were in meetings trying to negotiate an out of court settlement. Last month, QFS lodged court papers in the Western Cape High Court.

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Gujarat plans 37 crore litre capacity desalination plants – India

Water Supplies Minister Kunwarji Bavaliya told the Assembly during discussion on budgetary allocation for water resources last week that “with an aim to tap the state’s long 1,600 coastline for our water needs, we have taken this significant decision that will reduce the Saurashtra-Kutch region’s dependence on the Narmada dam for drinking water

.”He said that a pilot project of 10 crore litres of water a day will be set up at Jodiya in Jamnagar district on a PPP basis. The government will only provide the land for the project, whereas the financial requirements for the project will be borne by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set by private players.

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Work on $60m desalination plant continues in Al Jahra – Kuwait

Construction of a $60million desalination plant is progressing on schedule, with Golden Rays Electromechanical Works acting as infrastructure contractor.

The plant is owned by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water, and is located at Al Jahra.

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Six mega water projects launched in Saudi Arabia to serve pilgrims – Saudi Arabia

Dignitaries in Saudi Arabia inaugurated a number of water projects in Makkah and additional holy sites worth over SR3.1 (US $826 million) billion last week.

According to Eng. Abdulrahman Bin Abdulmuhsen Al-Fadhli, minister of environment, water and agriculture, these projects will serve visitors to Makkah and the holy sites.

Saudi Arabia plans to receive 15 million pilgrims and Umrah performers by the year 2020 and 30 million by the year 2030, in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

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