Monthly Archives: August 2019

Sea Becomes More Appealing for Sustainable Water Supply in Iran – Iran

Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian says tapping into the sea to produce potable water is on the agenda because it is more feasible for sustainable supplies rather than depleting drying underground resources.

“Feasibility studies to build new desalination plants to provide drinking water in the southern regions is over and work will commence soon,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Energy Ministry news portal.

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Enough money, but very little for water, says WWC chief – Sweden

Stockholm: “There are large pools of capital for investments that could be used for ambitious water projects, but it is not happening. It is up to political leaders to be bold and embrace practical responses for water preservation. The World Water Week (WWW) is a platform to show them the way .”

A strong signal of commitment needs to come from all levels of political governance from across the world to set the tone and increase financing flows for water resources security and management.

World Water Council president Loic Fauchon shared these views with leaders of the water community and decision-makers during the World Water Week at Stockholm.

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Coastal Bend desalination plant closer to reality – Texas

After decades of talk, it looks like desalination is the wave of the future for the city’s water supply; and with time to spare.

The Corpus Christi City Council approved a plan Tuesday which will determine when the city will need to have a alternate water supply. The plan also moves the city forward with plans for a saltwater desalination plant.

If everything goes according to plan, a desal plant could be up-and-running either somewhere along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, or in San Patricio County’s La Quinta corridor, by the end of 2022.

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South Africa is a world leader in water technology – now we just have to put it into practice – South Africa

South Africa is a top 20 producer of new knowledge in the water domain globally. Many of our innovations can not only help solve South African problems, but also position South Africa as a global manufacturing hub for these products.

South Africa’s economy is being tossed like a cork in the stormy waters of an unprecedented and violent recalibration of the global economy.

Some argue that this is a natural reaction to the adjustment from a uni-polar single superpower world of 20 years ago to the one of multiple centres of power – economic, political and military – we have today.

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AquaVenture subsidiary extends Bahamas agreement – Bahamas

An operating segment of Tampa’s AquaVenture Holdings has extended its agreement with a customer in The Bahamas by nine years.

Under the agreement, Seven Seas Water will continue to deliver potable water and wastewater treatment services to the Emerald Bay development in Great Exuma, The Bahamas as well as perform certain equipment upgrade services.

“This is our second contract extension and exemplifies the long-term relationships we seek to develop with our customers. We look forward to continuing to provide high levels of service under this contract for the next decade,” Olaf N. Krohg, CEO of Seven Seas Water said in a statement.

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Rising sea threatens South Florida’s drinking water and region’s economy – Florida

You grab the last box, freshly packed with life’s memories. As you drive toward the highway, you pass the ruins of what used to be the city you made a home.

The downtown is now a ghost town. Your company has laid you off because all the offices are being forced to close. You must leave the city that you love. Why? The city that floods almost every day no longer has fresh drinking water.

Unfortunately, this scenario might become a reality for most of South Florida’s residents, who receives their drinking water from one source, the Biscayne Aquifer. The aquifer serves residents in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Earthtalk: Can desalination saves us from freshwater woes?

The protagonist of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 lyrical ballad The Rime of the Ancient Mariner proclaims “Water water everywhere / nor any drop to drink” as his ship drifts through Antarctic seas with no land (or freshwater) in sight and the crew slowly dying of thirst.

An allegory for our modern age if there ever was one, we’re all in the same boat today given the fact that seawater covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface while freshwater becomes scarcer in the face of overpopulation and global warming.

Indeed, upwards of 700 million people around the world lack access to clean water while drought conditions become the norm not the exception in many arid regions.

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Four new 640MLD desal & RO plants will end Chennai’s water woes: Minister – India

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government will ensure Chennai city has a permanent water supply capacity of 870 million litres a day (MLD) in the next five years by constructing two more desalination plants of 150 MLD and 400 MLD at Nemmeli and Perur and two 45 MLD tertiary treatment reverse osmosis plants, municipal administration minister S P Velumani announced on Friday.

Addressing the Times of India water conclave aimed at making Chennai water positive, the minister said 260 MLD of waste water would be recycled and diverted to industries to replace the potable water supplied now. Besides new sources such as the Thalakanacheri quarry, Nallambakkam quarry and Pulipakkam quarry with a potential of 60 MLD had been identified. The feasibility study for extraction of water from these sources was on.

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Tender briefs … Pilot desalination plants for the south – Namibia

THE national water utility NamWater issued a tender for the construction of experimental desalination plants at Grünau and Bethanie in southern Namibia.

These plants will be powered by renewable energy and membrane technology.

The tender, which is open to Namibian companies and joint ventures, was advertised on the company’s website early this month.

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Sydney dam levels drop below 50 per cent for first time in 12 years – Sydney

Sydney’s dam storage levels have dipped below 50 per cent for the first time in 12 years with no end in sight to drought conditions.

Greater Sydney’s dam capacity this week fell to 49.7 per cent, according to Water NSW, which is 0.4 per cent down from the previous week.

That means dam levels are below 50 per cent for the first time since 2007. They initially dropped under the halfway mark in 2004.

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