Monthly Archives: November 2019

Mallorca News Top Story: New desalination plant requested for Santanyí, Mallorca – Spain

SANTANYÍ, Campos and Ses Salines in Mallorca, Spain, have joined forces to demand that a new desalination plant is built to guarantee a supply of drinking water in the municipalities.

Desalination is the removal of salt and impurities from seawater to produce a fresh supply suitable for drinking and irrigation. Through a reverse osmosis system, seawater is passed through a pre-treatment filter that removes large and small particles.

Maria Pons, the Mayor of Santanyí, has presented her request for the new plant to Joana Maria Garau, the Director General of Water Resources of the Ministry of Environment. Pons asks that a plant is built to improve the quality of water in the municipality, which is currently poor, through a system that will “help raise the water levels of the wells to allow for a potable supply.”

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Securing Geelong’s Water Supplies – Australia

Barwon Water will be able to access more water from the Victorian water grid after completing and turning on a new pump station connected to the Melbourne to Geelong pipeline at Lovely Banks.

The new pump station means Barwon Water can extend the reach of the 59-kilometre Melbourne to Geelong pipeline (MGP), a crucial water security measure that was switched on in April.

Having access to the pipeline in addition to Barwon’s storages and the Anglesea borefield – as well as encouraging water savings and use of alternative water supplies such as recycled water and stormwater – means water supplies for the City and surrounding districts are secure.

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SWCC awards EPC contract for water network project in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for a water transmission pipeline project to Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanic Works Company.

State-owned SWCC is responsible for developing and operating power and desalination plants and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water, according to its website.

“The EPC contract for Water Transmission System Package B1 from Al Khobar to Dammam/Jamiah was awarded last week to Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanic Works Company,” a source close to the project said.

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Solar desalination aids water crisis – South Africa

South Africa is facing a serious water crisis, particularly the provinces of the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Witsand in the Hessequa Municipality.

The Western Cape was chosen as the location for Africa’s first seawater solar desalination plant.

Despite the recognition that access to water and sanitation is a human right, in 2015, 3 in 10 people (2.1 billion) did not have access to safe drinking water, and 6 in 10 (4.5 billion) had no access to safely managed sanitation facilities.

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Hyflux reaches $290m deal with Middle Eastern savior – Singapore

Embattled water company Hyflux said Tuesday that it has reached a restructuring agreement with United Arab Emirates-based utility company Utico, which will invest 400 million Singapore dollars ($290 million) and acquire a 95% stake in the Singapore company.

The announcement came as Hyflux faces the deadline for its $2 billion debt moratorium on Dec. 2. The company is to explain the progress of the restructuring negotiations at a court hearing this Friday Nov. 29, where it will seek another extension of the moratorium.

Of the SG$400 million to be invested by Utico, SG$300 million will be used to acquire Hyflux’s shares, while the remaining SG$100 million will be poured in as working capital, according to the statement released by Hyflux.

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Residents to have their say on Belmont desalination plant – New York

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is asking for community feedback on an application by Hunter Water for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont.

Executive Director, Infrastructure Assessments, David Gainsford, said community input is a vital part of the planning process and encouraged everyone to have their say on the draft proposal.

“Hunter Water has lodged a State Significant Infrastructure application for a desalination plant at Belmont which could be used to supplement the Lower Hunter’s water supplies during times of extreme drought,” Mr Gainsford said.

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Tugun desalination producing 15 per cent of southeast Queensland’s water supply during drought – Australia

THE desalination plant at Tugun has revved up to full capacity, producing 15 per cent of southeast Queensland’s water supply at a time when two-thirds of the state is in drought.

It comes as the State Government launches a new campaign called “Every Drop Counts”, urging Gold Coasters to limit their water consumption by cutting usage by 25 per cent to 150 litres per person per day.

Gold Coasters are the thirstiest water consumers in the southeast, using 182 litres every day, well above the 169-litre average.

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EIR for desal project approved – United States

Ocean water desalination, in which salt and other compounds would be removed from water in the Pacific and introduced into the water supply for drinking and other potential uses, could have numerous potential benefits, West Basin said, including “reducing reliance on imported water, improving water security through increased local control of water supplies,” and “improving climate resiliency” by providing a water source that is not dependent on the shifting volume of rain and snow that arrives each year.

Opponents, however, have said that the project poses significant environmental issues. The desalination process is energy-intensive, even more so than carrying imported water hundreds of miles from other parts of the state.

And it also arrives as alternatives for enhancing the water supply, many of them focused around water recycling and which are less energy-intensive, are becoming more widespread. 

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SCWD Examines Drilling Plan for Desal Plant – California

An engineering firm advising the South Coast Water District on its proposed Doheny desalination project was summoned Thursday, Nov. 14, to explain how officials might mitigate the risks of using a relatively-new drilling method to siphon seawater from beneath the ocean floor.

Brian Villalobos, principal geohyrdrologist for GEOSCIENCE Support Services, told the SCWD Board of Directors that drilling slant wells, rather than vertical or horizontal wells, off Doheny State Beach is ideal because of the dynamic hydrological and environmental conditions. Villalobos said alternatives to the proposed project would have a greater impact on San Juan Creek’s lagoon and stream flow.

“We felt these weren’t acceptable because of all the problems they would create, and they’re not really solving problems,” Villalobos said.

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Call for comment on proposed desalination plant – Durban

Durban – The Department of Environmental Affairs is calling for public comment after it recently granted an environmental authorisation for a proposed desalination plant in the north of eThekwini near oThongathi.

Desalination refers to the process of removing salt from seawater to make it fit for human consumption.

Umgeni Water – the applicants in the project – stressed that while the environmental authorisation had been granted, there was no intention to construct a desalination plant in the north or south of eThekwini at this stage.

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