Monthly Archives: März 2020

Average Palestinian consumes 87 litres of water per day – Palestine

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Palestinian Meteorological Department have disclosed that the average Palestinian consumes 87.3 litres of water per day.

This rate has reached 90.5 litres per day in the West Bank, according to joint statistics issued by the three institutions, while recording an improvement in recent years following the completion of water projects that have been able to boost the water resources and reduce waste.

Currently in Gaza, the per capita share has reached 83.1 litres, with a decrease of 5.2 litres compared with last year, as a result of the population growth. This takes into account the high water pollution rates and the amount of potable water fit for human consumption, divided by the population, which equals only 22.4 litres of fresh water per capita per day.

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TAQA revenue stays stable at $4.79bn in 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), a leading global energy company with operations in 11 countries, said the total group revenues were stable at Dh17.6 billion ($4.79 billion) in 2019 (down 1% versus 2018). 

It said the group had achieved strong operational performance for the year with increased production levels across its businesses: power, water, oil and gas. “This helped ensure continued financial profitability for the group for a third consecutive year, despite more challenging market conditions for the oil and gas industry,” the company said.

The net income attributable to TAQA shareholders was Dh234 million, a Dh164 million decrease year-on-year, it said.

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South Chennai to get water from alternative sources – India

Chennai Metrowater is drawing additional water from Chembarambakkam reservoir to maintain piped water supply in south Chennai to offset the gap in distribution following the shutdown of the desalination plant in Nemmeli.

The water agency stopped supply from the desalination plant since Tuesday.

The plant has a capacity to supply 100 million litres a day to various parts of south Chennai. It has, however, resumed piped water supply with alternative sources from waterbodies in Chembarambakkam and Veeranam.

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Coronavirus: Slice of $100m budget can fix Krowor desalination plant – NDC to Akufo-Addo – Ghana

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to allocate part of his $100 million coronavirus budget in making the water desalination plant in Krowor operational again.

The scarcity of water in the area has become a nightmare amidst the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.

A statement issued by the constituency chairman, Willinda Bortey Wradi said the acute water shortage within Nungua, Teshie, among others makes nonsense of the WHO safety recommendations of regular handwashing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Covid-19: Handwashing is ‘not a threat’ to Cape Town’s water supply

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has said residents must continue washing their hands in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and not to worry that it might be a threat to the water supply.

This comes as the weekly dams level statistics were released on Monday, showing that dams supplying the Cape metro have declined by 1,3% over the past week (9 March – 15 March 2020) to 61,3% of total capacity.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg said: “While mindful consumption of water is still important, the City encourages residents to proceed with diligent hand-washing practices for the benefit of our individual and collective health. Hand-washing uses comparatively less water than other activities and is not expected to pose a threat to water security.”

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Gradiant Expands into Australia with Acquisition of CRS Water – Australia

Gradiant today announced its acquisition of Sydney based CRS Water Pty. Ltd, marking the company’s expansion into Australia.

The acquisition enables Gradiant to leverage its proprietary technologies and strong financing capabilities alongside CRS’s project delivery expertise, access to industrial customers, and relationships with leading contractors, corporations and municipalities, facilitating access to Australia’s burgeoning water market.

Bill Kelly, the managing director and founder of CRS Water will continue to lead the company for a two-year transitional period.

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Water supply in south Chennai to be affected – India

Piped water supply to several areas in south Chennai may be affected for 15 days, from March 17, as Chennai Metrowater plans to take up work at the Nemmeli desalination plant, that has a capacity to treat 100 million litres of seawater a day.

The water agency will fix the travelling band screen, a self-cleaning screen in the seawater intake structure, at the desalination plant. The work will be taken up between 6 a.m. on March 17 and 6 a.m. on April 1.

Due to the work, piped water supply to areas 9, 13, 14 and 15 will be affected. The localities include Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakkam, Perungudi, Adyar, Velachery, Besant Nagar, Mandaveli, Sholinganallur and Neelankarai.

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Poseidon desal plant gets fresh analysis, but coronavirus delays Friday meeting – California

A water board staff report prepared for the meeting provides apparent justification for the board to approve the project, but it also notes the board may disagree and request a revision.

Poseidon Water needs just two more permits to go forward — one from the water board and then one from the Coastal Commission

The workshop planned for Friday was to follow up a similar session held in December. At that meeting, several key issues continued to concern some board members, who requested additional information on whether the desalinated water was needed and whether the proposed mitigation was adequate for the environmental damage expected.

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System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater – Cambridge

A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area.

Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source.

The system uses multiple layers of flat solar evaporators and condensers, lined up in a vertical array and topped with transparent aerogel insulation. It is described in a paper appearing today in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, authored by MIT doctoral students Lenan Zhang and Lin Zhao, postdoc Zhenyuan Xu, professor of mechanical engineering and department head Evelyn Wang, and eight others at MIT and at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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New initiative to strengthen water desalination sector in Oman – Oman

France-headquartered resource management specialist, Veolia, has joined forces with Oman’s Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Company, and Sohar Operation Services, to launch an apprenticeship initiative aimed at elevating the quality of talent entering Oman’s desalination sector.

The nine-month programme will include theoretical learning within a classroom environment as well as on-the-job training for Omani mechanical and electrical engineering graduates from the Sultan Qaboos University and the Salalah Technology College.

The apprenticeship programme is certified by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman and is based upon the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4, which is UK’s work-based qualification that tests candidates on their knowledge and skills for technical and professional work-related activities.

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