Monthly Archives: Juli 2020

Creeping salt water forces Cape May City to consider more desalination – New Jersey

Salt water is continuing to creep into private wells and some deep aquifers on the Cape May peninsula, forcing some homeowners to consider other sources of drinking water.

Prompting Cape May City to plan a sharp increase in capacity for a plant that desalinates sea water, state and local officials said.

Although salinity levels in about two dozen “sentinel” wells — those designed to provide an early warning of salt water intrusion — are still below limits set by the state Department of Environmental Protection, coastal communities are being urged to consider their options for ensuring that drinking water supplies are sustainable in the long term.

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Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board Staff Recommends Approval of Permit for Huntington Beach Desal Project – California

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) issued a Staff Report recommending approval of a Tentative Order making amendments to and renewing its operating permit rst issued in 2006 for the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project (“Project”).

The Regional Board is scheduled to consider its staff-prepared permit and recommendation beginning on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

The Regional Board staff’s proposed permit amendment and renewal considered all requirements of the California Ocean Plan’s new seawater desalination policy and nds that there is an identied need for the 50 million gallons per day of desalinated water the Huntington Beach Desalination Project will provide.

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Controversial Poseidon desalination plant in Huntington Beach set for hearings this week – California

Poseidon Water’s seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach, first proposed in 1998, could be getting closer to beginning construction after more than two decades.

The Santa Ana Regional Water Board will hold online hearings this week and decide whether to issue Poseidon a permit.

The hearings begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and are scheduled to continue Friday, as well as Aug. 7 if needed, with a vote scheduled at the end of the hearings. The hearings can be viewed at cal-span.org.

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One year after the drought: Has Chennai learned from its water crisis? – India

One year ago, Chennai suffered a historic drought. For nearly 200 days, the metropolis of 7 million people facing the Bay of Bengal in eastern India went without a drop of rain, pushing it to breaking point.

Already strained by a burgeoning population, water supply eventually hit rock bottom, upending the economy and the lives of the city’s residents.

As families across Chennai struggled to find water to wash, cook and keep businesses afloat, the state of Tamil Nadu came under fire for failing to prepare for and deal with the crippling shortage.

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Egypt’s Posturing on the Nile poses Existential Threat to Ethiopia – Egypt

The Nile dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt is more than a technical disagreement on when and how the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is filled or how the waters of the Nile are shared.

At the bottom, the dispute is driven by Egypt’s unyielding strategies desire to keep Ethiopia’s development in check to maintain the status quo regional balance of power in the Horn of the Africa and the Red Sea corridor.

Eyre Peninsula desalination plant moves proposed location after resident concerns – Australia

Residents living close to a proposed desalination plant at Sleaford Bay have felt their concerns have been listened to, as SA Water confirms the site will be positioned further away from Sleaford Mere and whale aggregation areas.

Sleaford Bay resident David Farlam said over a year of consultations with SA Water had paid off.

“The local Sleaford community is really pleased with the decision from what I can gather,” Mr Farlam said.

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Abu Dhabi’s water sector ‘vital for energy transformation’ – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s water sector is playing a pivotal role in energy transformation, with desalination technology through nine major plants, thus enhancing the emirate’s security of water supply.

Pioneering the transformation of the energy sector in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) is leading the process of developing the water sector through enacting policies and regulations to reform its operations.

Since its establishment in February 2018 to be the new regulator of the energy sector in the Abu Dhabi, DoE has implemented new work mechanisms and adopted performance improvement plans.

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PUB: Pandan-smelling water from Malaysia ‘isolated’, local water production ramped up to meet demand – Malaysia

SINGAPORE – Singapore has ramped up local production of water to meet demand after some water from Malaysia had to be “isolated” following reports from some households here about an unusual scent of pandan in boiled tap water.

The cause of the scent is an organic compound known as tetrahydrofuran (THF), which is commonly used as a solvent in industries.

National water agency PUB said its investigations have traced the source of the issue to water imported from Malaysia.

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23 July, 2020 Abu Dhabi’s water sector ‘vital for energy transformation’ – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s water sector is playing a pivotal role in energy transformation, with desalination technology through nine major plants, thus enhancing the emirate’s security of water supply to ensure business continuity and wellbeing of the community.

Pioneering the transformation of the energy sector in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) is leading the process of developing the water sector through enacting policies and regulations to reform its operations.

Since its establishment in February 2018 to be the new regulator of the energy sector in the Abu Dhabi, DoE has implemented new work mechanisms and adopted performance improvement plans to improve the efficiency of the sector, with the application of modern technology in desalination plants one particular priority.

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UAE to get largest water desalination plant in the world – United Arab Emirates

Water security has been a major priority for Abu Dhabi. The emirate has always been seeking the  best methods to optimize the use of water resources.

Now, the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) is enhancing the water security of the emirate by developing fresh policies and regulations to support the sector.

The DoE will also improve the performance of its desalination plants to ensure secure and sustainable water supplies through nine of its plants which have a production capacity of around 1.3bn cubic metres of water per year.

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