Monthly Archives: September 2020

Cape desalination plants take a final bow – Cape Town

The Monwabisi desalination plant is being decommissioned as the two-years period for which it was hired has to come to an end.

Decommissioning of its counterpart is Strandfontein already commenced in June this year, and is currently underway.

This city commissioned both the Monwabisi and Strandfontein temporary desalination plants to provide emergency water supply in the event that it was needed, as we faced the prospect of Day Zero

Researchers Have Pioneered A Technique To Purify Water By Using The Power Of Sunlight – Australia

Scientists in Australia have been able to transform brackish water and seawater into safe, clean drinking water in less than 30 minutes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and sunlight.

In a discovery that could provide potable water for millions of people across the world, researchers were not only able to filter harmful particles from water and generate 139.5L of clean water per kilogram of MOF per day, but also perform this task in a more energy-efficient manner than current desalination practices.

Metal-organic frameworks are a class of compounds consisting of metal ions that form a crystalline material with the largest surface area of any material known.

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Iran, Qatar discuss joining power grids through sea – Qatar

During the online meeting, the two sides also discussed a regional initiative for developing cooperation in the field of unconventional water resources, including seawater desalination and the use of treated wastewater.

As reported, the mentioned issue had been discussed and approved at a recent meeting of the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM) hosted by Tehran.

In this regard, Al-Kaabi announced his country’s readiness for participating in this initiative and suggested that regular meetings would be held in the region’s countries so that experts could exchange information on the related projects.

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Pakistan: Sindh Chief Minister inaugurates Rs 427.6 M desalination plant at Manora beach – Pakistan

After a failed attempt around 12 years back to make seawater fit for consumption by the residents of its posh neighbourhood, Karachi is making another attempt to desalinate the water of Arabian Sea but this time the beneficiaries will be low-income families of the city if the project becomes successful.

This time the Sindh Government has been building a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plant near the Manora beach to desalinate the seawater to be consumed by the deprived residents of Manora that is a small peninsula connected to the mainland Karachi through a road link.

Earlier, in the year 2008, a Cogeneration Power and Desalination was inaugurated to produce three million gallons of desalinated water mainly for the residents of posh Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood of Karachi.

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E coli count along Mumbai’s coastline on the mend but still above permissible limits – Mumbai – India

Bacteria count along Mumbai’s coastline is decreasing gradually but remains way above the permissible limits.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s recent Environment Status Report (ESR), 2019-20, states that E coli (or Escherichia coli), which can cause anything from dysentery to meningitis if ingested, continues to have a high count along the city’s coastline.

While a safe E coli count is 100 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 millilitres (ml) of water, in Bandra the bacteria has been recorded at 500 CFU — the highest in the city.

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BMC revives desalination plant plan to meet Mumbai’s water needs – India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to revive its plan to set up a desalination plant to turn seawater into potable water through reverse osmosis, in an effort to tackle the water crisis plaguing Mumbai due to uneven rainfall.

BMC is in talks with an Israel-based company and, as per preliminary reports, the civic body is considering an area near the sea in Malad for the plant.

The plant will have a capacity of 200 million litres daily (MLD), requiring about 25 acres.

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‘Be prepared’: With water scarcer, Egypt pushes farmers to use much less – Egypt

Hassan Abdel Salam knew he was wasting a lot of water every time he flooded his fields to irrigate his mango crop, but wasn’t aware of any alternative.

Then the farmer from northern Egypt learned about drip irrigation – putting tiny amounts of water just where it’s needed – through a new government scheme.

Now pipes with small holes snake around his 10-feddan (10-acre) farm, dripping water directly to the base of each plant.

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WAF confirms desalination plant installed at Navaca in Taveuni is working – Pacific Ocean

The Water Authority of Fiji has confirmed today that the desalination plant installed at Navaca in Taveuni has been working fine.

This comes after the Authority provided a video as evidence of the desalination plant today.

They have said that the rumours provided by Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry is all fake.

Point Fortin, La Brea residents to face supply disruption on Tuesday – The Caribbean

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers served by the Point Fortin Desalination Plant that they may experience low pressures or no water supply on Tuesday, September 22.

This will take place between the hours of 8 am and 10 pm.

WASA says this is for Seven Seas Water, owner/operator of the Point Fortin Desalination Plant, to carry out emergency repair works to a 12-inch diameter pipeline at the facility.

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KSrelief Inaugurates Two Desalination Plants in Yemen’s Hajjah – Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) inaugurated in Yemen’s Hajjah two desalination plants within the activities of the water supply and environmental sanitation project.

The a project was implemented in cooperation with Taiba Foundation for Development.

The governor of Hajjah, Major General Abdul Karim Al-Senani, said this inauguration will alleviate the suffering of the beneficiaries and protect them from diseases and epidemics resulting from contaminated water.

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