Monthly Archives: Oktober 2020

No water restrictions: ‘City of Cape Town is not fully coming to the party’ – Cape Town

Cape Town – The City decided to lift water restrictions in Cape Town and to move to the lowest tariff, being the no-restriction, water-wise tariff from November 1.

The mayoral committee (mayco) unanimously supported the decision which will be presented before council for noting next week.

Mayor Dan Plato said: “Mayco has noted the expert advice from the City’s water and sanitation department and we support its decision to lift the water restrictions and to lower the water and sanitation tariff to the lowest approved level by council.

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Carlsbad lagoon dredging starts soon – California

Seawater desalination operator Poseidon is poised to take over the Agua Hedionda Lagoon maintenance dredging that has been done by local power companies since 1954.

Permits are being obtained for the work to begin in November or early December with expectations to finish by mid-April, said Poseidon Senior Vice President Peter MacLaggan at a meeting earlier this month of the Carlsbad Beach Preservation Commission.

Sand from the dredging will be spread north of the lagoon inlet for the first time in about five years, MacLaggan said.

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Saudi Arabia, US sign landmark MoU in desalination research and technology – Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed a deal on Monday to cooperate with the US Department of Energy in the field of desalination science and technology.

The departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for longterm cooperation in the development of desalination industry and the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field.

The five-year agreement was signed virtually by Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, and Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.

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Egypt faces major challenge in balancing between water resources and needs: Minister – Egypt

Egypt is facing a major challenge in balancing between its water resources and needs, especially with around 97 percent of its water resources flowing in from outside its borders, Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aty said on Sunday.

In a speech during the third edition of Cairo Water Week, Abdel-Aty said that Egypt cannot rely in filling the gap on underground water, which faces a risk of depletion.

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City of Corpus Christi approved for $11.4 million loan to continue seawater desal project – Texas

The City of Corpus Christi is continuing with its $222 million seawater desalination project after being approved for an $11.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board.

The $11.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board will allow the City of Corpus Christi to do more research about where and how the seawater desalination plant would fit in the Coastal Bend, according to Steve Ramos, Water Resource Manager for the City.

Ramos said by doing more research, when it comes time to present an execution plan, all the kinks are worked out.

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International bidders invited for desalination project – Chennai – India

In four years, the city’s thirst will be successfully quenched as the Chennai Metro Water has invited international bidders to build a 400-MLD capacity seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur along the East Coast Road in Kancheepuram district.

It is also awaiting funds from the World Bank for a project aimed at recharging waterbodies with recycled water. 

The desalination plant that may begin operation by 2024 could reduce city’s water troubles to a great extend, a top Metro Water  official told Express.

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SWPC invites EoIs for new SWRO desalination plant in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) plans to develop a new independent desalination plant based on seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology.

It has now invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the project, associated infrastructure and facilities.

The project’s commercial operation date has been set as 2022, while the utility firm has set a deadline of November 5 for the EoIs.

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Chennai to get fourth desalination plant, city reservoirs have enough water to last till summer – India

CHENNAI: The city’s thirst for water could be quenched in the next four years as Chennai Metro Water has started looking for international bidders to build the 400 MLD (million litres a day) capacity sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur along the East Coast Road in Thiruporur block of Kancheepuram district.

Not only that, Metro Water is also looking to use recycled water for recharging water bodies from where it will be used for drinking water purposes and is awaiting funds from the World Bank.

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Inside the world’s biggest water desalination plants in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The world’ s largest producer of desalinated water, Saudi Arabia also makes the most amount of waste from this energy intensive industry; but local researchers are trying to change that.

Ahmed al-Amoudi, head of a government-run desalination research institute, sees a future where industrially useful minerals such as sodium chloride salt, magnesium and calcium are extracted from the seawater alongside clean water, and no highly-salty wastewater – known as brine – flows back into the sea.

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Vipingo’s Sh1.2 billion house project complete – PS Hinga – Kenya

Housing PS Charles Hinga on Saturday said the completion of Awali Estate, a project by Centum Investment Company at Vipingo, three months ahead of schedule, is a boost to investor confidence in local developers.

The PS said the milestone has increased the government’s confidence in local developers, who will be embarking on the government’s Affordable Housing programme.

“We were wondering whether we are ever going to get local developers, who are credible enough, that are going to bite, and Centum did,” said Hinga.

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