Monthly Archives: April 2021

Poseidon wins key permit for desalination plant in Huntington Beach – California

Poseidon, which has been working on the project for 22 years, now needs a permit from the state Coastal Commission before it can negotiate a final contract with the Orange County Water District to buy the water.

And, in the wake of the regional board’s decision, there’s likely an additional obstacle, as opponents of the project said they plan to appeal.

Proponents view desalted ocean water as insurance against worsening droughts brought on by climate change and the possibility that Orange County might get less imported water from northern California and the Colorado River.


Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Finds Way Out of Deficits in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Hit hard by the Korean government’s ill-advised nuclear phase-out policy, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) has been desperate to make a turnaround. The company announced on April 28 that it managed to turn a profit in the first quarter on a rebound in overseas sales.

DHIC posted 4,004.7 trillion won in sales, 372.1 billion won in operating profit and 248.1 billion won in net profit in the first quarter on a consolidated basis.

Its sales rose slightly on year while operating profit and net profit soared by 315.6 billion won and 619.5 billion won, respectively.


Monterey venture moves a step closer to increasing area water supply – California

The 10 members of the board of Monterey One Water all voted to approve an environmental document called a supplemental environmental impact report, or SEIR, that advances closer to the expansion of its regional treatment plant.

Monterey One is the sewer treatment provider in northern Monterey County that has invested in proven technology that can purify wastewater to the degree it becomes drinkable.

It is then reintroduced into local groundwater. Typically people only use just 10% of their fresh water for drinking and cooking, according to research from Columbia University. The rest is flushed away. That’s some of the water Monterey One wants to capture.


Environment Report: Tijuana and San Diego Share a Sewage Problem But Not a Solution – California

Vicente Calderon from Tijuana Press and I spend a lot of time picking our way around the sewage-laden Tijuana River, asking ourselves: How is it still this bad?

Our latest story from the cross-border sewage crisis plaguing Tijuana and San Diego illuminated that the current approach to solving the problem is a lot like putting a Band-Aid on the stomach flu.

The Band-Aid in this case is $300 million that Congress has charged the Environmental Protection Agency with deciding how to spend. But really, and here’s the flu part of the allegory, a lot of Tijuana’s infrastructure is just old and broken, or was never even built to support the neighborhoods that popped up on its hillsides.


Lamu Residents Fault County Over Biting Water Shortage During Ramadhan – Kenya

The Muslim faithful in Lamu Island are pushing the county government to urgently address an ongoing water shortage that has hindered crucial activities during the holy month of Ramadhan.

Water is essential to Muslims, especially during the evening after breaking the fast.

However, many households within Lamu Island have witnessed rampant water shortage with some missing the commodity for over ten days in a row.


Water Authority Offers to Help Parched Areas of California with Stored Supply in Central Valley -California

The San Diego County Water Authority’s board has directed its staff to explore opportunities to help other water districts weather an emerging drought across California.

The authority said that because of three decades of investment in supply reliability, along with a continued emphasis on water-use efficiency, the San Diego region has sufficient water supplies for multiple dry years.

Those investments include high-priority Colorado River water from the Imperial Valley, seawater desalination, and access to the Semitropic Original Water Bank in Kern County, where the authority has stored about 16,000 acre-feet of water — enough to supply more than 30,000 homes for a full year.


Egypt builds 151 dual, triple sewage treatment plants for EGP 32 bln – Egypt

Egypt is constructing 151 dual and triple sewage treatment plants across the country, with a total capacity of five million m3 of water per day, at a cost of EGP 31.59 billion

The announcement was made by Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El-Gazzar on Saturday.

Other projects include 59 wastewater treatment plants that were built in Upper Egypt to serve 8.3 million people, he added.


Why Jordan faces a critical water crisis – Jordan

Jordanians are being warned to expect critical water shortages this summer largely due to a poor rainy season, which only reached 60 per cent of the average annual rainfall.

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has talked about water rationing plans that would limit the amount of water pumped to households at five cubic meters weekly.

Jordan ranks fifth in the world as a water stressed country where the average share per individual is less than 1 per cent of the global average at 100 cubic meters annually while it reaches 1300 cubic meters annually in neighbouring countries.


Island of Taiwan in grasp of major drought – Taiwan

A lack of rain over the past year has sent the island of Taiwan into its worst drought in more than half a century, the BBC reports, with many of its reservoirs at less than 20 percent capacity, with water levels at some falling below 10 percent.

Normally one of the wettest places in the world with a tropical to subtropical climate, no typhoon or monsoon hit the island last year and there has been little rain.

The lack of water is hurting a key industry – semiconductors, computer chips – made by Taiwanese companies. Around 90% of the most advanced microchips are manufactured in Taiwan, key to objects ranging from ventilators to smartphones and valued at US$100 billion.


PV-powered desalination system for rural areas – Cape Verde

Italian start-up Genius Watter has developed a desalination solution that is powered exclusively by photovoltaics and is claimed to be an ideal solution for rural areas with no connection to grid electricity.

“We have completed a project in Cape Verde in 2020 and we are now developing [an]other five projects, of which three are expected to be built in 2021,” the company chairman, Franco Traverso, who is also the chairman of the U.S.-Canadian solar module manufacturer Silfab, told pv magazine.

The battery-free reverse osmosis desalination system is fully containerized and thermally insulated. It is able to produce up to 1,000m3 of potable water per day and is claimed to have a life cycle of more than 30 years.