Monthly Archives: August 2021

3 Sulu island towns receive desalination machines – Philippines

THE Ministry of the Interior and Local Government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILF-Barmm) released three desalination machines worth P60 million on Saturday, August 28, to the Provincial Government of Sulu.

Sulu Provincial Administrator Erwin Tan, who received the desalination machines on behalf of Governor Abdusakur Tan, said the equipment are intended for the island towns of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Pandami, and Pata.  

Each desalination machine has an output capacity of 22,000 liters of water per day and can operate for eight to 10 hours. Each machines costs P20 million.


Winning sustainable agritech system that aims to help save the UAE a trillion litres of water per year – United Arab Emirates

Terraplus Solutions has officially launched its award-winning sustainable agritech irrigation system, known as T+, after highly successful trials on date palms in Dubai.

If deployed across 20,000 farms in the UAE, which contain 20 to 40 million date palms, it is estimated it could save a trillion litres of water per year.

This is equivalent to the annual water usage of five million people, approximately half the population of the UAE.


UAE to host fifth Arab Water Forum in September – United Arab Emirates

The Arab Water Council is getting ready for the fifth edition of the Arab Water Forum (AWF), to be held here in both online and physical form and under the theme ‘Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development’, from September 21-23, 2021.

The forum will be held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and supported by the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt (MWRI), in cooperation with national, regional and international partners.

The conference will shed light on some of the key topics such as Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus, Climate Change Impact on Arab Water Security.


ABB’s Technology in Singapore’s First Dual-Mode Desalination Plant Helps Tackle Water Scarcity in Region – Singapore

The United Nation’s (UN) World Water Development Report recently stated that nearly six billion people will suffer from clean water scarcity by 2050.

So, as we “celebrate” World Water Week, it’s time to turn our attention to the global water crisis facing cities around the world struggling with increasing demand for water, reduction of water resources and increasing water pollution, all driven by dramatic world population growth which is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.

Singapore is using desalination as part of the solution to their water supply issue to provide enough clean drinking water for its ever-growing population of 5.5 million.


Editorial: Recall candidates have shallow takes on California’s water problems – California

California is suffering from extremely dry conditions, so it stands to reason that the candidates trying to oust and replace Gov.

Gavin Newsom have latched onto persistent but extremely shallow and woefully outdated claims about the management of the state’s water supply.

Their argument is that without Newsom (or indeed any Democrat) in the governor’s mansion, we’d have more dams, fewer wildfires, greener fields, longer showers, lusher lawns and as much pure, cool drinking water as we could possibly handle.


Kuwait retenders transaction advisory role for country’s first power plant privatisation – Kuwait

Kuwait has retendered the transaction advisory (TA) role in the country’s first utilities asset up for privatisation – the North Shuaiba power and water plant – fixing a submission date of September 26 for bid submission by financial advisory firms.

The project, being overseen by Kuwait’s Supreme Council for Privatisation (SCP), first saw tender documents for advisory roles issued in June last year and received bids for the financial advisory contract in December.

The North Shuaiba plant has an estimated value of about $1.2bn and the scope for its privatisation remains unchanged for the latest tender, sources with knowledge of the project were quoted as saying in media reports.


The Palm Beach seawater desalination plant is back in service – Algeria

The Palm Beach seawater desalination plant is back in service since August 19, 2021, at a time when Algeria continues its fight against drought due to its arid climate and climate change.

The plant, located in the wilaya (province) of Tipaza, now produces 7,500 m3 of drinking water per day, compared to 2,500 m3 before the expansion work.

The reverse osmosis plant is capable of supplying 50,000 people per day.


Al Dahira water transmission system to be operational by year-end – Oman

A major water transmission project that will supply desalinated water from Suhar to towns in Al Dhahirah Governorate will be operational before the end of this year, according to an official of Oman Water and Wastewater Services (OWWC).

Eng Ibrahim bin Hamad al Hasani, Project Manager, told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the transmission project, currently 81 per cent complete, will ease the Al Dhahirah’s dependence on groundwater for its requirements of potable water. Groundwater supplies are currently sourced from the Al Massarat Basin.


Haitian-Led Relief Effort to Deliver 30,000 Liters of Clean Water Per Day to Earthquake Survivors – Caribbean Sea

Haitian communities devastated by Saturday’s earthquake are receiving critical clean water from a Haitian-led relief effort supported by the GivePower Foundation, World Hope International, Amazon, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), West Indies Self Help (WISH) and World Central Kitchen.

The coalition will deliver 30,000 liters of water to hard-hit areas each day, providing critical safe drinking water to roughly 15,000 people in need.

In the wake of a disaster, clean water is not only vital for hydration but also for preventing secondary health emergencies resulting from a lack of sanitation and hygiene.


Letters to the Editor: Drought-proof California with more desalination plants – California

A drought can be defined as “a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall.” What if the lack of rain and snow is the new normal?

California would have to find other sources of fresh water, and desalination of sea water is probably the best of a limited number of choices.

There are already 12 desalination plants in operation in California, and we would hope that the state already has plans in place for design, permitting and construction of many more.