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Final vote on proposed desalination plant permit in Huntington Beach expected in April – California

The Santa Ana Regional Water Board held a workshop on Dec. 6 on the permit renewal of Poseidon Water’s proposed Huntington Beach desalination project; the permit is on pace for a final vote in April 2020.

Poseidon Water is seeking to build a $1 billion desalination plant on a 12-acre parcel at the current AES Huntington Beach Generating Station on Newland Street. Previous permits were issued in 2006 and 2012, under which no construction took place. The proposed permit is the third generation of the discharger’s permit.

The facility would produce an average volume of 50 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable water from salt water from the Pacific Ocean through a reverse osmosis process. The plant would use the AES intake and discharge systems, but would be required to modify the systems to reduce intake and mortality to all forms of marine life before beginning operation.

Water-scarce Gulf countries bank on desalination, at a cost – Oman

SUR: “We have water, and it’s the most important thing in a house,” says Abdullah Al-Harthi from the port city of Sur in Oman, a country that relies on desalination plants.

But for Oman and the other Gulf countries dominated by vast and scorching deserts, obtaining fresh water from the sea comes at a high financial and environmental cost.

In Sur, south of the capital Muscat, water for residents and businesses comes from a large desalination plant that serves some 600,000 people. “Before, life was very difficult. We had wells, and water was delivered by trucks,” the 58-year-old said. “Since the 1990s, water has come through pipes and we’ve had no cuts.”

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After Five Years of Drought, Kenyan Region Finally Gets Clean Water Thanks to Solar-Powered Saltwater Plant – Kenya

For the last five years, this Kenyan region has been suffering from debilitating drought—but they have finally been given the gift of clean water thanks to a new solar-powered desalination plant.

Prior to the plant’s launch in the town of Kiunga, villagers had completely run out of clean drinking water and had instead resorted to using dirty well-water and saltwater from the Indian Ocean.

Now, the solar water farm produces enough clean drinking water for more than 35,000 people every day. Not only that, the water has been shown to be even cleaner than typical desalination plants.

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IDE Technologies signs contract with Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB) and will provide state-of-the-art PROGREEN desalination plant – Israel

IDE Technologies, a world leader in desalination and water treatment solutions, today announced it has been awarded the contract to design and build an IDE PROGREEN™ Chemical-Free Desalination Plant on the island of Bonaire by Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB).

The project builds off the success of more than 30 years of business between the two companies, with the latest expansion in the partnership seeing IDE Technologies providing desalinated water via its chemical-free desalination technology.

The construction of the new reverse osmosis (RO) plant in Hato will bring Bonaire one step closer to producing all of its own drinking water. The new facility will produce up to 5,600 m3/d of drinking water with IDE’s proprietary RO process that operates without the use of chemicals.

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Solar-powered water farm opens in Kenya – Kenya

Spotted: The people living in the Kenyan fishing village of Kiunga have been forced to drink, cook and bathe in contaminated, brackish water for years. Last year, NGO GivePower installed a solar water farm in the village.

The desalination system now provides clean water to all of the village’s 3500 residents, at a cost of around $20 per person.

Kiunga’s location along the coast makes it an ideal site for the desalination farm. Housed in 20-foot shipping containers, it is portable, and its solar panels produce 50 kilowatts of energy – enough to power two water pumps.

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EMS Mekorot eyes global market for Israeli water expertise – Israel

Founded in 1937 prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, national water company Mekorot has played a critical role in developing and sustaining the Jewish state.

From transporting fresh water from the Sea of Galilee to isolated communities in the state’s early years, to pioneering desalination efforts and other water technologies, the government-owned company is recognized worldwide for its advanced capabilities.

EMS Mekorot Projects, a subsidiary established in 1961, has long-served as Mekorot’s executional and operational arm for a wide range of infrastructure projects. It has also become a world leader in remote water system control and command systems, as well as rain enhancement operations.

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Huntington Beach desalination plant eyes approval, but foes turn out in force – California

With Poseidon Water’s plans for a Huntington Beach desalination plant approaching the homestretch, critics were as adamant as ever at a Friday workshop, where dozens complained the proposal is environmentally flawed, unneeded and would jack up water rates.

The meeting of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board was called to review a draft permit and solicit public comment in advance of a scheduled April 3 vote on the final permit.

Approval rides on whether the board determines the drought-proof project will “use the best available site, design, technology and mitigation measures feasible to minimize the intake and mortality of all forms of marine life.”

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Foundation stone laid for 100 MLD desalination plant – India

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani laid the foundation stone for the country’s first desalination plant having a capacity of 100 MLD at Dahej Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in Bharuch district on 30 November 2019.

The plant is estimated to entail an investment of Rs 881 crore. The water from the plant will be supplied to industries in Dahej. Eight desalination plants will come up in Gujarat where sea water will be converted and made fit for industries, agriculture and drinking purpose. The plant will be operational in the next 30 months.

The quality of water supplied from the plant will be like the one of Narmada river. Under the present state water supply scheme, industries in Dahej get 454 MLD water daily.The quality of water supplied from the plant will be like the one of Narmada river. Under the present state water supply scheme, industries in Dahej get 454 MLD water daily.

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Desalination plant output hits record high – Namibia

Originally built by Orano (then Areva Resources Namibia) to supply water to its Trekkopje Mine near Arandis, the desalination plant is now an important contributor to the overall supply of the potable water delivery system managed by Namwater.

It provides about 75% of the overall drinking water to Swakopmund, as well as the nearby uranium mines and other industries.

Located 35 kilometres north of Swakopmund, it is the largest reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant in southern Africa.

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International Desalination Association Partners with SWCC – Saudi Arabia

The International Desalination Association is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with the Saline Water Conversion Cooperation (SWCC) for the International Workshop on Innovations in Ocean Brine Mining for Rare Metals and Minerals, taking place April 8-9, 2020, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Organized by the Desalination Technologies Research Institute of SWCC under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment, Water, and Agriculture of KSA, the workshop aims to provide a forum for expert scientists, applied researchers, practitioners, and innovators to share their latest technologies and experience of mineral and metal extraction.

The focus of presentations will be technologies and systems that are advanced to the point of proof-of-concept and beyond, with the potential to yield minerals and rare metals at a lower cost than that of earth mining and conventional methods of production.

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