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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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WAF confirms desalination plant installed at Navaca in Taveuni is working however Chaudhry saying he does not believe WAF – Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji is saying the desalination plant installed at Navaca in Taveuni is working however Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he does not believe it.

Chaudhry claims the $3 million desalination plant installed in 2014 has been out of service for the last 18 months and residents of south Taveuni face chronic water problems going back over a decade.

When questioned by Legend FM News on the clarification from WAF that the plant is working properly, Chaudhry says he does not believe the Water Authority.

‘Environmental justice’ starts by providing more water – California

Environmentalists have won the latest battle in California’s water wars, as California American Water just announced it is temporarily withdrawing its application to build a desalination plant on an old sand mine in the largely low-income town of Marina near Monterey.

The proposal faced a tough approval process at the California Coastal Commission after local activists complained about its effects on their community.

In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times asked this loaded question in its headline: “Is California serious about environmental justice? This water fight is a test.”

Conservationists Split Over Poseidon Desal Project’s Potential to Help Bolsa Chica Wetlands – California

Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.

But the marsh, known as the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, is endangered despite a years-long struggle to pull together sufficient public funding for its upkeep.

Nearby, the Poseidon Water Co., which has been in a decades-long, controversial fight to build a seawater desalination plant next to the AES energy station at the south end of the city, has justified its project partly with a promise to finance the wetlands’ conservation.

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