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Swansea Water District approves solar agreement – Australia

Swansea Water District Superintendent Jeffrey Sutherland said the $60,000 is about 20 percent of the water district’s electricity costs which is “substantial.”

The Board of Water Commissioners voted last week to approve of a solar agreement that will save the district $60,000 a year in electricity costs.

Cape water consumption threatens storage levels – Cape

The days of watering your garden with municipal water in the Western Cape may never come back despite Cape town’s six main dams sitting at 76 percent capacity. 

WWF South Africa says consumption in Cape Town has increased since water restrictions were eased, and if residents are not careful, drought conditions in the province will continue to get worse.

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Is Ethiopia taking control of the River Nile? – Ethiopia

Look at Egypt on Google Earth and you will see a green line snaking through a sand-colored landscape, fanning out into a triangle in the north.

This emerald ribbon is the vegetation that grows on either side of the Nile River and around its delta. It is Egypt’s only fertile land — and testament to the country’s reliance on this fabled waterway.

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Iran, China sign deal to construct desalination facility – Ilam – Iran

The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO Group) and China’s ZSM signed an agreement whereby the Chinese firm will set up a water treatment facility in Iran’s western province of Ilam.

The deal was signed on Thursday during a ceremony in Tehran attended by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Business Mohammad Shariatmadari, IRIB news agency reported on October 18.

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Six arrested in illegal well drilling case in west Amman – Amman – Jordan

Authorities arrested on Wednesday six people for allegedly drilling an illegal well in Wadi Al Sir district in west Amman, according to an official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The ministry received information from an area resident about suspected drilling of a well in Wadi Al Sir, according to the official, who noted that, after verifying the reports, a ministerial team escorted with a security force raided the location.

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Inge Wins Contract to Supply UF technology for Oman’s Sea Water Desalination Plant – Oman

a German company specialising in ultrafiltration (UF) technology – received a contract to supply its UF solutions as part of a sea water desalination project in Oman commissioned by Al Asilah Desalination Company Saoc + Opwp.

Although not specified in the original tender, the system integrator for the project, Doosan, ultimately decided to use UF instead of conventional methods such as sand filters because they were so impressed by UF’s superior reliability, longer lifetime and better membrane maintenance.

Having spent many years cooperating with inge on a number of pilot projects, the OEM was already familiar with inge’s portfolio.

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Kinmen County completes desalination plant expansion – Kinmen – China

Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen County celebrated on Monday the completion of an expansion of a local desalination plant that should help increase freshwater supplies and ease the threat of water shortages in the island county.

Speaking at the celebration ceremony, Kinmen County government secretary-general Lin Te-kung (林德恭) said the expanded plant will contribute significantly to supplying the county’s water needs.

According to the Water Resources Agency (WRA), the facility is expected to supply 4,000 cubic meters of freshwater per day, up from its daily production of 500 cubic meters before the project began.

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Saudi Arabia expected to award mega desalination project in Q4 – Rabigh – Saudi

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Water and Electricity Company (WEC) is expected to sign the development agreement for its $150 million Rabigh 3 Independent Water Project (IWP), located at Rabigh on the Red Sea coast, in the fourth quarter of 2018, a source told Thomson Reuters Projects.

The project involves the development, financing, procurement, implementation, operation and maintenance of a 600,000 cubic metres (m3)/day reverse osmosis desalination plant expandable to 1,200,000 m3/day, according to an August 2017 press statement posted on WEC’s website.

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Minister: Trade volume between Egypt, France hits USD 1.459 billion in 8 months – Egypt

The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and France hit 1.4 billion dollars during the first eight months of 2018, including 460-million-dollar exports and 999-million-dollar imports, Trade and Industry Minister Amr Nassar said on Saturday 13/10/2018.

This came at a meeting that Nassar held with French Ambassador in Cairo Stéphane Romatet to discuss future economic relations between both countries and current French investments in Egypt.

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‘Rural Sindh needs innovative safe drinking water projects’ – Sindh – Pakistan

“Rural Sindh needs innovative safe drinking water provision projects and provision of potable water is crucial to saving the future of people residing in rural Sindh”

These views were expressed by speakers in the inaugural ceremony of a solar powered water supply project and a desalination project.

The twin projects were launched for village BhagatMallu Ram and surrounding dwellers by United Energy Pakistan (UEP).

They are being implemented by Association for Water, Applied Education & Renewable Energy (AWARE).

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Chile and Peru see desal as the solution to water scarcity – Peru – Chile

Authorities from Chile and Peru highlighted the advance of desalination projects in the two countries, stating that these plants will become more important in the coming years due to ongoing water scarcity, which is expected to worsen due to climate change.

During a congress held by the Latin American desalination and water reutilization association (Aladyr) in Santiago, Chile’s public works undersecretary, Lucas Palacios, highlighted that the country has high potential for desalination projects, due to its extensive coastline and the fact that many of its major cities are close to the sea.

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