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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.

‘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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Water company withdraws desalination proposal as battle over environmental justice heats up – California

Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.

The proposal had become one of the most fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission, which was set to vote Thursday.

The decision would have been the first major test of the commission’s new power to review not only harm to the environment when making decisions but also harm to underrepresented communities.

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California Coastal Commission must halt unjust, destructive Monterey desalination plant – California

As two mayors of color, we oppose a desalination project that would impose environmental injustice and economic racism on the people of Seaside and Marina in Monterey County.

The California Coastal Commission will vote on Thursday whether to approve a desalination plant being forced on the Monterey Peninsula by California American Water (Cal-Am).

The Monterey Peninsula does not want or need this oversized, overpriced groundwater desalination plant. We have a far more cost-effective solution for our future water needs in expanding our new recycled water project — Pure Water Monterey (PWM).

Israel expects $500m in deals with Bahrain and UAE – Israel

Israel expects to seal deals worth about $500m after Tuesday’s historic agreements to normalise ties with the UAE and Bahrain come into force.

Ofir Akunis, Israel’s minister of regional co-operation, said the accords would expand into bilateral trade and investments reaching “billions of dollars for each side”.

The Jewish state will offer its expertise in water desalination and agricultural technology as the most promising sectors for co-operation with its new business partners in the Gulf.

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