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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.

California Supreme Court Rejects Environmental Challenges to Monterey Water Project – America

The $330-Million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) took a step forward, as the California Supreme Court recently denied challenges to the sufficiency of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The long-awaited desalination plant located off the coast of Monterey is being developed by California American Water Company (CalAm) and is intended to replace the Monterey Peninsula community’s existing Carmel River and Seaside Groundwater Basin supplies.

These supplies have been constrained for decades by legal decisions and habitat concerns, with desalinated seawater. 

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Leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia to meet on Nile dam standoff – Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday he would meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia to discuss a dispute over a hydropower dam that the Horn of Africa country is building on the River Nile.

A long-running diplomatic standoff over building and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has heightened tensions between the two countries. Egypt worries that the dam will threaten its already scarce water supplies.

“I agreed with the Ethiopian prime minister to meet in Moscow and to discuss the issue to move forward, and God willing, things will go in a way that helps to solve this issue in one way or another,” Sisi said at a military forum on Sunday.

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Oman’s second biggest water project launched – Oman

A huge water desalination plant, with a production capacity of around 250,000 cubic metres (m3) per day, has been brought into operation at Sohar Port.

The Suhar-4 Independent Water Project (IWP), built with an investment of around $220 million, reinforces Suhar’s importance as Oman’s biggest seawater desalination hub designed to meet the escalating potable water requirements of vast swathes of the Batinah and other grid-connected parts of north Oman.

Last week, Spanish water giant Sacyr — the lead investor in the Suhar-4 IWP — said the reverse osmosis (RO) based desalination plant, located within Sohar Port, is now fully operational.

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Sacyr Starts Operations at the Desalination Plant in Sohar – Oman

acyr through its affiliates Sacyr Sadyt and Sacyr Agua has started operations at the seawater desalination plant in Sohar, on the Al Batinah coast. With an investment of nearly EUR 200 million, the revenue backlog estimated for 20 years of operation totals EUR 1 billion.

The reverse-osmosis desalination plant is the second-largest in the country and has the capacity to produce 250,000 m3 of water per day, supplying around 220,000 people.

The public company Oman Power and Water Procurement Company awarded the bid for the Sohar 4 IWP desalination plant to the consortium led by Sacyr Agua (51%), and in which Oman Brunei Investment Company (25%) and Sogex Oman (24%) are also participating, through the Water Purchase Agreement – WPA. The WPA includes the design, construction, ownership, financing, operation, maintenance and purchase of potable water for 20 years.

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Desalination: Poseidon still trying to plant its trident into Huntington Beach – California

Southern California was hit with enough rain in 2019 for many experts and observers to declare an end to the region’s most recent drought – which could be bad news for Poseidon Water’s plans to build a desalination plant near land’s edge in Huntington Beach.

It is hard to drum up a lot of noise for water security when we’re not in a drought. The current state of Southern California’s water security – or insecurity – certainly isn’t giving Poseidon any ammunition to make its case for a $1 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

Southern California’s droughts, of course, are cyclical, so the day will come again when Poseidon will be able to play its water insecurity card. A lack of a drought today, just the same, isn’t going to derail Poseidon’s quest to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

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Egypt’s parliament forms an ad hoc committee to discuss GERD – Egypt

The committee will review the measures necessary to protect Egypt’s rights in Nile water.

Egypt’s Parliamentary Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal told MPs in a plenary session Wednesday that an ad hoc committee will be formed to discuss the future of negotiations with Ethiopia on the issue of its Renaissance Dam.

“The committee will be headed by deputy speaker Soliman Wahdan, and it will be entrusted with studying the government’s positions and statements on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and then review measures necessary to protect Egypt’s rights in Nile water,” said Abdel-Aal.

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Gage: Setting the Record Straight on Seawater Desalination – California

A recent news release posted on the Voice of OC website was clouded by mischaracterizations of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which provides an important source of drinking water for San Diego County and reduces our region’s reliance on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

The plant is the result of a historic public-private partnership between the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Water to ensure supply reliability for more than 3 million residents across the region.

It helped to ensure that the Water Authority had sufficient water to meet demand during the last drought, and we are confident it will help us weather the next drought … and the one after that.

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ACCIONA lays the first stone for IWP Shuqaiq-3 – Saudi Arabia

ACCIONA, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure, together with co-developers Marubeni Corporation, Almar Water Solutions through Abdul Latif Jameel CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co, celebrated the cornerstone ceremony of the Shuqaiq-3 desalination plant last Thursday.  

The event was held at the Shuqaiq-3 site, located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia and was attended by several top representatives and officials from Spain including the Councillor for Economic and Financial Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh, Mr. José Ramón Ferrandis Muñoz. José Díaz Caneja, CEO of ACCIONA Agua business line; Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA ME Managing Director and Manuel Manjón, ACCIONA Business Development Director attended as well the event.  

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Acciona breaks ground on big Saudi desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

Acciona, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure, has laid the foundation stone for IWP (independent water project) Shuqaiq-3, being developed in co-ordination with Marubeni Corporation and Almar Water Solutions through Abdul Latif Jameel CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Company.

Located on the Red Sea coast, IWP Shuqaiq-3 is one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, said a statement from the Spanish group.

The project’s EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) stage is scheduled for completion in 2021, it stated.

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India’s ‘grave’ water crisis a result of misallocation, mispricing, mismanagement – India

According to NITI (of Government of India) Report (June 2018), India is now entering in to the phase of “acute water scarcity” and if no adequate measures are taken, then the water demand would exceed water supply by the year 2030.

Also, the ground water resources in many cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru would get exhausted. Water stress is rapidly turning in to water crisis. Water availability on the earth remains the same as it was 5000 years ago when mankind population was just 5 million as against present population of 7700 million.

However, “there is enough water for everyone’s need but not enough for anyone’s greed”, as pointed out by Gandhiji who was also not in favour of “putting too much burden on the resources (including water) provided to us by nature”.

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