City Opens Santa Barbara Desalination Plant to Public with Tours – Santa Barbara – USA

The plant, which was built in the 1990s and reactivated to start operating last year, converts seawater to potable water for city customers.

After a year of operation, Santa Barbara’s reactivated Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is being opened to the public for tours of the facility and city officials celebrated the plant during a brief event Wednesday.

A handful of elected officials and city staff visited the facility at 521 E. Yanonali St. to observe the process of turning seawater into potable water, and get-up close views of the plant’s technology.

Members of the City Council and Water Commission also sampled the water produced by the plant.


MRPL’s desalination plant likely to be ready by 2020 – Mangalore – India

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), which is setting up a water desalination plant near New Mangalore Port in Mangaluru, is expecting it to be ready by 2020.

Speaking to presspersons here, M Venkatesh, Managing Director of the company, said that the desalination plant is under construction.

Initial stages of engineering and tendering activities are going on. He said that the project is on target as of now with mechanical completion by March 2020.


Kuwait offers four desalination units to Iraq – Kuwait City- Kuwait

At the discretion of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the State of Kuwait on Monday sent four seawater desalination units to Iraq.

A technical team of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water delivered the units to officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources at the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border on Monday, the Kuwaiti ministry’s undersecretary Mohammad Bushehri said in a press statement.

The production capacity of the four seawater desalination units amounts to one million imperial gallons, he said.


Gwadar start getting clean water after a decade – Quetta – Pakistan

After suffering from the worst kind of water crisis for over a decade where even contaminated water was scarce, the Balochistan government has claimed to have started clean water supply to only two cities.

Sources said that the previous two governments (five years of rule each) only inked memorandums of understanding for supply of water, but did not bother implementing them.Severe water shortage hits most parts of Quetta.

“The provincial government has been utilising all available resources to resolve the water crisis in Quetta and Gwadar,” said caretaker Balochistan Minister for Public Health Engineering Naveed Ahmed Kalmati while addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Saturday.



Why it’s a bad idea to ramp up Adelaide’s desalination plant – Adelaide – Australia

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales have called for South Australia to increase the use of its desalination plant to enable an increase in water allocations for other users along the Murray River.

The farmers’ argument is that if Adelaide, in particular, draws less water from the river more will be available for agriculture in NSW and Victoria.

The logic may sound appealing, but there are three good reasons why it’s not a good idea. Not only is desalination an incredibly expensive project, there are other strategies – like water pricing – that can more effectively reduce water demand.



Dam levels take a dive as the big dry tightens its grip – Sydney – Australia

The Kurnell desalination plant which has sat idle for the past five years may need to be switched back on if Sydney’s dam levels continue to fall.

Water levels at storages supplying the Sydney metropolitan area are sinking amid a lack of rain and rising consumption.

The total storage levels for the Sydney region are running at about two-thirds full, with the desalination plant set to be turned on to supplement the water supply when capacity drops to 60 per cent, according to WaterNSW.



Jordan, US sign $166m grant agreements to improve water network.-Jordan

Jordan and the US on Wednesday signed two grant agreements worth $166 million to rehabilitate Amman’s second main water resource and install smart metres to slash water loss.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Munir Oweis and USAID Mission Director in Jordan Nancy Eslick signed the two agreements, which aim at implementing the goals of Jordan’s 2016-2025 national water strategy that seeks to generate additional water amounts.

Reduce Jordan’s water loss from the current 43 per cent to 25 per cent by the year 2025.



Preparatory work on State’s first seawater desalination plant starts.-Mangalore

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., (MRPL), has begun preparatory work for the State’s first seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant on the 13 acres of land leased out by New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) here.

The Trust has provided land on the southern end of its property at Tannirbhavi to MRPL, along with an acre of seafront land on a 30-year lease.

The plant will initially produce 30 million litres per day (MLD) fresh water, expandable up to 70 MLD.


Lanxess appoints new distributor in Turkey for Lewabrane membranes

Lanxess’s Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit has signed a distribution agreement with Turkey’s Burkut Inc covering the sale of Lewabrane membrane elements.

Burkut, founded in 1984, specialises in industrial process water treatment equipment and technical services.



Red tide disrupts operation of desalination plant in Barka.-Oman

A red tide outbreak in Barka has forced ACWA Power to operate two of its water desalination plants below their capacity, resulting in a financial impact of RO140,000 to the company.

The company expects further delay in reverting to full operations as proliferation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) is continuing, which is likely to increase the financial impact of the outbreak.