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Pics: Jagan visited H2ID Desalination facility in Israel – Israel

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visited today the H2ID Desalination facility in Hadera, Israel.

The Deputy Chief of Indian Mission in Tel Aviv Sri Tshering accompanied him.

The plant authorities who called on the Chief Minister earlier gave him a brief presentation on the desalination mechanism and the economy/ costs associated with the project.

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Egypt to build solar power plants in 7 African countries – Egypt

Egypt has announced plans to construct solar plants across seven African countries as part of their commitment to help the continent in its development process and improve the renewable energy performances of those countries.

The Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), one of the largest industrial organisations in Egypt, will launch solar power plants in Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, and South Sudan, with capacities ranging from 2 to 4 megawatts.

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A solar-powered system can turn salt water into fresh drinking water for 25,000 people per day – Kenya

People have been trying to turn seawater into drinking water for thousands of years, but the process is not usually energy-efficient or affordable.

At a newly constructed facility in Kenya, however, a nonprofit called GivePower is tackling that challenge using solar power.

The desalination system, which started operating in the coastal area of Kiunga in July 2018, can create 19,800 gallons (75,000 litres) of fresh drinking water each day – enough for 25,000 people.

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Chennai industries to now use treated sewage water – India

CHENNAI: IN ten more days, Chennai will become the first Indian city to recycle sewage and supply it for industrial purposes.

A new treatment plant is being built in Kodungaiyur, which is likely to be completed by the first week of August.

This plant will supply recycled sewage water to industries, thereby ensuring that fresh drinking water is reserved for residential use. The move, Metro Water Board officials say, will help city tide over water crisis.

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‘Niti working out proposal to set up desalination plants along coastline to tide over water crisis’ – India

The Niti Aayog is working on a proposal to set up a string of floating desalination plants in marine waters along the country’s over 7,500-km coastline, with a view to tide over the water crisis being faced in major urban centres of India.

Recently, several parts of the country, especially Chennai, faced severe water crisis, owing to poor storage in various reservoirs following deficit rainfall.

“The Niti Aayog is working on linking desalination of sea waters with the Sagarmala project,” a top government official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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1,000 protest a planned desalination plant in northern Israel – Israel

1,000 residents of Acre and the Mateh Asher regional council protested on Thursday against the decision to build a desalination plant in the area, according to Channel 13.

Heavy traffic was reported as protestors blocked the Lohamei HaGeta’ot junction.The protestors are fighting against the decision to build the desalination plant in the middle of agricultural land and near residential areas and housing for soldiers.

According to design principles, these types of plants are supposed to be built in industrial areas or in their own area.

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Chennai records 56 per cent above normal rainfall, but little water in reservoirs – India

Chennai has recorded 56 per cent above normal rainfall since June 1, with 247.5 millimetres rainfall from June 1 to July 27.

Despite the good rains, Chennai’s reservoirs — Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam — have not seen any significant improvement in water levels.

The combined storage at the four reservoirs stood at 16 Mcft against 1,734 Mcft last year.

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Iran Desalination Capacity to Rise by 300,000 Cubic Meters Per Day by 2021 – Iran

In the past six years, 39 desalination units with a capacity of approximately 174,000 cubic meters per day (63.7 million cubic meters a year), are operating mostly in the southern coasts.

Sixty desalination plants with a capacity of over 242,000 cubic meters per day (88.4 mcm per year) are operating in different regions in Iran, The Energy Ministry news portal reported.

Construction of another 25 desalinating projects is underway, which upon completion by 2021 will add 300,000 cubic meters of water to daily output.

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Despite Rainfall, Chennai Reservoirs Still Remain Dry – India

Despite good rains over the last 10 days, Chennai’s reservoirs remain dry. As a result, the water levels in Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam remain unchanged.

On Thursday morning at 8.30, the Chennai airport observatory had received 29.4 mm rain over the past 24 hours, according to the IMD’s Chennai office. Nungambakkam station got 26.4 mm over the same period.

In the week ending July 24, too, Chennai had received ‘large excess’ rainfall. Good amounts of rainfall on Monday and Wednesday brought 56 mm rainfall to the city, which is a 168% jump over the normal rainfall of 20.9 mm during this period. Nearby Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts also received excess rainfall.

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Desalination could be an option for KZN, but not in the near future – Durban

Desalination may be considered as an option to supply additional water for the growing population in and around Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, in the long term, but Umgeni Water is continuing with plans for more traditional water schemes for now.

Umgeni Water planning services manager Kevin Meier this week said the utility had conducted a detailed feasibility study to look at desalination as a bulk water supplier a few years ago.

It considered the viability of two large-scale desalination plants – one on the South Coast just outside Durban, and the other near Tongaat on the North Coast.

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