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Aguas Antofagasta to expand desal capacity despite brine criticism – Chile

Chilean water utility Aguas Antofagasta plans to keep expanding its desalination capacity both in regional capital Antofagasta and the municipality of Tocopilla, despite criticism of the alleged environmental impact of brine discharges into the sea.

In December, the company received environmental approval for a US$115mn project to increase the capacity of its plant (in photo) in Antofagasta city to over 1,600l/s, and expects to have the expansion ready by late 2023 or early 2024, the firm’s operations manager Cristián Jiménez told BNamericas at the Desalination Latin America congress held by Vostock Capital.

He said the expansion will be Aguas Antofagasta’s largest project for the next three years.

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Solution & Environmental Challenge for Chile – Chile

The Pacific Ocean could quench the thirst caused by 10 years of drought in Chile, but the operation of desalination plants of various sizes has a long way to go to become sustainable and to serve society as a whole rather than just corporations.

Some twenty of these plants are already in operation providing desalinated water to small fishing communities, another three to the inhabitants of various municipalities and eight more to large mining companies, all but one of which are concentrated in Chile’s arid North.

The extensive development and availability of solar and wind energy has lowered the operating cost of desalinating and purifying seawater, which offers hope for a stable supply of water in this Southern Cone country with 4,270 kilometers of coastline.

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Water initiative is a budget grab by Big Ag – California

Whoever coined the phrase “Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting” didn’t have things quite right.

In California, water is for scamming. The newest example is a majestically cynical ploy being foisted on taxpayers by some of the state’s premier water hogs, in the guise of a proposed ballot measure titled the “Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022″ — or, as its promoters call it, the More Water Now initiative.

The measure’s backers need to gather nearly 1 million signatures to place the measure on the November 2022 ballot. That process has just begun, and its outcome is uncertain.

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Marin water pipeline plan draws environmental lawsuit – California

A Marin environmental group is suing to block a proposed water pipeline on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, citing the potential harm to endangered fish.

The plaintiffs also allege the Marin Municipal Water District project could open the door to tens of thousands of new homes being developed in the county.

The Fairfax-based North Coast Rivers Alliance filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Marin County Superior Court.

Total Eren kicks off Chile green hydrogen study – Chile

Total Eren has begun studies for the development of a large-scale green hydrogen project in Chile, with a target of 25GW of electrolyser capacity by 2030.

H2 Magallanes will be supplied by renewable electricity from up to 10GW of wind capacity to be located near the borough of San Gregorio, in the Magallanes region of southern Chile.

The project ties in with Chile’s ambition to feature among global leaders in the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis.

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Chile desalination bill stalls in senate – Chile

Senate discussion on a desalination bill has stalled until Chile’s executive submits an observations report to the water resources committee.

Desalination is seen as one solution to alleviate the severe drought affecting the country.

Discussion on the bill began in congress in 2018. 

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Shutdown at Point Lisas Desalination Plant – South America

The Water and Sewerage Authority advises customers in parts of Central and South-West Trinidad, who are presently experiencing low water pressures or no water that, this is as a result of the shutdown of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, due to what has been described as raw water quality issues.

However, a time for restarting the plant has not been given. As such, a limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and government institutions.

The WASA advisory explains the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT) owned and operated Plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 million gallons of water per day (mgd).

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Haitian-Led Relief Effort to Deliver 30,000 Liters of Clean Water Per Day to Earthquake Survivors – Caribbean Sea

Haitian communities devastated by Saturday’s earthquake are receiving critical clean water from a Haitian-led relief effort supported by the GivePower Foundation, World Hope International, Amazon, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), West Indies Self Help (WISH) and World Central Kitchen.

The coalition will deliver 30,000 liters of water to hard-hit areas each day, providing critical safe drinking water to roughly 15,000 people in need.

In the wake of a disaster, clean water is not only vital for hydration but also for preventing secondary health emergencies resulting from a lack of sanitation and hygiene.

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After Five Weeks Without Water, Comcaac Community In Sonora Seeks Urgent Help – Mexico

Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, say they are experiencing a critical water shortage after weeks without reliable access.

Water scarcity is a long-standing and constant issue in Punta Chueca — one of two Comcaac towns on the Sea of Cortez. But the community has now gone five weeks without water from the town’s failing desalination plant.

Water trucks sent by the government or paid for by the community are insufficient and some families lack large drums needed to store water between deliveries, leaving many without water for drinking, bathing and cleaning.

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American Water (AWK) to Invest in Water System in Pennsylvania – United States

American Water Works AWK announced that its unit, Pennsylvania American Water, is going to invest $2 million to install 2 miles of new water main in Washington County to ensure high-quality water services for customers and increase water flow for firefighting.

In addition to replacing miles of water mains that are aging, the investment is also essential to install new mains to efficiently meet the rising demand for potable water from its customers.

Pennsylvania American Water has been investing on a regular basis to upgrade its existing water and wastewater infrastructure as well as expand operations through strategic acquisitions. This company is efficiently providing water and wastewater services to nearly 2.4 million people.

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