California

Energy Recovery (NASDAQ:ERII) Cut to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research

According to Zacks, “Based in San Leandro, California, ENERGY RECOVERY, INC. is a leading global developer and manufacturer of highly efficient energy recovery devices utilized in the water desalination industry.

Energy Recovery, Inc. operates primarily in the sea water reverse osmosis segment of the desalination industry.

ERI manufactures ultra-high efficiency recovery products and technology, specifically the ERI PX Pressure Exchanger, that are among the enabling technologies driving the rapid growth in seawater reverse osmosis desalination, and are helping to make desalination affordable worldwide. “

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Huntington Beach desalination project would help meet region’s water needs – Huntington Beach – California – USA

As the price of imported water continues to rise, and technological advances for seawater desalination improve efficiencies, California’s time to turn ocean water into drinking water has come.

Orange County is poised to integrate purified ocean water into its drinking water portfolio, just as San Diego has successfully done by producing 35 billion gallons of drinking water from the Pacific Ocean in just three short years.

The ocean is the world’s largest reservoir; it’s always full and sits on our front doorstep. At the cost of a half-penny per gallon, seawater desalination is cost-competitive with the development of other new water supplies.

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CPUC gives Cal Am desal project unanimous go-ahead – North Marina – California – USA

After six and a half years of review, the state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a permit for California American Water’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, including a North Marina desalination plant.

Following public testimony from dozens of Peninsula and other area residents regarding the project, the commission agreed that Cal Am’s project including 6.4 million gallon per day desal plant and supplemental water supplies is the best available route to providing the water-restrained community with a replacement source of water to offset the state water board’s Carmel River pumping cutback order due to take full effect at the end of 2021.

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Another view: LandWatch supports recycled water over desal – California – USA

After many years of proceedings, false starts, and delays, the California Public Utilities Commission is now finally considering a Proposed Decision that would permit California American Water to build a 6.4 million gallons per day desalination facility.

LandWatch opposes the Proposed Decision because it is the costliest and riskiest water supply alternative. Over the past 10 years, LandWatch has participated in the CPUC proceedings and advocated several partial settlements among the parties.

The settlements required more careful analysis of groundwater impacts, provision of water to a disadvantaged community, and CPUC consideration of a proposal for recycled water instead of reliance only on a desalination facility.

With LandWatch support, the CPUC approved a 3,500 acre feet per year recycled water project called Pure Water Monterey, which is now under construction by the Monterey One Water agency.

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Doheny proposal proves it’s possible to do desalination right in Orange County – California – USA

Corporate profiteers like Poseidon have given seawater desalination a bad name, but a proposal in south Orange County shows that it is possible to use this technology responsibly.

While Poseidon’s oversized, overpriced and outdated Huntington Beach project is widely opposed.

The smaller plant South Coast Water District wants to build near Doheny State Beach has earned broad support, including from environmental groups like Orange County Coast-keeper.

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Is Desalination Feasible for Santa Monica? – Santa Monica – USA

Coleridge was not writing about Santa Monica in this poem but he may as well have been. Santa Monica, like all of coastal Southern California, sits next to the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest body of water but because of the salt, the water is undrinkable.

This could soon change, however, as local water experts consider the possibility of removing the salt from the ocean to make it drinkable in a process known as desalination.

It is a myth the greater Los Angeles area is a desert but its semi-arid climate still does not produce enough water to sustain the nearly 20 million residents.

In fact, 90 percent of the drinking water for the areas comes from either the Colorado River or Nothern California.

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LG Chem Marches into the Brackish Water RO Market After Establishing Leadership in Seawater Desalination – Santa Clara – USA

In August 2018, LG Chem was awarded a contract to supply replacement membranes to the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, the largest plant of its kind in northern California and the focal point of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s recycled water expansion.

LG Chem will supply energy saving BW ES membranes to the 8 MGD (30,280 m3/day) facility.

In addition following more than 18 months of trial, in June, LG Chem was awarded a contract to supply 3,170 energy saving BW ES elements to the Ground Water Replenishment System in the Orange County Water District.

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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.

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Antioch looks to use project stabilizing agreement for $60 million desalination project.

The city has a $60 million desalination plant project about to hit the pipelines and is working on agreements to ensure it gets workers in a county bursting at the seams with large, ongoing construction.

City Council members voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday night to pursue a project stabilization agreement (PSA) for the city’s future brackish water desalination plant. A PSA is a pre-hire umbrella contract that consolidates wages, rules and disputes for a number of different contractors or unions on a large project.

 

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Plans for the biggest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere received final California state approval – USA-California

… clearing the way for construction to start next year and for the plant to open north of San Diego in 2011.

The California State Lands Commission, which unanimously approved the plant at a meeting in Los Angeles, was the last hurdle before construction can begin. The $300-million (about R2,1-billion) plant will turn seawater from a lagoon off Carlsbad into 50 million gallons of drinking water daily, enough to supply about 110,000 households and about 10 percent of the needs of San Diego County, home to 3 million people.

Desalination is common in the Middle East, but large-scale plants are rare in the United States and Western Hemisphere. There are about 22 000 desalination plants in 120 countries, which together produce about 3 billion gallons per day.

Carlsbad is the first of what is expected to be a wave of approvals for desalination plants in California, where about 20 plants are in various stages of planning. “This is a historic day for the state of California,” said Peter MacLaggan, senior vice president for Poseidon Resources, the Connecticut-based company behind the Carlsbad plant. Poseidon is also developing a plant of a similar size in Huntington Beach to the north.

Carlsbad will be twice the size of the current largest US plant, on Tampa Bay in Florida. California officials have set a goal for desalinated water production by 2030 equal to about 10 times the output of the Carlsbad plant. California Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow said this week the Carlsbad approval was “essential.”

“Desalination will probably never be a major portion of the water supply, but it’s going to be a critical part of a portfolio of a reliable supply,” Snow said.

The Carlsbad plant will not be ready in time for next year, when there will likely be the biggest drought in state history unless lots of snow falls in the Sierra mountains this winter, he said.

California Lutenent Govenor John Garamendi, who is a member of the lands commission, said the plant would make much-needed supply for the San Diego area…

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