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Nemmeli desalination plant to be ready by 2023 – Chennai – India

Chennai MWSSB has begun work to lay pipelines to draw seawater and discharge brine from the upcoming third desalination plant at Nemmeli. The plant will have a capacity to treat 150 million litres of seawater a day (mld).

Over 50% of the construction of seawater intake sump, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and dissolved air flotation, in the plant has been completed so far.

The CMWSSB has laid cofferdams (a structure that enables work to lay pipelines for the desalination plant).

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Defunct plants fuel drinking water crisis in coastal Odisha villages – India

Residents of seaside villages are grappling with drinking water crisis this summer as excessive salinity in Luna river has rendered two saline water treatment (SWT) plants defunct in Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district.

To desalinate Luna river water and provide drinking water to locals, the State government in 2017 had set up the two SWT plants in seaside villages of Gojabandha and Mangalpur.

Villagers were getting 40,000 litre of drinking water from the two plants. But last week, both the plants became defunct.

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Minjur desalination plant under maintenance – Chennai – India

According to a release from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, water supply from the plant will be stopped from 8 a.m. on March 8 to 10 a.m. on March 11.

Areas such as Madhavaram, Manali, Tiruvottiyur, Ernavoor, Kathivakkam, Patel Nagar and Vyasarpadi will not get supply from the desalination plant.

Alternative arrangements have been made to supply water from the Puzhal water teatment plant for these areas.

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Kerala’s first water desalination plant to come up in Ponnani fishing harbour – India

In a first of a kind initiative in Kerala, a seawater desalination plant will be set up at the Ponnani fishing harbour in Malappuram.

Additionally, a similar project will be implemented in seven panchayats in Kasaragod. Collect e-signa on the go with Acrobat Pro DC Try free The land required for setting up the plant will be provided by the Ports Department.

The plant is expected to solve the severe drinking water shortage faced by the Ponnani municipality.

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Wabag betting big on desalination projects – India

Chennai-headquartered pure-play water technology company VA Tech Wabag is betting big on desalination projects across the globe and it sees growth potential in markets like India, North Africa and West Asia —especially in Saudi Arabia and Egypt — over the next five years.

The company said that it is fully prepared to leverage the opportunities in these markets as it has technological expertise in the field.

It also said that the company is focusing on increasing the share of international contracts in its order book to 60% from the current 50%.

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Consultant appointed to evaluate designs for desalination project in Mumbai – India

A consultant has been appointed to evaluate the designs that have come in from the Israeli firm which is interested in developing a desalination project for Mumbai.

The study, that will have all details necessary for the project to start, is nearing completion.

As per the plan, initially, the plant will work on 200 million litres per day (MLD) of sea water daily, which may increase to 400 MLD in the second phase. Desalination is the process of removing salt from seawater.

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Andhra Pradesh’s first desalination plant to come up in Prakasam with Rs 35 crore – India

A desalination plant with an outlay of Rs 35 crore will come up soon to address the drinking water needs of 14 fishermen villages in the Ongole assembly constituency of Prakasam district. This will be the first such plant in the state.

The authorities have already sent a detailed project report (DPR) to the government and are waiting for approval.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during his recent visit to Ongole, had promised to sanction a comprehensive project with an estimate of around Rs 400 crore to supply drinking water to the city and other surrounding areas.

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How Va Tech WABAG is taking advantage of desalination and waste water business opportunities – India

On the outskirts of Chennai, in the village of Nemmeli, the outline of a vast desalination project has been functioning smoothly since 2013.

At 100 million litres a day, it serves a critical need in supplying the water needs of a rain-starved region.

It’s an important poster boy for desalination technologies that are likely to become more prominent in the years to come.

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BMC scraps dam project, says 4.5 lakh trees saved – Mumbai

The BMC has cancelled the Gargai dam project which will save 4.5 lakh trees.

BMC chief Iqbal Chahal said learning from experiences of the two cyclones, the BMC decided there was no point in cutting down 4.5 lakh trees to build Gargai dam and bring drinking water to Mumbai.

He said BMC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Israeli firm, IDE, to set up a desalination plant at Manori to convert 1,800 million litres of seawater daily into potable water.

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The year our home in Madurai ran out of water – India

In the summer of 2013, we ran out of water in our home in Madurai. Like many others, we depend on the water that our borewell supplies, but after drilling past 500 feet, we hit a slushy bottom – our borewell’s way of telling us to look elsewhere.

An electrician familiar with the workings of our house for decades said the house had never run out of water, which made us inclined to believe this water outage was a passing problem and more to do with the working of the borewell.

My emails from this period reflect our concern with the functioning of the borewell and the muddiness of the column rather than with any fear of the aquifer drying up.

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