North America

Mexican Region Gets First Desalination Plant for Agriculture Use in the Americas – Mexico

Weather conditions in San Q1uintin, a region in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, are good for growing crops year-round, but the lack of water in the area is forcing farmers to turn to innovative and environmentally friendly technologies, such as desalination, to deal with the problem.

The drought that affected San Quintin from 1985 to 2015 caused the amount of land under cultivation to fall from 28,000 hectares (69,135 acres) to 7,889 hectares (19,479 acres), a reduction of 72 percent.

A company called Grupo BerryMex recently announced that it was going to start operating the first agricultural desalination plant of its kind in the Americas in San Quintin, allowing fields to be irrigated.


Rising sea threatens South Florida’s drinking water and region’s economy – Florida

You grab the last box, freshly packed with life’s memories. As you drive toward the highway, you pass the ruins of what used to be the city you made a home.

The downtown is now a ghost town. Your company has laid you off because all the offices are being forced to close. You must leave the city that you love. Why? The city that floods almost every day no longer has fresh drinking water.

Unfortunately, this scenario might become a reality for most of South Florida’s residents, who receives their drinking water from one source, the Biscayne Aquifer. The aquifer serves residents in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties.


Desalination loses more urgency in hyper-wet winter – California

Desalination began to lose its urgency among Californians and their public officials two years ago, after the drought-busting winter of 2016-17, when heavy rain and snow ended dry conditions in most of the state.

The idea of drawing potable water from the sea became even less of a priority this year, when an autumn of record-level fires gave way to one of the state’s wettest winters on record.

Reservoirs are brimming. Instead of desperately seeking new sources of water, Californians were moaning about the billions of excess gallons that washed into the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Depleted aquifers began their path to replenishment, too, with snow levels in the water-producing Sierra Nevada Mountains far above normal.


Vancouver cleantech Mangrove Water receives $2.1 million from federal government – Canada

Vancouver-based water management cleantech Mangrove Water Technologies, has received a $2.1 million investment from the federal government as part of its Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) initiative.

Mangrove is developing a technology that simultaneously converts saline waste-water and waste-gases into desalinated water and value-added chemicals for on-site utilization.

The funding for the company will support its zero-discharge desalination technology, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas sector operations. “Mangrove has developed a distributed manufacturing platform that converts waste streams to chemicals on-site and on-demand and water for reuse,” said Saad Dara, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Water.

“This not only simplifies logistics and reduces cost but also has significant environmental benefits around GHG reduction and water conservation.”


Bonds eyed for desalination plants – Hawaii

Legislators are considering a bill to authorize issuing special purpose revenue bonds to build and operate solar-powered saltwater desalination plants on Hawaii Island.

The measure would allow the Department of Budget and Finance to issue up to $100 million in special purpose revenue bonds to assist Trevi Systems Inc. and Kona Coast Water in bringing operational two or more plants to desalinate water using 100 percent renewable solar energy and supply it to customers on Hawaii Island, and potentially other islands as well.

Special-purpose revenue bonds allow the state to offer financing that helps private capital improvement projects considered to be in the public interest.

The bonds aren’t state funds and are instead bought by private investors.


Emergency cutback at Point Lisas desalination plant – Point Lisas – Trinidad

CUSTOMERS in parts of Central and South/West Trinidad will experience a disruption in their regular pipe-borne water supply because of a cutback in production at the Point Lisas desalination plant.

A release from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said the plant was producing ten million gallons per day (mgd), just 25 per cent of its capacity.


WASA: Point Lisas Plant still down, residents urged to manage water – Trinidad

The Water and Sewerage Authority is advising customers who are currently without a pipe-borne water supply in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, that this is due to ongoing problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

WASA issued a statement on Monday evening, noting that partial operation of the facility was achieved on December 4 after the initial disruption on December 3.


Seven Seas Water Announces Execution of Water Agreement in Anguilla – Anguilla – North America

even Seas Water, an operating segment of AquaVenture Holdings Limited (NYSE: WAAS) (“AquaVenture” or the “Company”), a leader in Water-as-a-Service™ (“WAAS™”) solutions, today announced that it entered into an agreement with the Water Corporation of Anguilla, the public water utility of Anguilla, to supply potable water under a 10-year contract.

Water production, which will commence immediately, will be at an initial capacity of 500 thousand gallons per day and expand to 750 thousand gallons per day within the first several months of commencement.

The agreement provides for an additional expansion for a total design capacity of 1 million gallons per day during the term.


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.


Desalination plant could be coming to Ingleside.-Ingleside

The City of Ingleside announced Wednesday they have an agreement with a company that wants to build a desalination plant on Corpus Christi Bay.

Although the site has not yet been picked for the desal plant, it will cost about $800 million to build. However, no taxpayer money will be used.

The City has signed a public-private partnership agreement with Poseidon Water based in Boston who will build the desalination plant and sell the water to the San Patricio County Water District and individual companies. Mayor Ronnie Parker said a stable water supply is what companies consider most important.