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While Poseidon’s oversized, overpriced and outdated Huntington Beach project is widely opposed.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


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.



Antigua to replace all reverse osmosis membranes.-Antigua

The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) is to replace all the membranes at its reverse osmosis plants to improve productivity, reports Antigua Observer.

Antigua and Barbuda is seeking to replace all its reverse osmosis membranes. The move is expected to cost in the region of $180,000 per facility.



Desalination plant brings relief to Ensenada residents struggling with limited water supply.- Mexico

Baja California’s first utility-scale desalination plant has launched operations, supplying 5.7 million gallons a day of converted seawater to municipal water users in the port of Ensenada.

The reverse-osmosis facility, which has the capacity to double in size, is seen as a critical piece of infrastructure for Ensenada, whose 390,000 residents have been almost entirely dependent on aquifers for their water supply.



Water plan urges preparation for dry times in New Mexico.

New Mexico’s supply of groundwater should be reserved for periods of drought, communities should have sharing agreements in place when supplies are short and alternatives such as desalination should be explored regardless of the cost.

The recommendations are part of the state’s draft water plan released late Monday. The public will have 30 days to comment on the lengthy document.

Updated every five years, the plan acknowledges the growing pressures of drought and climate change on New Mexico’s drinking and irrigation supplies.



Aqua Membranes and Henkel partner to promote membrane technology.

Aqua Membranes, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based developer of dimensional spacer technologies for improved membrane filtration efficiency, has finalized a commercial agreement with Henkel Adhesive Technologies to utilize each other’s expertise and knowledge base to develop new innovations in membrane technology.

While Henkel will focus on polymer and manufacturing technologies, Aqua Membranes will leverage its experience in optimizing spiral-wound elements and feed spacer patterns.