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Desal consultant speaking to Swansea Water District Oct. 15 – Maryland – United State

A consultant from Maryland is expected to arrive to speak to the Swansea Water District Board of Commissioners to discuss the desalination issues on Oct. 15.

Acting Superintendent Jeffrey Sutherland noted that Watek Engineering has extensive background in desalination, including brackish water. In addition another firm AECOM is also being consulted.

The desalination plant had difficulties this summer mostly due to the high salinity at the intake. The reverse osmosis filters were unable to handle the high salinity.

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Why Environmental Groups Are Salty on Corpus Christi’s Pricey Desalination Plan – Corpus Christi – Texas

Having tried little else to save its water supply, Corpus Christi is considering an option that no other Texas city has embraced: seawater desalination. The strategy has long been considered a far-in-the-future option because of its cost, logistical challenges and environmental side effects.

Nonetheless, Corpus is plunging ahead in the hopes of diversifying its water supply, which consists entirely of three shallow surface water lakes that rapidly shrink during droughts.

City officials argue that desalination would provide an uninterruptible supply of water for the city’s growing port and industrial area.

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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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Texas City Offers Industry a Choice: Pay an Exemption Fee or Face Higher Water Surcharges – Texas – United States

With water shortages or potential water shortages facing many cities across the US, governments are struggling with how to work with industry to ensure the organizations are not depleting too much of the available water sources.

Now, the town of Corpus Christi, Texas, may be implementing what it believes will be a solution: offering large-scale industrial companies a $0.25 drought surcharge exemption fee.

The fee would allow industrial customers to pay an extra $0.25 per 1,000 gallons of water use. The surcharge exemption fee would not be mandatory, but those that choose not to pay would have no guarantee of price stability and could see significant increases in any type of water allocation surcharges that may be assessed, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

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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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