California, Renewable Energy
Pacific Institute reports on desalination energy use
The Pacific Institute has published the next instalment of its series on Key Issues For Seawater Desalination in California, this time looking at energy requirements and associated greenhouse gas emissions for desalinated water.
Australian SWRO firm signs MoU for Saudi pilot
Australian desalination start-up Water Resources Group (WRG) announced on 4 December 2012 that its subsidiary Water Resources International (WRI) had signed a memorandum of understanding with Knowledge Industry Company (KIC) of Saudi Arabia.
Santa Cruz desalination EIR delayed until fall
The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed 2.5 MGD (9,500 m³/d) desalination plant (scwd²) for Santa Cruz, California, will not now be published until fall 2012.
RO, IX and ceramic membranes in Veolia oilfield reuse contract
A 45,000 bpd (7,154 m³/d) produced-water reclamation facility is to be installed at the Arroya Grande oilfield in California by Veolia Water through a design-build-operate contract.
JPL and CalTech to aid LA's water/energy efficiency
The City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with its managing institution, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are combining forces to establish Los Angeles as a powerhouse for demonstrated energy and water innovation.
ERI appoints two new directors
Energy Recovery Inc, the California-based desalination energy-recovery technology company, announced on 25 February 2009 the appointment of two new directors: Stanford University professor Dr M Elisabeth Pate-Cornell and Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, former chair of the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Boart Longyear wins slant well deal
California American Water (CalAm) has selected drilling firm, Boart Longyear, to construct seven to nine source water slant wells that would draw ocean water for a desalination facility proposed as part of CalAm's US$ 320 million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
Monterey desalination project seeks four-year deadline extension
US water supplier, California American Water (CalAm), along with local stakeholders has sought more time to complete its Monterey Peninsular desalination project.
Monterey slant well test back in action
California American Water has resumed operation of its test slant well following a halt in the well's operation pending a coastal commission ruling.
Desalitech bags water treatment deal for five power plants
Desalitech has won a contract with Southern California Edison (SCE) to supply five of its ReFlex water treatment systems for installation at SCE's peak power generating stations in California.
Poseidon plays down watchdog's warning
The developer of a giant desalination project at Huntingdon Beach, California has played down a recent notice from the Coastal Commission telling the firm that its application for a development permit was incomplete.
STW opens up Texas brackish source project
Water management firm, STW Water Process and Technologies, has started to develop a newly acquired brackish water lease in the Imperial, Texas area. The move is part of STW's West Texas Water Project to discover new brackish water sources.
California gives Monterey slant test green light to resume pumping
The California Coastal Commission has given the go-ahead for water supplier, California American Water (CalAm), to resume operation of its test slant well. The well has been idle since June when groundwater fell below a threshold specified in CalAm's permit conditions that required it to cease working.
Sweetwater starts US$ 42 million desalination upgrade
Sweetwater Authority has begun its US$ 42 million expansion of the Richard Reynolds Groundwater Desalination facility in Chula Vista.
IDE Americas wins Santa Barbara desalination deal
Water treatment firm, IDE Americas, has been awarded a design, build operate (DBO) deal to refurbish, operate and maintain the recommissioned Charles E Meyer reverse osmosis desalination plant in Santa Barbara, California.
Santa Barbara starts desalination rebuild
Work has started on the US$ 47 million replacement of a 30-year old, virtually unused desalination plant in Santa Barbara, California to make way for a new plant after the city gave the go ahead for a return to desalination as a means to address drought.
Santa Barbara forges desalination partnership
Californian city, Santa Barbara, has agreed to discuss inviting Montecito Water District to join its desalination plant project currently under construction. Santa Barbara recently received the regulatory green light for the project.
Giant solar desalination project plans US$ 10 million public offering
Shares in what would be California's first commercial-scale solar desalination plant issued by WaterFX will this year form a US$ 10 million state-registered direct public offering (DPO) in the state.
Green groups pledge to drop Huntingdon appeal
Environmental groups have pledged to drop their appeal against the award of a permit for the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant after California state water officials confirmed that the plant developer, Poseidon Water, will have to reapply for one of its permits if state regulatory amendments go into effect.
Carlsbad ahead of schedule
The giant Carlsbad seawater desalination plant in California is about a month ahead of schedule for completion with a start date now in October according to its builder, Poseidon Water.
California county mulls tapping into nuclear plant desalination
As part of its plans to combat ongoing severe drought, California's San Luis Obispo County (SLO) is considering the construction of a 10 km pipeline to tap into the spare capacity of a desalination plant currently providing only the needs of a nuclear power plant.
Experts slam economics of seabed intake for giant US desalination project
A 250 Ml/d seawater desalination (SWRO) plant planned for Huntington Beach, California using sub seafloor intake pipes was "not economically viable at the Huntington Beach location within a reasonable time frame" according to a recent expert report. The findings could jeopardise the Huntingdon project because sub seafloor technology was pivotal to regulatory approval.
Energy Recovery bags US$ 1 mlllion US deal duo
Flow energy technology firm, Energy Recovery, has won US$ 1 million in deals for desalination projects in California and Texas.
California Democrat bill rings cash for desalination
California Democrat senator, Dianne Feinstein, has introduced legislation to allocate investment to water desalination, recycling and additional storage totalling US$ 1.3 billion over ten years.
Judge rejects lawsuit against water authority over Carlsbad emissions
US water conservation group, San Diego Coastkeeper, this week failed in its bid to sue the San Diego County Water Authority for alleged environmental negligence in its water supply projects. Coastkeeper claimed the authority made inadequate provision for the environmental impact of its water supply schemes including the giant Carlsbad project currently nearing completion.
San Diego secures grant to up desalination capacity
San Diego Democrat Representative, Susan Davis, has announced a US$ 5.2 million federal grant to expand a desalination facility in a bid to secure water independence for the region.
California city ponders desalination revival
California's city of Morro Bay is poised to apply to the state Coastal Commission to operate continually its currently idle reverse osmosis desalination plant. The city let its operating permit expire in 2000, and the plant - built in 1992 - has not operated since then except for occasional emergency use.
Solar desalination plant to serve California's Central Valley
Solar desalinatetion specialist, HydroRevolution, is raising funding to construct a solar-powered multi-effect distillation desalination plant in the Panoche Water and Drainage District in the Central Valley.
California district probes impact of possible giant desalination plant
California's West Basin Municipal Water District board of directors has voted to begin an environmental impact report as part of its research towards the construction of a seawater desalination facility in the South Bay.
IDA World Congress in California
A pivotal event in the global desalination and water reuse sector will be held at the US industry's epicentre amid an historic drought when the 2015 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse convenes in San Diego, California at the end of August 2015. The "location, theme and timing could not be more appropriate," said IDA secretary general, Patricia A Burke.
Carlsbad connects with San Diego network
Construction of a 15 km pipeline connecting California's near-complete giant Carlsbad desalination plant to the San Diego County Water Authority's distribution system is complete.
Avalon ponders second desalination plant to curb rationing
The city of Avalon on Catalina Island, California is considering a US$ 0.5 million contribution to a proposed second desalination unit in a bid to avoid further water rationing.
Consultant completes Carlsbad power supply support design
Engineering consultancy, NV5 Holdings, has completed the design and construction of support services for the power supply to the Poseidon desalination plant in Carlsbad, California.
Orange County officials nod towards Huntingdon deal
Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from Posiedon's proposed giant desalination plant at Huntingdon Beach.
Santa Barbara ponders US$ 2 million subsurface intake test
Californian city, Santa Barbara, may put up to US$ 2 million into a study of a desalination facility seawater intake structure after environmental groups said the existing plant's open water intake pipe could be harmful to marine life.
California adopts new rules for checking desalination applications
California regulators have adopted the states' first rules for the permitting of seawater desalination projects.
California gives Monterey environmental thumbs up
The California Public Utilities Commission's recently published draft environmental impact report on the Monterey Peninsula Water Project and has rated the desalination project as the environmentally preferred of a number of options scrutinised as possible solutions to the region's drought problems.
California's governor promises to up pace of water projects
Califonia governor, Jerry Brown, has pledged to accelerate the approval process for projects that increase the water supply in San Diego and around the state, according to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. He was speaking shortly after a meeting of California mayors to discuss the drought in the region, now in its fourth year.
Monterey slant test ousttrips expections
State utility, California American Water (CalAm) has reported that its test slant well for a proposed Monterey Peninsula desalination project is outstripping expected performance to a degree that suggests a smaller and cheaper production facility will be needed.
San Diego hires MWH/Brown and Caldwell team to manage city's US$ 2.7 billion drinking water
The city of San Diego, California has selected environmental engineering, consulting, and construction team, MWH/Brown and Caldwell, to manage and assist in the delivery of the city's US$ 2.7 billion drinking water programme, Pure Water San Diego.
Containerized plant resolves district's drought difficulties
Membrane filtration company, H2O Innovation, has delivered a 3,200 m³/d containerized water treatment system to the Cambria Community Service District, California to "resolve promptly" the community's difficulties amid its tenth year of drought. The system treats a mix of brackish water, freshwater and secondary effluent to be injected into a groundwater basin.
Santa Barbara gets OK for desalination restart
A California state board has approved a permit to allow the city of Santa Barbara to restart its seawater desalination plant.
Seeds scupper test well on day one
The discovery of seeds of an endangered flower at the site of a test slant well construction in north Marina, California, has halted the project on day one. California American Water (Cal Am) only recently won the right to proceed with the slant well test was after a lengthy court battle with owner of the site, cement firm, Cemex.
Judge rules against US water district bid to halt test slant well
A Santa Cruz county judge has ruled against the Marina Coast Water District's bid to halt California American Water (Cal-Am) in its continuing construction of a test desalination slant well in Marina.
Californian water district backs talks over new desalination project
Orange County Water District in California, USA has voted to enter into formal negotiations with Poseidon Water to secure a proposed seawater desalination project in Huntington Beach, California.
California town uses fast-track laws to push through desalination plant
California coastal tourist town Cambria has used the state's fast-track approval scheme for measures to address its drought emergency to build a desalination plant scheduled to go on stream later this month after only six months in preparation.
Contractor strength drives investment grade rating for Carlsbad bonds
Credit rating agency, Fitch, has assigned an investment grade 'BBB-' rating to bonds issued for the under-construction Carlsbad desalination plant and associated networks in California.
California US$ 687 million drought relief bill calls for more reuse
California governor, Jerry Brown, has signed a US$ 687 million drought relief bill that calls on the State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Public Health to devise additional measures to bring on the use of recycled water.
Monterey slant well project gets grant to assess bacteria removal
US utility, American Water, has picked up more than US$ 200,000 in grant support from the WateReuse Research Foundation to assess pathogen removal during the collection of seawater for desalination through sub-surface slant wells.
Advisor ups Santa Barbara desalination restart cost by 25%
The city council of Santa Barbara in California may need to add to its planned water rates increase to cover the cost of a restart to the city's mothballed desalination plant according to acting water advisor, Josh Haggmark. He issued his warning after upping his US$ 32 million September estimate of the cost of re-booting the plant by about 25%.
Commission approves California American Water test slant well
The California Coastal Commission has approved the application by water utility, California American Water, (Cal Am) to construct a test slant well for its proposed 48 Ml/d seawater reverse osmosis desalination project.
Cal Am strikes deal on test well
Utility, California American Water (Cal Am), has struck a deal with cement maker, Cemex, to allow the water firm to drill slant test wells, and possibly production wells, on Cemex' north Marina sand mining plant site.
West Basin declares record year in recycled water output
West Basin Municipal Water District in California has declared fiscal year 2013-14 a record 12 months in recycled water production at its Edward C Little Water Recycling Facility. The plant produced 60,000 Ml of recycled water in the period.
California district ups desalination and reuse incentive by 36%
Southern California's Metropolitan Water District has increased by 36% the financial
incentive for water agencies to develop and produce recycled water, recovered
groundwater, and desalinated seawater supplies.
California's West Basin water plans look to yes vote for bond
California's West Basin Municipal Water District plans to up its water recycling capacity and push ahead with desalination research with funds from a US$ 7.12 billion water bond which is subject to a state referendum next month.
Biwater bags California reuse contract
UK water technology group Biwater has been awarded a contract to design, supply and commission all process, mechanical, electrical and control components for a planned wastewater reuse demonstration project in California, USA.
Cal Am in race to get slant well test approval
California's water utility, California American Water (Cal Am), is locked in a legal battle and races against the Coastal Commission timetable and a threatened shore bird's breeding season in its bid to construct a slant well test for its proposed Monterey desalination facility.
Carlsbad could start earlier than scheduled
The US$1 billion Carlsbad seawater desalination plant under construction in California is 65% complete and could be in operation earlier than its planned 2016 start, according to its developer Poseidon Water.
Protech and Dow win Carlsbad contracts
Contractor and plant operator for the giant Carlsbad desalination plant under construction in California, IDE Technologies, has selected City of Vista-based Protec Arisawa to provide the pressure vessels and and Dow Water and Process Solutions to supply reverse osmosis membranes for the Carlsbad project.
New rules could rein in California coast desalination
Proposed new regulations in California could put a rein on planned desalination plants in the state including the giant, part completed, Carlsbad facility according to a water industry chief in the region.
California slant test gets US$ 1 million grant
Water utility, California American Water, has received a US$1 million grant from the state's Department of Water Resources to help fund the company's $4 million planned slant well test.
Water Reuse California appoints new managing director
WateReuse California has appointed Jennifer West as managing director of the California Section.
Combined cooling and desalination "limits environment impact"
Studies by a company proposing to construct a groundbreaking combination of desalination plant and data centre have shown the facility will cause only limited negative impact to the environment according to the researchers.
Research gives green light to proposed desalination plant
Studies by a company proposing to construct a "unique" combination of desalination plant and data centre have shown it will cause only limited negative impact to the environment according to the researchers.
San Diego approval leads large SoCal water reuse surge
The board of the San Diego County Water Authority on 22 May 2014 approved support for the City of San Diego's proposed large-scale water recycling project, Pure Water San Diego, which the water authority has identified as the region's most likely next source of local supply.
Clear support for desalination in Soquel Water District
Seventy per cent of people in California's Soquel Creek District support desalination as an "excellent" or "good" option for addressing the water supply needs of the area, according to a survey carried out for the district.
Land-purchase brings Consolidated's Mexican SWRO nearer
The planned Rosarito seawater desalination project in Mexico close to the US border took a step nearer on 22 May 2014 when Consolidated Water Co Ltd announced that it had completed the land purchase for the project.
Reclamation grant for Sweetwater desalination expansion
The US Bureau of Reclamation is to provide the Sweetwater Authority in California with a US$ 1.5 million grant towards the expansion of the Richard A Reynolds desalination plant.
H2O Innovation lands San Jose WTP ultrafiltration contract
A 30 MGD (113,562 m³/d) hollow-fiber ultrafiltration (UF) membrane water treatment system in California is one of three new contracts totaling Can$ 8.8 million (US$ 8.1 million) announced on 21 May 2014 by H2O Innovation.
AMTA/SWMOA joint workshop program available
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has published the program for its joint technology transfer workshop with the Southwest Membrane Operator Association, which is being held on 15‑17 July 2014 in Newport Beach, California.
Public meeting set for San Joaquin water reuse EIS
The US Bureau of Reclamation has set a public scoping meeting for 13 May 2014 as part of the environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Monterey cost/benefit study to look at 'social ROI'
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) is soliciting statements of qualifications by 1 May 2014 from qualified organizations to perform triple bottom line cost-benefit analysis related to the proposed Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) Project.
Carollo to evaluate restarting Santa Barbara desalination
The City of Santa Barbara, California, has selected Carollo Engineers to complete a three-phase evaluation for the reactivation of the city's Charles Meyer seawater desalination plant.
California board offers low-interest water‑reuse finance
California's Water Resources Control Board (WRCB) has approved new low-interest financing terms for water-recycling projects that can be completed within three years of governor Jerry Brown's drought declaration on 17 January 2014.
LG sees NanoH2O takeover as "new growth engine"
LG Chem, part of Korea's LG electronics group, is proposing a takeover of desalination membrane maker NanoH2O for US$ 200 million, according to a filing made to the Korea Exchange on 14 March 2014.
Brochure available for SWMOA's Sonoma symposium
A brochure for the Annual Symposium of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) with a complete program and registration details is now available from the association.
H2O Innovation updates Piedmont Pacific acquisition
Its recent acquisition of Piedmont Pacific means that Canada's H2O Innovation Inc is now supplying flexible pipe couplings to some of the largest desalination plants under construction in the world.
Water Planet to use 3M polymer in membrane manufacture
Water Planet Engineering (WPE), a spinoff company from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has entered into a joint development agreement with global company 3M to explore commercial production of a new polymer material with widespread industrial application.
H2O Innovation wins Monterey SWRO subcontract
H2O Innovation Inc has been awarded the contract to design, supply and commission the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination system for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project in California, USA.
Soquel Creek district to examine water-reuse options
Soquel Creek Water District in California, whose proposed desalination project with City of Santa Cruz was put on hold last year when Santa Cruz backed out, is re-evaluating water-reuse projects and their feasibility.
West Basin rehires United Water for water‑reuse plant
Suez subsidiary United Water has been awarded a renewed contract by West Basin Municipal Water District in California to continue to operate and maintain the Edward C Little Water Recycling Facility including four satellite plants.
Cal Am applies for US$ 3 million desalination intake grant
California American Water (Cal Am) is seeking a US$ 1 million grant from the California Department of Water Resources to help fund the installation of a US$ 3 million slant test well, which is needed for its proposed Monterey desalination project.
New hybrid membranes chosen for Victor Valley MBRs
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA), on the edge of the Mojave desert in California, has selected FibrePlate hybrid-membrane technology manufactured by Fibracast Inc for two sub-regional membrane bioreactor (MBR) facilities.
California extends desalination funding deadline
The California Department of Water Resources has extended to 31 January 2014 its deadline for the receipt of applications for desalination grant funding.
Carlsbad SWRO first year milestones revealed
Following the early January celebration of the first year of construction of the Carlsbad seawater reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in California, developer Poseidon Resources provided D&WR with a breakdown of the work so far.
Monterey boreholes reveal good slant-well conditions
California American Water (Cal Am) reported on 20 December 2013 that data from its ongoing investigation into subsurface slant well intakes for its proposed Monterey desalination plant were showing promising results.
CDM to build US$ 86 million Monterey desalination plant
California American Water (Cal Am) has selected CDM Constructors Inc to design and build the desalination facility proposed as part of its US$ 320 million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
Pressure-exchanger court case goes to Hauge
The latest round of the "pressure-exchanger wars" between inventor Leif J Hauge, his company Isobarix Inc and energy-recovery equipment manufacturer Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) has gone in favour of Hauge.
H2O Innovation completes Piedmont Pacific purchase
Canada's H2O Innovation Inc announced on 5 December 2013 completion of the previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common stock shares of Piedmont Pacific Corporation of Oakland, California, for a total consideration of approximately Can$ 4.0 million (US$ 3.8 million).
H2O Innovation to buy Piedmont Pacific
Canada's H2O Innovation Inc announced on 25 November 2013 the signing of an agreement to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common stock shares of Piedmont Pacific Corporation, the Oakland-based flexible pipe couplings manufacturer, for a total consideration of approximately Can$ 4.0 million (US$ 3.8 million).
Piedmont Pacific's Jim Medanich dies at 75
One of the best loved characters of the desalination world passed away on 9 November 2013 - James Medanich, founder and president of Piedmont Pacific Corporation.
IDE buys Flowserve pumps for Carlsbad desalination
IDE Technologies has purchased three large vertical seawater intake pumps from Flowserve Corporation for the Carlsbad seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Carlsbad, California.
Commission vote halts Huntington Beach application
Poseidon Water withdrew its application for a coastal development permit (CDP) for its proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant after the California Coastal Commission voted on 13 November 2013 to postpone a vote on the application.
California to promote reuse and streamline permitting
In the future, most new water in California will come from a combination of improved conservation and water use efficiency, conjunctive use (coordinated management of local surface and groundwater), recycled water, drinking water treatment, groundwater remediation, and desalination.
Andrews promoted to lead Nitto global membrane division
Japan's Nitto Group has promoted Brett Andrews to be CEO of Hydranautics and managing director of the Global Membrane Division, effective 1 October 2013.
Santa Cruz project pause leaves Soquel district quandry
The decision of Santa Cruz City Council on 8 October 2013 to halt all practical progress on its proposed seawater desalination plant has left its partner in the project, Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD) looking for alternatives.
APTwater buys remaining Sepro shares from Sojitz
California-based APTwater Rochem® has acquired the remaining shares of Sepro Membranes from its previous joint-venture partner Sojitz Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.
Dudek appoints Carlsbad expert as environmental manager
The lead environmental planner for the Carlsbad desalination plant, Joe Monaco, is to manage the environmental division of California consulting firm Dudek, headquartered in Encinitas.
Governor signs bill to accelerate California direct reuse
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed legislation on 8 October 2013 designed to accelerate direct potable reuse throughout the US state.
Twin Victor Valley MBR plants get state funding
The twin membrane-bioreactor plants planned for the communities of Apple Valley and Hesperia on the edge of the Mojave desert east of Los Angeles, USA, have received US$ 1.5 million funding from the California Department of Water Resources.