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Finance agreed for Camarillo regional desalter studies

Two water districts and two - possibly three - cities in southern California have agree to finance studies for a regional brackish-water desalination plant to be located near Camarillo.

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Poseidon signs two VPs and construction director

Three experienced US water industry personnel have joined Poseidon Resources, following the departure of Nikolay Voutchkov earlier this year, the company announced on 20 July 2009.

Kuwait launches its largest desalination management project

Kuwait University's faculty of engineering has launched the Gulf state's largest ever water desalination and management project.

Corporate water disclosure guidelines launched by UN

An attempt to build a common approach to water-use disclosure by companies has been launched by the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate.

1,100 US counties face water supply crisis by 2050, says report

A new analysis for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), examining the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States, has found that more than 1,100 counties will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming.

Reclamation funds reuse in California and New Mexico

Five congressionally authorized water reclamation and reuse projects in California and New Mexico, USA, will receive cost-shared funding for planning, design and construction of their projects, following a Bureau of Reclamation announcement on 21 May 2013.

Industrial WateReuse conference to be held in Long Beach

The WateReuse Association (WRA) has issued a call for abstracts for its first Industrial Reuse Specialty Conference.

Design/build RFQ issued for Monterey desalination plant

A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued on 1 April 2013 by California American Water (Cal Am) for the desalination infrastructure component of its Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

West Basin adds water efficiency to reuse & desalination

West Basin Municipal Water District in southern California recently completed a Water Efficiency Master Plan that will double water savings from to 6 billion gallons (22,710 million m³) in 17 coastal Los Angeles cities by the year 2020.

US$ 10.6 million grant for water-reuse schemes

The US Bureau of Reclamation announced on 4 May 2012 the selection of seven projects in the Mid-Pacific Region to receive more than US$ 10.6 million in WaterSMART Title XVI water recycling and reuse funding.

MF/RO plant may be Santa Clarita salt solution

A microfiltration/reverse-osmosis (MF/RO) advanced wastewater treatment plant is one of several options being considered by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District (SCVSD) in California, USA, to deal with excessive chloride levels in the wastewater it discharges to the Santa Clara River from its two treatment plants.

UCLA water summit will look at desalination/reuse

Seawater desalination and wastewater reuse will be key topics at a one-day summit on the Future of Water in Southern California to be held by the University of California, Los Angeles, on 27 January 2012.

Cal Am looking at Monterey desalination fallback plan

At least three other projects involving desalination plants are being looked at by California American Water (Cal Am) to supply water to the Monterey peninsula in case the Regional Desalination Project does not go ahead.

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.

Escondido moves towards indirect potable reuse

The City of Escondido in southern California, USA, could be about to follow neighbour San Diego in setting up an indirect potable water-reuse (IPR) scheme as part of a wastewater facility upgrade costing about US$ 200 million.

Visalia wastewater upgrade will be largest MBR in California

The City of Visalia, USA, is upgrading its wastewater treatment plant with membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and will be the largest MBR plant in California when it enters service in 2013.

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.

MoU signed to advance Camp Pendleton desalination plant

A planning agreement providing a framework for progress on a major regional seawater desalination plant at Camp Pendleton in Southern California was signed in April.

MemPulse MBR equipment with air scouring technology significantly reduces energy consumption.

Modesto water quality project gets Siemens MBR equipment

Equipment for a 12.6 MGD (47,700 m³/d) membrane bioreactor (MBR) system is to be supplied to City of Modesto, California, USA, by Siemens Water Technologies for the Jennings Road Water Quality Control Facility.

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.

Marin County poll shows support for desalination

Opinion poll results released on 9 July 2009 by Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) in California, USA, showed 58% of consumers would support a desalination option in a multi-pronged approach to the district's future water supply. This rose to 68% when more information was provided.

Bay agencies band together for water reuse funding

Water reuse, particularly for irrigation, is getting major attention in the San Francisco Bay area of California, USA. Municipalities and water districts are banding together to obtain federal funding.

The location for the Carlsbad desalination plant.

Australia's GHD to work on Carlsbad desalination

Australia's GHD will work with US-based Butier Engineering on the US$ 300 million Carlsbad seawater desalination project in the USA. GHD announced on 16 March 2009 that the company will be providing oversight and independent assessment of the performance of the engineering procurement construction contractor and specialist knowledge and technical skills in sustainable water management practices.

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.

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.

South Florida embraces desalination and water reuse for the future

The days of limitless and cheap water in South Florida are gone. Planning, investments in alternative water sources such as desalination and reuse, and conservation are required to secure reliability and sustainability of current and future water supplies. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is the oldest and largest of the five districts in Florida. The district's mission is to oversee the water resources in the southern half of the state by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply within a 16-county region. A key initiative is restoration of the Everglades, a vast wetlands and US national park. By augmenting supplies through alternative sources - including desalination of brackish and seawater, reclaimed water and reducing demand through year-round water conservation, the SFWMD hopes to continue quenching the thirst for a renewed environment and an ever-growing population. Realizing that water desalination using reverse osmosis is energy-intensive, the district also supports studies and projects that use renewable energy to reduce the carbon footprint, operate more efficiently to reduce water use, and manage concentrate to protect the environment. To encourage diversification of water resources, public utilities that use reclaimed water for outdoor irrigation are exempt from water-shortage restrictions. This article appeared in the February/March 2009 issue of D&WR magazine.

Abu Dhabi rejects more desalination despite growing water stress

Environment Policy and Planning at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has rejected upping desalination as a means to counter growing water scarcity in the emirate, opting instead for conservation and reuse.

Indian desalination conference set for February

The Indian Desalination Society (InDA) has published a brochure for its National Conference on Water Purification Technologies & Management (InDACON 2012).

The Membrane Technology Conference 2017 in Long Beach, California, overlooks the Pacific Ocean

View from the Membrane Technology Conference 2017

The Membrane Technology Conference (MTC) 2017 is in full swing in Long Beach, California, and talk on the show floor reflects a mix of aspirations and concerns.

Direct potable reuse to be debated at WRA symposium

The WateReuse Association has announced the program for its annual symposium, including a closing panel discussion entitled Direct Potable Reuse: Not a Pipe Dream Anymore?

Outfall and intake problems hit OC desalination

The pilot plant for the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination Project in California has been forced to close down due to relocation of its outfall pipe due to heavy storms . The project has also run into problems with its intake water.

Court dismisses Carlsbad desalination permit challenge

Poseidon Resources jumped what it hopes will be the final legal hurdle for the Carlsbad Desalination Project on 24 June 2011, when the California Superior Court upheld the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board's most recent approval of the project.

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.

Parsons selected for California water-reuse expansion

California's West Basin Water District has awarded its largest ever water-reuse contract to Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation on a design-build basis.

Orange County loses widely respected lab director

Orange County Water District (OCWD) in California announced on 21 March 2011 that Steve Fitzsimmons, director of its Advance Water Quality Assurance Laboratory, who had been a key figure in water quality testing for Water Factory 21 and gaining credibility for the Groundwater Replenishment System, died on 3 March 2011.

Southern California salinity workshop report posted online

The Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) has released the final report of the Salinity Management Study Update Workshop, held on 1 June 2012. is now available to download.

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.

GRA web seminar to look at California salt plans

CalDesal, the California desalination non-profit organisation, is joining a web seminar on Workflow for Salt and Nutrient Plans on 15 May 2013 presented by the Groundwater Resources Association with the Association of California Water Agencies.

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.

CCC to rule on Cambria desalination plant studies

California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff have advised the commission at its meeting this week to agree to a US Army Corps of Engineers proposal to test a beach in the Cambria region, near San Luis Obispo, for use as beach wells for a desalination plant.

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.

Massive health grant aids Chino desalters expansion

California's Western Municipal Water District announced on 28 June 2012 that it had received a "monumental" US$ 51 million grant from the state's Department of Health towards the US$ 130 million expansion of the Chino desalination plants.

Santa Clara votes for advanced wastewater reuse plant

The directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in California, USA, approved two agreements with the City of San Jose on 23 February 2010 to build a new advanced water treatment facility involving microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection.

Location of the Carlsbad desalination plant by the Encina power station.

Preconstruction for Carlsbad desalination can go ahead

Site demolition and preparation for the Carlsbad Desalination Project can now take place following the issue to Poseidon Resources on 3 November 2009 of its Coastal Development Permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (CCC).

West Basin desalination demo could begin next year

Construction could begin in 2010 on the Ocean-Water Desalination Demonstration Project at Redondo Beach near Los Angeles, California, the West Basin Municipal Water District announced on 30 July 2009.

Escondido hires consultants for potable water reuse

The City of Escondido in southern California approved on 27 June 2012 spending of US$ 1.14 million to hire a team led by Black & Veatch and including Brown & Caldwell for services towards its Indirect Potable Reuse Program.

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.

Carlsbad desalination plant set to start construction soon

The Carlsbad desalination plant jumped two of its final hurdles towards starting construction this week when it was backed by the courts and the local water quality board (WQB).

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.

Financing and legal hurdles still ahead for Carlsbad desalination

The labyrinthine complexities of the desalination permitting process in California were further illustrated this week with the latest twists in the Carlsbad seawater desalination plant saga.

Redondo Beach go-ahead for desalination demonstration plant

The California Coastal Commission approved on 9 April 2009 a seawater desalination project to be undertaken by the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) at Redondo Beach.

Santa Cruz pilot desalination results in 3-4 months

The Water Department of the City of Santa Cruz (SCWD), California, USA, confirmed on 23 March 2009 that its year-long seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) pilot plant test will be ended in mid-April with a report due in June or July 2009.

ACWA supports California desalination regulation rethink

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has proposed to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that the board's new environmental document for desalination and brine disposal should propose a method to combine the current regulatory requirements, permits and approvals.

Carlsbad seawater desalination project

State budget cuts delay Carlsbad desalination approval

Cuts to the California state budget prevented officials of the San Diego County Regional Water Quality Control Board preparing recommendations regarding the proposed Carlsbad desalination plant for the board to vote on at a meeting on 11 February 2009.

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.

Huntington Beach desalination project get NPDES permit

The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (SARWQCB) in California, USA, on 10 February 2012 unanimously approved an amended National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project.

Another legal blow for Monterey desalination alternative

California American Water's (Cal Am's) progress in developing an alternative desalination project for California's Monterey Peninsula received yet another setback on 2 February 2012, when a judge issued an amended ruling on the environmental impact report (EIR) originally published for the abandoned Regional Desalination Project.

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.

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.

Another appeal against Carlsbad desalination project

An appeal against a court ruling allowing the Carlsbad desalination plant to use the open-ocean cooling-water intakes of the adjacent power station for its water intake was launched on 18 August 2011 by the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization.

'I see great opportunities in the water utility and building services segment in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.' Hideo Shirakawa, East Asia managing director, Grundfos

Five Minutes With: Hideo Shirakawa, East Asia managing director, Grundfos

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are among the Grundfos projects to inspire newly-appointed East Asia managing director Hideo Shirakawa

Water in Mining: Efficiency, Reuse, Water Management Strategies & Technologies will be hosted on 9 to 10 April 2019, in Toronto, Canada

Water in Mining 2019 unveils full speaker line-up

Water in Mining 2019 has unveiled its full conference programme packed with debate, knowledge sharing, networking, case studies, round tables and panel discussions on the latest in water management for mining companies.

Water in Mining 2019 will address tailing pond issues among other big water challenges for global mining companies

Water in Mining 2019 to target global mining's water issues

Water in Mining is introducing its first global conference to address water management challenges within the mining sector.

Tuas planning area in the west of Singapore will host the new water reclamation plant

PUB picks CH2M Hill to develop detailed designs for Tuas project

Singapore's PUB has appointed CH2M Hill Singapore as detailed design consultant for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant, after a pre-qualification exercise.

Desalination help published with WHO drinking water standards

The World Health Organization launched the 4th edition of its Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality (ISBN: 978 92 4 154815 1) at the Singapore Water Week on 4 July 2011 - and also launched a separate guide for desalination.

Japanese giants buy Metito stake

Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, (MHI), have acquired a joint 38.4% stake in United Arab Emirates-based water management company Metito for an undisclosed sum.

World Bank to help energy/water development link

The World Bank is to help developing countries to better plan and scale-up their energy demand in tandem with water resource management.

Speakers announced for IDA conference in Banff

Speakers and sessions for the May conference on Water Recycling and Desalination for the Oil & Gas Industry have been announced by the organizers, the International Desalination Association (IDA).

CH2M Hill reports to USEPA on industrial water use

Water reuse is one of a number of trends for water usage in American industry identified in a report just published by engineering company CH2M Hill for the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Contamination security white papers released in USA

New security technologies for detecting and monitoring water supplies could be developed as a result of a contamination warning system (CWS) demonstration pilot project in the USA undertaken by CH2M Hill and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD).

IDA president to hold WEX desalination workshop

The president of the International Desalination Association (IDA), Dr Corrado Sommariva, who is managing director generation, ILF Consulting Engineers, Middle East, will be giving a workshop on Economics and Management of Desalination on 30-31 January 2012 at the 2012 Water and Energy Exchange (WEX) international summit in Lisbon, Portugal.

Desalination part of new Algeria-Morocco cooperation

A meeting on issues related to water management and purification and seawater desalination is to be held in Algiers on 18 April 2011 between officials from the relevant ministries in Algeria and Morocco.

Reuse highlighted in WSAA urban water roadmap

The volume of water being recycled by the largest water utilities in Australia has increased by 117% since 1999/2000. In addition, it is estimated that, by 2013, 460 million m³/year will be supplied to Australia's growing cities by desalination plants.

Sanz and Awerbuch to lead IDA WEX sessions

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has released details of the two desalination sessions it is organizing as a Support Partner for WEX Global - the Water and Energy Exchange in Madrid.

IDA president calls for new thinking on sustainability

The president of the International Desalination Association (IDA), Dr Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, described the transition to sustainability as "one of the most important paradigm shifts of the modern era," when he addressed the International Water Summit (IWS) in Abu Dhabi on 21 January 2013.

Mojave desert utility to build twin MBR plants

Two identical membrane bioreactor plants are being planned by the Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) on the edge of the Mojave desert east of Los Angeles, USA.

The DeepWater Desal scheme proposes drawing water from Monterey Submarine Canyon at a depth of 130 feet

DeepWater Desal drives to overturn Monterey County ownership rule

Desalination project developer DeepWater Desal, in California, US, is seeking to overturn the rules of Monterey County that all desalination plants must be publicly owned, reports Monterey Herald.

The desalination plant forms part of a scheme to increase water supplies for Monterey

California gives green light to Monterey desalination plant

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the Monterey Peninsula Supply Project, which includes a 6.4 million gallons a day (24,227 m3/d) desalination plant north of Monterey.

Desalination subject of WRA webcast in June

The WateReuse Assocation (WRA) is holding a webcast on 29 June 2011 on the subject of Desalination: A Sustainable and Reliable Water Source for the 21st Century.

Arizona wants DPR/seawater desalination plan to start now

An immediate start on work to prepare for direct potable water reuse and seawater desalination is proposed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) in a report recently published by the US state's government.

Grundfos buys American UV disinfection specialist

Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos announced on 5 June 2012 that it had acquired Enaqua, a San Diego-based company specializing in ultraviolet disinfection technology and specialized membranes for water purification.

Top 10 most read stories of 2016

It was a big year for desalination and water reuse, with two major businesses up for sale, and mega plants grabbing the headlines. We present our top 10 most read stories of 2016.

IDA 2015 World Congress draws 1,700 delegates

More than 1,700 delegates from 63 countries attended the International Desalination Association's (IDA's) 2015 World Congress held in San Diego recently according to the association's key metrics published this week. Awards for papers and presentations topped US$ 30,000.

STW finishes brine concentrator project at Horizon, Texas

Water management firm, STW Resources, has completed a US$ 2.2 million contract for the design, engineering and construction of a reverse osmosis (RO) concentrator for the Texas city, Horizon.

Arizona panel makes water-reuse recommendations

More than 60 recommendations including many on wastewater reuse have been forwarded to the governor of the US state of Arizona by a "Blue Ribbon" panel formed by the governor, Jan Brewer, in 2009.

The WateReuse Association awards are designed to recognise leadership in advancing water reuse in the US

Winners of awards for water reuse projects unveiled

America's WateReuse Association has unveiled the winners of this year's awards for leadership in water reuse.

Fresh blow to planned Marin plant

Plans for a desalination plant in Marin, California, suffered a further setback this week, with the publication of an official report suggesting the district has enough water to meet its needs until 2040.

US agency picks trio for desalination project pipe deal

US water agency, California American Water (CalAm), has selected three firms to construct a 30km pipeline with pumping stations and storage facilities to deliver desalinated water from a planned facility under its Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

Don't let climate uncertainty stymie desalination investment says risk expert

Water and wastewater utilities must view climate change as a "disruptive opportunity" and not allow uncertainty to stymie investments in desalination and other resilience measures according to a UK risk management expert. Climate change created a business opportunity where "the most resilient will have an implicit lead over their competitors," the expert told a recent international forum.

Dr Kati Bell has been appointed as Brown and Caldwell's managing director of water strategy

Brown and Caldwell raids Stantec for water reuse expertise

Brown and Caldwell has poached three senior water reuse professionals from Stantec as it moves to strengthen its water reuse practice in the US.

Imad Makhzoumi, new IDA president

Makhzoumi elected IDA president for 2009-11

The International Desalination Association (IDA) announced on 12 November 2009 that Imad Makhzoumi had been elected its new president for 2009-2011.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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