Oklahoma passes potable water-reuse implementation bill
The governor of the US state of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, on 28 May 2014 signed Senate Bill 1187 making it possible for water agencies to implement potable water reuse projects.
Desalitech to supply wastewater reuse system to steel mill
Desalitech is to supply an advanced wastewater recovery system to Mid American Steel and Wire, a leading supplier in the US wire and rod industry.
Brackish desalination studied for Oklahoma aquifer
The Central Oklahoma Water Resources Authority (COWRA) in the USA is currently working with local company Guernsey Engineering and California's Separation Processes Inc to do a feasibility study and pilot project to use brackish water from the Garber Wellington aquifer which underlies 3,000 sq miles (7,700 km²) of central Oklahoma.
Nine projects get Reclamation feasibility funding
The Camp Pendleton desalination project in California is one of nine advanced water treatment and reuse projects in three US states selected for feasibility-study funding by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Oklahoma passes bill to promote water reuse
US state Oklahoma recently passed legislation to promote water reuse projects within the state.
Queensland legislates for centralised CSG brine disposal
The Queensland state government in Australia is introducing legislation to bring about centralised treatment and disposal of water and brine produced from the coal-seam gas (CSG) industry.
Water-reuse bill to be debated in California assembly
A bill to completely revise California's water-reuse legislation was passed for its third reading on 25 May 2012 and will come up on the floor of the state assembly this week.
New legislation unnecessary for Carlsbad desalination start
Poseidon Resources announced on 4 August that it had reached agreement with the California Coastal Commission to process the coastal development permit for the Carlsbad desalination plant before the 15 November 2009 deadline.
US grants $23.6 million federal funding for reuse and desal projects
The US Bureau of Reclamation has handed sums totalling $23.6 million to seven US states to support water reuse and desalination projects.
Fort forges ahead with reuse project
The first water reuse project in Oklahoma state is reported to be making headway at the US army's post at Fort Sill.
Graham city looks at potable reuse to tackle drought
The city council for Graham, Texas has been advised that reusing effluent would be the most cost effective and efficient water conservation option and plan.
Washington desalination/reuse view in WRA webcast
The WateReuse Association will present a webcast on 5 March 2014 providing an insider update on cutting-edge federal legislative and policy issues of interest to the water reuse and desalination communities.
SCMA launching membrane operator certification
The South Central Membrane Association (SCMA) is kicking off a membrane operators certification program in January 2013 featuring the first of four modules being developed by the Southeast Desalting Association (SEDA) with SCMA and other affiliates of the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA).
Texas creates state desalination committee
Following recent severe droughts, a Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination has been created by the legislature in the US state of Texas, including members of both houses.
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.
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.
Desalination "part of Reclamation's toolkit", AMTA told
Commissioner of the US Bureau of Reclamation Mike Connor believes "desalination has to be part of the toolkit" that the bureau uses to address the issue of shrinking water resources in the western United States.
Miami-Dade's US$ 13 billion plans pull in punters for PPP
Miami-Dade County has become the most attractive public private partnership (PPP) opportunity in the US with players chasing US$ 13 billion in water and wastewater projects according to market analyst Bluefield Research.
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.
Brussels seeks options on how to up water reuse
A European Union (EU) public consultation on "policy options to optimise water reuse in the EU" is approaching its close as the bloc seeks to exploit a "significant potential for further development of water reuse" among member states.
Texas opens public hearings on desalination
The US state of Texas has begun a series of public hearings on desalination costs and benefits that will inform the drafting of new laws next year.
Hawaii considers special bonds for solar desalination
Hawaii Island is looking to introduce new special purpose bonds to build and operate solar-powered desalination plants, reports westhawaiitoday.com.
Fluence secures first debt financing for desal project
Fluence has secured $48 million in debt financing from North American Development Bank (NADB) for a seawater desalination plant project in San Quintin, Mexico.
Florida legislates in favor of water reuse expansion
The state legislature of Florida, USA, on 2 May 2014 passed a bill (SB 536), which directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in coordination with stakeholders, to conduct a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of the beneficial use of reclaimed water, stormwater and excess surface water in Florida.
Hauge and Isobarix cleared of contempt of court
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia* on 20 March 2014 cleared Leif Hauge and his energy-recovery device company Isobarix of contempt of court in a case brought by Energy Recovery Inc (ERI).
China publishes details of country's desalination capacity
A new report on seawater usage in China published by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) has revealed that the country produces 1.18 million m3/d of desalinated water, reports Xinhuanet.com.
The Long Read: The changing EPC landscape
There is a big shift going on in the water sector, and it's exemplified by the Suez-GE deal. While the focus of services offered by engineers has always ebbed and flowed along a spectrum of consultancy, design work, systems integration, and delivery, nowadays customers' decision-making processes are pushing at the boundaries of these traditional project service offerings.
Chilean politicians launch mining desalination bill
A cross-party group of eight deputies in the lower house of the Chilean national congress has submitted a bill to require mining companies using more than 150 L/s of water for extraction purposes to install seawater desalination equipment.
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.
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.
Multi-technology GE upgrade for Russian refinery treatment
Membrane bioreactor (MBR), electrodialysis reversal (EDR) and reverse osmosis (RO) technology will all feature in a major upgrade for the wastewater treatment at one of Russia's biggest oil refineries.
Namibia plans feasibility study to underpin PPP desal project
Namibia is looking to build a new 70,000 m3/d desalination plant in Erongo Region under a public-private partnership (PPP), as the country gets close to finalising PPP legislation, reports New Era.
WateReuse publishes DPR conference details
The WateReuse Association (WRA) has published the program and essential details of its Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Speciality Conference to be held in November 2013.
Appeal court upholds Marin desalination EIR
A California state appeals court on 22 May 2013 backed the Marin Municipal Water District's desalination proposal by overturning an August 2011 ruling that its environmental impact report (EIR) failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Napolitano seeks to reauthorize US desalination act
A bill, HR 745, to reauthorize the 1996 Water Desalination Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives by California representative Grace Napolitano on 15 February 2013.
California considering CEC monitoring in water reuse
The California State Water Resources Control Board is to consider adding monitoring of constituents of emerging concern (CECs) to its requirements for recycled water at its board meeting on 16 October 2012.
USEPA reuse guidelines to be previewed in webcast
A preview of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse will be one of two webcasts presented by the WateReuse Research Federation in September 2012.
Kuwait steps closer to awarding PPP for Az-Zour North part two
Kuwait has invited two bidders into talks for the second phase of its Az-Zour North power generation and desalination project, reports MEED.
Postponed California water bond included water reuse
The California legislature has again postponed a November 2012 ballot on a water infrastructure bond worth US$ 11 billion, which included US$ 1 billion worth of water reuse projects.
AquaSure's Victorian Desalination Plant secures its first water order
The Victorian Desalination Project (VDP) is a mega-size seawater RO facility, able to produce up to 150 billion litres of water a year when running at full capacity. Located at the southerly most tip of Australia on the Bass Coast, it was procured by the Victorian State government from AquaSure, a joint venture of Degrémont (now Suez), Macquarie Capital, and Thiess (now Ventia), in 2009, for a capital cost of $3.5 billion.
Final draft of San Diego water-reuse scheme published
The City of San Diego, California, has published the final draft of its Recycled Water Study - the culmination of a two-year process to develop a new vision for water reuse in the San Diego region.
NRDC report urges control and reuse of fracking wastewater
The US Environmental Protection Agency and individual states should ban or more strictly regulate the discharge of shale gas wastewater (SGW) from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). They should also update pollution control standards for centralised waste treatment facilities (CWTs) that accept SGW.
Overview of Santa Cruz desalination project published
A new two-page factsheet on the proposed desalination project for the Californian City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD) has been published by the agencies.
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.
Groups appeal Huntington Beach desalination permit
Four environmental groups in California have appealed a decision by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (WQCB) to grant a permit for the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Resources.
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.
Judge tells Cal Am to produce Monterey plan
California America Water (Cal Am) has until the start of March to come up with a new plan for providing water to the Monterey peninsula, according to a ruling by an administrative court on 25 January 2012.
More twists in Monterey desalination saga
In yet another twist to the troubled Monterey desalination project in California, a judge on 19 December 2011 ordered a new environmental impact review (EIR) for the plan.
Marin MWD to appeal desalination EIR judgement
The Marin Municipal Water District voted on 16 November 2011 to appeal a judicial ruling that an environmental impact report (EIR) for its possible seawater desalination project was flawed, which effectively stopped the project.
US to develop natural-gas wastewater standards
Over the coming months, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to begin the process of developing a proposed standard for wastewater discharges produced by natural-gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations.
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.
Bill to update US Desalination Act introduced
A bill to fund US government research and development projects into desalination was introduced into the US House of Representatives on 27 July 2011 by California Democrat representative Grace F Napolitano.
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.
Dubai amends laws to permit IWPPs
Following its announcement of its first independent power and water project (IWPP) at Hassyan with a 454,000 m³/d desalination plant, Dubai has amended the royal decree that set up the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) in 1992 to allow more IWPPs.
Ratepayer group challenges Monterey desalination approval
California's Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) has appealed against the approval of the Coastal Water Project on the Monterey peninsula, stating that the state Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) surrendered its oversight responsibilities to the promoters of the project, which includes a seawater desalination plant.
Carlsbad desalination plant survives another appeal
California's Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, on 10 December 2010 upheld the Superior Court's ruling that the State Lands Commission had complied with environmental laws when it approved the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
Environmentalists challenge Cambria desalination test wells
Environmental group LandWatch San Luis Obispo County is challenging in the courts the decision of the California Coastal Commission to allow the US Army Corps of Engineers and other local agencies to construct test beach wells for the proposed Cambria desalination project.
Desalination affected by California powerplant ruling
The powerplant with which California's new 189,000 m³/d Carlsbad seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant is co-located has been ordered to cease once-through cooling by 2017. The Huntington beach powerplant, site of another proposed desalination plant, has been given until 2020.
Carlsbad legal challenge loses Surfrider Foundation.
One of the two groups staging a last-ditch challenge to the Carlsbad desalination plant, Surfrider Foundation, has abandoned its legal challenge to the California State Lands Commission's approval of the project.
Coastal Commission reaffirms Carlsbad desalination permit
By a 9:3 majority, the California Coastal Commissioners on 10 December 2009 voted to dismiss the request to revoke the Carlsbad Desalination Project's Coastal Development Permit (CDP).
US Ex-Im Bank claims first ECA carbon policy
The US Export-Import Bank is claiming to be the first export credit agency (ECA) to adopt a comprehensive carbon policy after announcing on 3 November 2009 a new policy to guide its support of US exports in light of climate change concerns.
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).
USEPA to enforce Clean Water Act better
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced on 15 October 2009 at a House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing that the agency is stepping up its efforts on Clean Water Act enforcement.
Bay Area reuse expansion fails to pass US Representatives
The Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009, which sought to amend the Reclamation Wastewater & Groundwater Study & Facilities Act to expand the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program (BARWRP) in California, USA, failed to gain a necessary two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives on 30 September 2009.
Mechanical pipe joints perform under pressure
Since their introduction nearly 100 years ago, mechanical grooved piping systems have provided a wide range of performance benefits for system designers, installers and end users, writes Len Swantek, director, global regulatory compliance, Victualic.
BHP Billiton asked to rethink desalination plant site
The Parliament of South Australia's Environment, Resources & Development Committee has recommended mining company BHP Billiton reconsider its proposed site for a 250,000 m³/d seawater desalination plant at Port Bonython in the upper Spencer Gulf.
EDR/MBR well treatment may debut in Utah
A membrane bioreactor (MBR) system, developed and patented in 2008 by Magna Water District (MWD), in the US state of Utah, and Carollo Engineers, could be used for the first time together with an electrodialysis reversal (EDR) facility to remove perchlorate and arsenic from the Barton Well Field in Utah.
US powerplant environment ruling could affect desalination
In a ruling that could effect desalination plants in the USA, the US Supreme Court on 1 April 2009 overruled an appeals court decision and permitted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use cost/benefit criteria to determine the technology for powerplant water-cooling structures.
Befesa wins RO pilot plant in Tarragona
Spanish company Befesa Agua has won a construction contract for a reverse-osmosis (RO) pilot desalination plant to be built next to the L'Ampolla water treatment plant in Tarragona, Spain.
US water and wastewater may get US$ 11.8 billion boost
Water reuse measures totalling US$ 126 million to be undertaken by the Bureau of Reclamation are one of a number of measures included in the US$ 825 billion economic recovery legislation proposed by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on 15 January 2009, which is also likely to benefit upcoming desalination projects.
Minister agrees Melbourne inquiry recommendations
The Aus$ 3.1 billion (US$2.2 billion) seawater desalination plant for Melbourne, Australia, passed a significant hurdle on 9 January 2009 when Victoria state's planning minister, Justin Madden, accepted all but one of the 42 recommendations of an independent inquiry into the project.
Australian government to fund desalination projects
Guidelines for the Australian government's plan to fund large-scale infrastructure projects, including desalination, to help cities and towns meet future demand for water were published on 7 December 2008 by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, and the Minister for Climate Change & Water, Senator Penny Wong.
Eight water groups press US government to up focus on reuse
The WateReuse Association has joined seven other water sector organisations in pressing the US Bureau of Reclamation to use some of its US$ 100 million in new drought funds to invest in water reuse.
RWL consortium wins Baja California desalination deal
Mid market water treatment firm, RWL Water, in a consortium with Mexican partners, Libra Ingenieros and RJ Ingenieria, has won a contract to build a 22,000 m³/d seawater desalination plant in San Quintín, Baja California.
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.
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.
Obama ups federal powers to curb river pollution
US president, Barrack Obama, has stepped up federal protection of the country's waterways and drinking water supplies with a rule that clarifies which water courses and bodies may be covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
STW puts zero liquid system on show
STW Water Process and Technologies, this week will hold demonstrations in the Texas state capital, Austin, of a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) thermal water processing technology it licences from Salttech under an exclusive agreement.
Texas passes bill to deliver water resources
Texas has referred a major bill designed to boost desalination projects in the state to the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Committee.
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.
Florida's wastewater reuse capacity up 52% since 2000
Wastewater reuse capacity in Florida has grown 52% since 2000, reaching 6,600 Ml/d in 2014 placing the state at the forefront of US wastewater reuse adoption according to market analyst Bluefield Research.