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Egypt’s Red Sea resort that’s making waves

As I sat under the welcome shade of a cluster of palm trees, my gaze drifted over the calm waters of the lagoon ahead of me – and was caught by a line of neatly labelled terracotta rubbish bins.

To be honest, when I’d imagined my trip to Egypt’s Red Sea region, I’d pictured swimming in warm, crystal-clear waters and discovering vibrant coral reefs surrounded by brightly coloured fish.

And though I was able to do all of that, it was not the marine beauty that captivated me the most, but rather El Gouna’s impressive commitment to sustainability. Instead of detracting from the natural beauty of the Egyptian resort town, the rubbish bins were a welcome sight.

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Perur desal plant delayed; no new bids – Chennai

Metrowater’s 400MLD desalination plant at Perur near Nemmeli is yet to materialize.

Tenders seeking to build the plant were called in 2020 but, an RTI reply has revealed, a contractor has not been chosen in the last two years.

The Metrowater board has also not called for fresh tenders. Activists think it could be because the DMK does not want to give the project to contractors identified by the AIADMK government.

The delay has prolonged the wait for water for an estimated 22 lakh people living in southern parts of the city.

Worse, the delay is likely to further escalate the cost of the `6000-crore project that is funded by the Japanese government.

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Should California use the ocean to quench its thirst?

As the state’s water supplies continue to dwindle during this drought, it’s always worth weighing the pros and cons of desalinization to meet the state’s water needs Groundwater keeps shrinking, reservoirs keep drying.

Is it time for California to use desalinization to increase its depleted water supplies?

California is enduring another punishing drought, this one only a few years after the last one ended, which was the most severe drought in the state’s nearly 500 years of recorded history.

Low winter snowpack combined with scorching summer temperatures and the driest winter months in 100 years have severely impacted the state’s water supply.

Lake Oroville, an important reservoir in Butte County, had sunk to 49% of capacity by July 1. Lake Shasta was at 39% capacity.

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Serbia’s first public-private-partnership water treatment project awarded to Metito

The signing of the first public private partnership project for the realization of a water treatment plant facility in the Republic of Serbia, has been announced at an official ceremony earlier this week.

Metito, a leading global provider of intelligent water and alternative energy management solutions, has been appointed by the City of Zrenjanin and Serbia’s Public Water Company (PWC), as the partner to develop, modernize and operate a state-of-the-art water treatment plant in the City of Zrenjanin.

The contract was signed by Metito Managing Director, Rami Ghandour, Mayor of the City of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, and PWC Acting Director, Predrag Bodiroga.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, H. E. Ambassador of the UAE in Serbia, Mubarak Saeed Burshaid Al Dhaheri, Metito Vice President for Business Development, Walid Madwar, and Metito Country Manager for Serbia, Branislav Zec.

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Morocco launches tender for 260 MW solar project

The project is part of MASEN’s Noor Atlas solar programme implemented by Onee which aims to develop solar energy in remote areas of Morocco, in line with the kingdom’s objective of increasing the share of renewable energy to 52% by 2030.

European Investment Bank (EIB), is financing the programme to the tune of US $131M.

The programme will enable Morocco to diversify its electricity mix and help reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels.

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Durban residents still struggling to receive consistent water supply – South Africa

Umgeni Water says water supply in areas like Chatsworth, uMlazi and Northdene among others remains interrupted.

This is because of planned repairs for one of the high-pressure pipes supplying water to the Durban Heights water treatment plant.

Umgeni Water’s Shami Harichunder says residents should expect reduced water pressure. He says complete water supply will be restored by Thursday.

“We detected that one of these aqueducts has a leak in it, we detected in Reservoir hills, so uMgeni water has now shut down this aqueduct three repairs are taking place now.

They have to work from inside the aqueduct to seal the leak and we expect it will take 6 days for the work to be completed, meaning that by next Thursday the work will be completed.”

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Containerized solar water farms provide clean water, jobs for locals – Austin

More than 2 billion people globally lack access to clean drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nonprofit organization GivePower is aiming to reduce that number by using the sun’s energy, shipping containers, desalination technology and local supply chains.

GivePower builds and delivers containerized solar-powered water farms that desalinate salty water.

The organization focuses on areas where “there’s an immediate and growing need for better access to safe water,” Kyle Stephan, told FreightWaves.

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Taqa inaugurates solar power plant in Soma Bay and signs up for desalination – Egypt

In Egypt, resort of Soma Bay is now powered by solar energy. A clean solar energy plant was recently commissioned by Taqa Arabia, a Cairo-based company.

Inauguration ceremony was attended by officials from Taqa Arabia, which owns the solar power plant, as well as Ibrahim El-Missiri, the chairman and CEO of (ASDC).

Solar power plant, which has a capacity of 5 MWp, was built by Taqa Power, the subsidiary of Taqa Arabia Group. The clean electricity is sold to ASDC under a 30-year power purchase agreement.

“Our main objective is to generate the required energy using solar to reduce electricity and seawater desalination costs.

This project aligns with Egypt’s vision to explore and diversify the country’s energy resources,” says Ibrahim El-Missiri.

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Acciona depoys satellites to study seawater quality for desal plants 

Spanish infrastructure major Acciona has developed a predictive model for seawater quality that is improving the operation of SWRO plants in the region.

A leading operator of desalination plants in the Middle East, Acciona said this predictive model uses satellite measurements and Artificial Intelligence tools to forecast the quality of water reaching desalination plants.

Algae bloom, oil spills and jellyfish are just some of the phenomena that can clog the filtering systems of desalination plants and cause operations to shut down.

But with sufficient warning, desalination plants can stop extraneous matter from entering filtering systems.

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Containerized solar water farms provide clean water, jobs for locals

More than 2 billion people globally lack access to clean drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nonprofit organization GivePower is aiming to reduce that number by using the sun’s energy, shipping containers, desalination technology and local supply chains.

GivePower builds and delivers containerized solar-powered water farms that desalinate salty water.

The organization focuses on areas where “there’s an immediate and growing need for better access to safe water,” Kyle Stephan, vice president of operations at GivePower, told FreightWaves.

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