Gibsons goes to Stage 3 to give water to SCRD – Canada

As of midnight on Friday, Sept. 3, the Town of Gibsons will begin Stage 3 water restrictions, after beginning to provide water to the SCRD on a temporary emergency basis.

At an Aug. 31 special meeting, the four present members of Gibsons council voted unanimously to supply the SCRD with up to 1,000 cubic metres of water per day during the 2021 water crisis, as long as the town’s essential water needs are not compromised.

On Sept. 1, the town started supplying the Chapman water system.


Rethinking Wastewater Treatment for Better FGD Economics

Since its introduction in the 1960s, electrodialysis (ED) technology has been adopted for a wide range of industrial applications, and today it is the second-most widely used membrane desalination technology.

The traditional technology involves applying a direct-current electric field to flux positive ions across cation exchange membranes in one direction, and negative ions through anion exchange membranes in the opposite direction.

More recently, it has benefited from an innovation that helps to keep the membranes cleaner by allowing the polarity of electrodes and hydraulic channels to “reverse.”


Ontario Teachers and UTA acquire TIF’s Sydney desalination plant stake – Ontario

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) have increased their ownership stakes in the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) to 60% and 40% respectively.

Ontario Teachers and Morrison & Co, on behalf of UTA, said they have increased their holdings in SDP with their acquisition of The Infrastructure Fund’s (TIF) ownership stake in the plant. Financial details were undisclosed.

SPD, which is Sydney’s only non-rain dependent source of drinking water, supplies up to 15% of the Australian city’s needs.


Vancouver cleantech Mangrove Water receives $2.1 million from federal government – Canada

Vancouver-based water management cleantech Mangrove Water Technologies, has received a $2.1 million investment from the federal government as part of its Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) initiative.

Mangrove is developing a technology that simultaneously converts saline waste-water and waste-gases into desalinated water and value-added chemicals for on-site utilization.

The funding for the company will support its zero-discharge desalination technology, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas sector operations. “Mangrove has developed a distributed manufacturing platform that converts waste streams to chemicals on-site and on-demand and water for reuse,” said Saad Dara, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Water.

“This not only simplifies logistics and reduces cost but also has significant environmental benefits around GHG reduction and water conservation.”