Ruptured part of Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road caves in – Chennai

A section of the 200 Feet Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road near Periya Eri caved in on Saturday due to a rupture in a desalination pipe going underneath the bridge.

Highways department officials said there was a rupture in the pipe underneath the radial road and it was fixed within a few hours.

“This caused only a very minor cave-in. We fixed it in a few hours once we got the news on Saturday,” an official said.


Nemmeli desalination plant to be ready by 2023 – Chennai – India

Chennai MWSSB has begun work to lay pipelines to draw seawater and discharge brine from the upcoming third desalination plant at Nemmeli. The plant will have a capacity to treat 150 million litres of seawater a day (mld).

Over 50% of the construction of seawater intake sump, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and dissolved air flotation, in the plant has been completed so far.

The CMWSSB has laid cofferdams (a structure that enables work to lay pipelines for the desalination plant).


Minjur desalination plant under maintenance – Chennai – India

According to a release from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, water supply from the plant will be stopped from 8 a.m. on March 8 to 10 a.m. on March 11.

Areas such as Madhavaram, Manali, Tiruvottiyur, Ernavoor, Kathivakkam, Patel Nagar and Vyasarpadi will not get supply from the desalination plant.

Alternative arrangements have been made to supply water from the Puzhal water teatment plant for these areas.


Wabag betting big on desalination projects – India

Chennai-headquartered pure-play water technology company VA Tech Wabag is betting big on desalination projects across the globe and it sees growth potential in markets like India, North Africa and West Asia —especially in Saudi Arabia and Egypt — over the next five years.

The company said that it is fully prepared to leverage the opportunities in these markets as it has technological expertise in the field.

It also said that the company is focusing on increasing the share of international contracts in its order book to 60% from the current 50%.


How Va Tech WABAG is taking advantage of desalination and waste water business opportunities – India

On the outskirts of Chennai, in the village of Nemmeli, the outline of a vast desalination project has been functioning smoothly since 2013.

At 100 million litres a day, it serves a critical need in supplying the water needs of a rain-starved region.

It’s an important poster boy for desalination technologies that are likely to become more prominent in the years to come.


Reservoirs full but Chennai still buys water – India

Heavy rains have kept Thervoy Kandigai reservoir brimming since Sunday. In fact, it’s been filled to capacity multiple times since it was commissioned last November. But not a drop from the waterbody — built at a cost of Rs 380 crore to augment Chennai’s drinking water supply — has been used.

That’s because the city’s other reservoirs (Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Red Hills and Cholavaram) already have enough water, says a senior official from the CMWSSB.

But water is still being bought from desalination plants to meet the city’s needs. On Tuesday too, 68 MLD was purchased from the Nemmeli desalination plant, and 45 MLD from the Minjur desalination plant, triggering questions from experts.


Chennai receives 1,000 million litres of water – India

For the first time since the formation of Chennai Metro Water Board in 1978, the water supply has touched 1,000 MLD on Friday.

Copious inflow into the reservoirs due to good rainfall and the release of Krishna water from Andhra Pradesh are the major reasons for this, say officials.

On Friday, the five reservoirs (Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram, and Thervoy Kandigai) together had a water storage level of 9.5 TMC.


Third desalination plant will be ready in 2023, says K.N. Nehru – India

The ongoing project to construct the third desalination plant, with a capacity to treat 150 million litres of seawater a day, at Nemmeli will be completed by April 2023, Minister for Municipal Administration K.N. Nehru said on Saturday.

During an inspection, he instructed officials to expedite ongoing work at Nemmeli, and also initiate measures to start the construction of a 400 mld desalination plant at Perur.

Mr. Nehru noted that nearly 9 lakh residents would have better water supply once the ₹1,259.38 crore desalination plant is commissioned in 2023.


Seawater desalination unit brings relief to drought-prone Tamil Nadu village – India

The Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday informed that seawater desalination through “solar thermal forward osmosis” has brought relief to a drought-prone village in Tamil Nadu.

Narippaiyur, a village in Ramanathapuram District, a drought-prone area situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu will benefit from 20,000 litres per day of freshwater produced from the seawater – thanks to the solar thermal Forward Osmosis (FO) sea-water desalination system installed in the place.

As per the official release by the ministry, the customized demand-driven convergent water solution through FO will supply two litres of good quality drinking water per person per day for 10,000 people in the village, successfully overcoming a major drinking water shortage in the village.

Why Chennai’s water crisis should worry you – India

Having gone without a single drop of rain for about 200 days at a stretch, Chennai finally got some rain on Thursday. But this is way too little, and way too late for a city experiencing its worst water crisis in 30 years, and headed to becoming a Zero City.

School bags have grown bigger as children carry more water bottles, and Tamil Nadu’s apple of the eye – the famed Information Technology Corridor – has been pushed to the brink.

Companies have started asking employees to work from home and bring their own water. Water is rationed in residential apartments and malls are asking their water-intensive outlets to either take a break or use the blue gold frugally.