The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Tuesday the restart of the water desalination plant in the flood-hit Derna after undergoing maintenance work.
For the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, groundwater is a hidden but significant problem, as many countries extract more than is being recharged1 and most lack solid legal frameworks and national water policy regulations to determine use.
As a result, there are questions and concerns about the current status of groundwater aquifers, especially with the increasing impact of climate change, as well as the type of sustainable alternative solutions that could assist in conserving them.
Va Tech Wabag is winning new markets in Africa. The Indian multinational has just signed contracts for the construction of drinking water production plants worth 100 million dollars in Switzerland, Libya and Tunisia.
In Libya, its subsidiary Wabag Austria has concluded an agreement with the General Desalination Company of Libya (GDCOL) for the construction of three seawater desalination plants in Bomba, in the east of the country.
Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations.
The town’s problems are nothing new. It has long been short of water. But since 2015 outdated and poorly maintained equipment has been threatening disaster. The steam desalination plant is currently working at only ten percent capacity. But now the boss of the water plant Fatalla Selim is warning that he is running out of chemicals needed to make water potable.
The company reported that it had equally shared its operational materials with the Tobruk desalination plant and sent the due quantities to Tobruk. The Tobruk plant has exhausted its operational materials and was on the cusp of shutting down completely, which would cause a humanitarian disaster in the eastern Libyan city.
The municipality said that the city is on the verge of a human disaster as water shortages continue to increase as the city’s water desalination stations has become useless and old because it needs too much renovation.