November 2012, Vol. 24, No.11


Energy Recovery Inc. (San Leandro, Calif.), a global designer and developer of energy recovery devices for desalination and other industrial processes, announced that it was awarded a new contract to install its PX Pressure Exchanger energy recovery devices at a large-scale desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates. The Ghalilah plant will be built by Aquatech International Corp. (Canonsburg, Pa.), an engineering and procurement contractor, for the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA). The plant will have a total estimated capacity of 68,000 m3/d (18 mgd).  

The Ghalilah plant is Energy Recovery’s second megaproject in the United Arab Emirates. As a long-standing PX technology user for smaller plants, FEWA specified the solution for its first large-scale desalination facility. 

The Madison (Wis.) Water Utility selected MeterSense, a meter data management solution from Harris Utilities (Ottawa, Ontario), for its water data collection and analysis needs. The public water utility will use the software to support its new smart-metering initiative, cut costs, and augment customer service.  The utility will introduce the software in conjunction with advanced metering infrastructure from Itron (Liberty Lake, Wash.). 

The combined solution will form the backbone of the utility’s Project H2O, a program that aims to promote conservation, improve customer service, and gather and interpret usage data for enhanced system operation. 

“Our 67,000 meters serve approximately 250,000 residents, and we currently bill each customer twice annually — not often enough to initiate an effective regional conservation program,” said Robin Piper, customer service manager at Madison Water Utility. When the new system is fully implemented in 2013, she said “we will issue bills on a monthly basis and, through our MyWater website, display customers’ usage data on an hourly basis. We hope that change will help our customers better understand — and ultimately adapt — their consumption habits.” 

The Singapore Public Utilities Board and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise have partnered with CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) to provide to the Delhi Jal Board in India technical and management leadership services for direct nonpotable and indirect potable water recycle and reuse facilities. (The board is a government body that oversees water distribution in the Delhi, India, area.) 

The Delhi Jal Board program proposes to recycle 151,400 m3/d (40 mgd) and will provide an in-depth understanding of the benefits and challenges of integrated and holistic water management. It will also outline an implementation and operation plan for wastewater recycling- and reuse-related infrastructure projects, including delivering projects on a public–private partnership (PPP) basis. 

The Singapore Cooperation Enterprise will create a team of Singapore’s water experts from the Public Utilities Board, as well as from CH2M Hill. 

Under Phase 1, the team will develop a recycle and reuse strategic plan, feasibility study, and preliminary design, as well as a PPP framework for the Coronation Pillar Water Reclamation Plant. 

Singapore-based Temasek Foundation, a philanthropic organization aimed at developing a prosperous, stable, and connected Asia through developing human and social capital, is providing 70% of the funding needed for Phase 1. 

The population of Delhi, the capital of India, increased from 9.4 million in 1991 to 16.3 million in 2011, taxing existing water resources. With the population projected to be 23 million by 2021, the water scarcity scenario assumes grim proportions due to the limitation on water resources owing to various geographic and economic constraints.