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