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This Week in Utilities: Water Policies, Desalination Plants, and Multitasking

August 15, 2016
By Simon De Brito
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This Week in Utilities: Water Policies, Desalination Plants, and Multitasking

1. California Water Policy - For The Better?

Let’s start this week’s series of articles with this very interesting interview of Kirsten James, the Senior Manager for California Policy and Partnerships at Ceres. She paints an informative portrait of the drought situation in California and draws a parallel with similar challenges faced around the globe. As the leader of strategy and policy objectives around the California Water Campaign, Connect the Drops, she is well-versed in the problems and solutions faced by the Water Industry in the region. According to her, the four biggest barriers to sustainable management water in California are the following:

  • Lack of data for making sound water management decisions
  • Improper management of the state’s vast groundwater reserves
  • Water is undervalued
  • Lack of financing for the creation of resilient water infrastructure

The solutions she offers are also quite interesting and it makes for an article worth your time this week. Read More.

2. Israel, the Water Superpower


As I mentioned earlier, California is not the only region in the world facing water challenges. We regularly hear reports of the water crisis in Brazil, India, and South Africa, but there are also a few countries that completely turned the situation around. That is the case in Australia, but also particularly in Israel, who came back from one of the worst droughts in the region in over 900 years to create more fresh water today than it needs.

This turnaround was essentially possible because of the construction of highly efficient desalination plants. The Sorek Desalination Plant is the most important of them. Not only is it the largest reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination plant in the world, but it is also described as the cheapest desalination plant ever built.

The exceptional results of Israel in water distribution are inspiring in light of the challenges faced here in America, and could become a long-term solution to the droughts around the country. This is what San Diego officials must have thought when they granted the construction of the Carlsbad Desalination Plant – built by a subsidiary of the Israeli firm – to become the largest desalination facility in North America.Read More.


3. Making the Most of Wastewater

Recycled water can be seen cooling exhaust steam at the Delta Energy Center (Calpine, Pittsburg) situated next to Delta Diablo in Antioch, California

Let’s finish this week series with a Success Story on Wastewater management.

Delta Diablo, a wastewater recovery center in California, turns 12 million gallons a day of wastewater into a variety of reusable elements. The state-of-the-art facility is bringing smart ideas to the Industry in term of water management but also energy consumption, solids treatment, and leadership. Read More.


About Author

Simon previously supported Marketing Operations at ABIS, Inc. We are making businesses smarter by automating their processes to gain productivity, increase margins and generate more profits.


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