The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) has signed an agreement with J.F. Shea Construction for the construction of a $110m water treatment plant. This plant will enable WRD to develop sustainable groundwater basins in California. WRD board of directors president Willard H. Murray, Jr said: „This is an exciting day. The Los Angeles region has a long and sometimes colorful history of importing water to quench our thirst. „With this project WRD will be turning a corner in our water history. WRD’s future will be built on water recycling, drought-proofing our water supplies and ending our reliance on imported water. All these new developments will be great for rate-payers and for the environment.
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) in the US has secured approvals to proceed with its plans to construct a $110m water recycling facility on a 5.2-acre parcel in the northeast part of the city adjacent to the San Gabriel River channel. Following the approval by Pico Rivera city officials, construction of the, 25,000ft² plant is expected to begin later this year.
Westlands Water District in California has agreed to settle an almost ten year long dispute in a tentative deal with the US government by cleaning up contaminated water in the fertile Central Valley. The district and the US Department of Justice have approved the settlement, which can save the federal government around $3.5bn, after it receives final approval from the Congress. Under the terms of the settlement, Westlands Water District will be responsible for cleaning the salt-tainted water that has accumulated in soil from years of irrigation.
Water Research Foundation (WRF) have completed a study, titled Institutional Issues for One Water Management (Project #4487), which was conducted in coordination with Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and Water Research Australia. The study was aimed at developing an integrated approach for water management in order to address multiple issues faced by the institutions or utilities responsible for management and supply of water. The project scanned through a collection of case studies in order to spot the transitional challenges faced by others and devised ways to navigate through those challenges and move on to actionable next steps.
US city Seattle has announced a $600m plan which is aimed at preventing untreated wastewater discharges and polluted runoffs into the regional creeks, lakes, the Duwamish river and the Puget Sound. Under the proposed 15 year plan, a Seattle utility will construct a 2.7-mile combined sewer overflow storage system in the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Planned to be built few miles from the planned $3.1bn Seattle roadway, the construction is expected to cost around $374m, reports Reuters.
Seattle Public Utilities spokesman Andy Ryan was quoted by the news agency as saying: „The plan would also keep millions of gallons of storm runoff out of public waterways, reducing threats to human and aquatic health and the region’s quality of life.”
Spain-based Abengoa has inaugurated the Accra Sea Water desalination plant in Accra, Ghana, a first for the African country. The facility, which has been treating water for the past two months, is also the first desalination facility in West Africa region. The plant has a daily capacity to deliver nearly 60,000m3 of fresh water, which is sufficient for 500,000 local residents. Treated water from the facility is being purchased by Ghana Water Company in accordance with a 25-year build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model which aims at distributing potable water to households and businesses. The project, which has been scheduled to operate for 25 years, is expected to offer nearly 400 direct and indirect job opportunities and bears a revenue forecast of around $1,300m.
According to a study by Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) , one in every three people across globe will be exposed to high risk of water pollution in 2050, due to increasing levels of nitrogen and phosphorous. One of five people will face the water pollution risk from increased biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), the report predicted. „The evidence of drought in the United States and in many parts of the world – lack of rain or snowfall, drying rivers and lakes, water shortages, and water restrictions – is real enough. Declining water conditions are likely to affect human health, economic development and several aquatic ecosystems in both developed and developing economies, the research revealed.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) will receive $35m more funds from Coca-Cola International, which will be used to expand its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). This is the second investment under the programme to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for four million more people by 2020. The first investment for RAIN was $30m which aimed to provide safe water access to two million people across the African continent within 2015.
China is to announce an action plan later this month to address water pollution and save its depleting freshwater resources. The long-awaited plan, which is expected to be approved by the Chinese cabinet in April, will allow the regulators to hold responsible authorities and those who are contaminating the potable water resources.
The European Commission has decided to refer the UK to EU Court of Justice for its failure to ensure proper treatment of urban wastewater in 17 of its agglomerations. According to the charges, the EU member country has failed to ensure adequate treatment of urban wastewater in these towns. The stringent EU standards for untreated waters are applicable for its member states, in order to help them avoid the risks to human health, inland waters and marine environment.