January WaterWorks News: California supply, Pennsylvania American acquisitions, Australian water outlook and more

January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

The federal stimulus funding will help communities develop and implement an array of projects, ranging from collecting water quality data to improving stormwater management to analyzing opportunities for installing “green” infrastructure. The 11 awards were selected through a competitive process.

Texas, Oklahoma water war lawsuit dismissed
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit which aimed to send Oklahoma water to Texas.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton in the Western District of Oklahoma has granted a motion by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The Texas water district claimed Oklahoma’s water law was unconstitutional. It filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to allow it access to waters within Oklahoma’s borders.

“The judge said our statute does not violate the commerce or supremacy clauses of the U.S. Constitution regarding waters subject to the Red River Compact,” Edmondson said. “The judge agreed with our argument that our statute is constitutionally sound.”

The Texas water district could appeal the ruling.

Aquatech awarded thermal desalination, industrial water reuse projects in Egypt
Aquatech has been awarded a contract to design and supply a Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) seawater desalination system for the Abu Qir Thermal Power Plant in Egypt. The client, West Delta Electricity Production Company, and consultant, PGESCo, specified MED technology for uninterrupted water supply to boilers after carefully studying all available desalination technology options.

The Desalination Facility at Abu Qir comprises of two MED with Thermal Vapor Compression (MED-TVC) units, each with a capacity of 5,000 m3/day (net) and will supply 10,000 m3 of fresh water a day to the power station’s boilers and other users. Aquatech’s MED technology has been developed and improved over decades of in-house research and onsite experience worldwide and will provide an environmentally friendly solution keeping in mind a reduced carbon footprint.

Aquatech’s scope includes design, equipment supply, testing, and commissioning of two MED units complete with accessories to produce distilled water within a challenging schedule as demanded by the project. The plant will be located near Alexandria, will use seawater from the Mediterranean Sea to produce pure water with less than 5 mg/l total dissolved solids, and will use plant steam to provide energy to operate the desalination units.