Worldbriefs: Nov. 12, 2009

A periodic round-up of wate industry news from around the world...

A periodic round-up of water-industry news from around the world:
MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 12, 2009 -- Queensland's government will be forced to fast-track planning and construction of two desalination plants by 2017-2018 after the federal government blocked the AUD1.8 billion (US$1.7 billion) Traveston Crossing Dam...
NEW DELHI, India, Nov. 12, 2009 -- Subhash Projects & Marketing said it has bagged two orders from Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board and from Delhi Jal Board worth a combined INR 2.78 billion (US$59.6 million)...
NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 11, 2009 -- Special event of the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations General Assembly explores how to achieve solutions to challenges to sustainable management of water resources. Presentations and webcast of panel discussion available online...
LONDON, UK, Nov. 11, 2009 -- The Politician of the Year 2005, Peter Ainsworth MP, has now added CIWEM's Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award to his collection of accolades...
WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 11, 2009 -- A new paper analyzes alternative water futures using a combined green and blue water accounting framework embedded within the water simulation components of IFPRI's International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT)...
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Nov. 11, 2009 -- Fifteen water treatment plants are required as a minimum to start to mitigate the environmental damage done to the water of the lake. The Spanish Govt. will donate US$29.5 million for water related issues in Guatemala, half of which will be used for Lake Atitlan...
MUMBAI, India, Nov. 10, 2009 -- Frost & Sullivan conferred its 2009 Brand Development Strategy Leadership Award in the Indian Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market upon Doshion Ltd. Operating in India since 1977, it formed a joint venture company last year with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. And, in 2007, it won India's Bharti Entrepreneur of the Year Award...
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, Staffordshire, UK, Nov. 10, 2009 -- Following its official launch last week, the Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) will acquire the Geotechnical & Testing Services Division (GTS) of Bureau Veritas UK Holdings Ltd, one of the UK's largest integrated providers of testing services with nine locations across England and Scotland...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 10, 2009 -- The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority plans to install two water pipelines stretching 33km along the new Jebel Ali-Al Hibab road at a cost of AED 194 million (US$52.8 million)...
BOSTON, MA, Nov. 10, 2009 -- Modern agriculture accounts for 86% of the world's water consumption. However, in regions where crops and livestock are actually cultivated, the rate of consumption often outstrips what local water sources can provide. Left unchecked, today's agricultural practices and policies could be sowing the seeds for a global food shortage by 2050, according to a new report by Lux Research...
DUBAI, UAE, Nov. 10, 2009 -- As the Middle East grapples with growing demand for sustainable supplies of clean water, water reuse and desalination have become an increasingly critical strategy, according to GE which is showcasing it's water reuse and desalination technologies at the IDA World Congress this week...
Nov. 10, 2009 -- Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has been awarded a major contract by the 4D consortium for Southern Water's Peacehaven WwTW. Valued at more than £10 million, the work includes pretreatment by fat, oil, grit and grease removal, primary treatment by Multiflo lamella clarifiers and Biostyr biological aerated filter for combined secondary treatment...
DUDLEY, UK, Nov. 10, 2009 -- A new environmental management company is on a mission to help Midlands companies become some of the cleanest and greenest in the country. But DSS Environmental managing director Darren Shepherd believes many firms aren't aware of their legal obligations in this respect -- or the size of penalties for non-compliance...
SLOUGH, UK, Nov. 10, 2009 -- UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has appointed Halim Mirza as its new Global Business Manager for industrial markets such as food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical and microelectronics manufacturing...
DUBAI, UAE, Nov. 8, 2009 -- Saudi Arabia announced at the IDA World Congress that it's setting up a mega water desalination and power generation plant, for which it has already completed the bidding process. The annual capacity of the desalination plant will be one million cubic metres...
SEOUL, Korea, Nov. 8, 2009 -- The Ministry of Environment announced it has wrapped up discussions on the environmental assessment of the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project with the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs. But some experts say 4-month-long assessment doesn't factor in damage from construction of the 16 weirs scheduled for construction...
BEAVERTON, OR, Nov. 5, 2009 -- GillTrading.com Inc. proudly announces the contract to work with Eimco to provide Doha, Qatar North Sewage Treatment Works with 12 WeirWasher Automated Cleaning Systems...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 5, 2009 -- Johannesburg Water showed off a newly constructed ZAR 267 million (US$34.5 million) water purification unit yesterday to reduce raw sewerage spilled into rivers...
WONTHAGGI, Victoria, Australia, Nov. 4, 2009 -- AquaSure, a consortium that includes Suez Environnement Co., Thiess Pty. and Macquarie Group Ltd. which is building Australia's biggest water desalination plant, agreed to a AUD1.7 billion (US$1.5 billion) loan to help fund the project...
SINGAPORE, Nov. 3, 2009 -- United Envirotech Ltd. announced it secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build one of China's largest municipal Membrane Bioreactor plants in Guangzhou City with a contract worth RMB264 million (US$38.7 million)...
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