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Work starts on small desalination plant in south
Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 12, 2002 | DAVID RUDGE

Posted on 11/13/2002 6:11:42 AM PST by ckilmer

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Work starts on small desalination plant in south


Mekorot has started preparatory work for the establishment of a plant to desalinate 2.5 million cubic meters of brackish water a year from an underground reservoir at Granot near Kiryat Malachi in the South.

The water source has been out of use for several years because of high salinity levels due to a build-up of chlorides and nitrates.

The planned desalination unit will purify the water and the highly saline waste product will be pumped into a 25 kilometer-long pipeline from the site to a storage facility near Ashkelon and from there to the sea.

The NIS 10 million plant, being constructed on behalf of Mekorot by a consortium composed of a Spanish company and two Israeli firms, is one of several slated to be constructed along the length of the pipeline.

In this way, the pipeline will be used to dispose of the saline waste from the other proposed desalination units.

The Granot project is part of a series of small brackish and briny water desalination units which have been approved by the government to help boost drinking water sources to meet future needs.

The projects were given the go ahead in light of the severely depleted state of naturally-replenished fresh water sources - primarily Lake Kinneret and the Coastal and Mountain Aquifers.

Mekorot director-general Amos Epstein noted that work on a 3 million cubic meters a year production capacity plant at Ketziot, also in the South, is nearing completion and will soon go on line.

The Granot plant is expected to be completed by September 2003. It is being constructed under what is known as the Turnkey system, whereby Mekorot issues the tender and will take over running of the plant once it has been completed.

The same system is being used for the establishment of a 45 million cubic meter a year sea-water desalination plant at Ashdod, for which Mekorot is also responsible. This is slated for completion by the end of 2003.

Addittional sea-water desalination plants approved by the government at Ashkelon and other sites along the coast are to be constructed under a different system whereby the companies which win the tenders build and run the units and see the water produced to the government at a fixed price over an agreed number of years.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: desalination
Desalination costs about 600-700 dollars and acre foot.(This is about a third of the cost of water desalination of 10 years ago.) Water on the eastern seaboard of the USA runs about $30-50 an acre foot. On the day that countries with deserts bordering the sea can obtain fresh water for the same costs as countries with green forests--the world will change radically.
1 posted on 11/13/2002 6:11:42 AM PST by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer
On the day that countries with deserts bordering the sea can obtain fresh water for the same costs as countries with green forests--the world will change radically.

Maybe we'll have been to Mars by then.

2 posted on 11/13/2002 1:16:23 PM PST by Huck
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To: Huck
likely they'll get to Mars in the next 10-15 years. To get desalinised water to $30-50@acre foot from the current 600-700@acre foot at the current rate of fall--we're talking about 30 years. I'm arging that more money should be put into the effort to make the price of desalinized water fall faster.
3 posted on 11/13/2002 4:51:20 PM PST by ckilmer
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