Tiny Utrik Atoll is part of the Marshall Islands, a scattered group of atolls in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. On Utrik and neighboring islands, rain catchment traditionally supplied all of the drinking water, while well water was used for washing. Over the past decade, however, rainfall has become unreliable, and during the dry seasons Utrik islanders were forced to drink well water with unsafe salinity levels.
RO desalination system provides reliable water supply for remote island
RO desalination systems provide sustainable water production for residents in remote regions
On Utrik, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, the region's first permanent solar- and wind-powered water desalination plant is staving off the effects of a yearlong region-wide drought.
In May 2010, Tom Vance of Moana Marine LLC installed two Spectra LB-1800 reverse osmosis (RO) desalination systems, which convert seawater into 3,600 gal per day of clean, fresh, U.S. EPA-approved drinking water. Without the water from the desalination systems, life would be impossible for Utrik's 485 residents.
ZeeWeed 1000 and 1500 pressurized and submerged UF membranes are designed for pretreatment of feedwater for seawater RO (SWRO) systems. The immersed design also aligns well with dissolved air flotation technology and directly couples to SWRO. The membranes offer a reduction in operating costs and a reduced footprint while improving performance through energy savings and increased SWRO membrane life.
Association awards the 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Leila Karimi
The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) has awarded the 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Leila Karimi, a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Chemical Engineering Department, New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Course to focus on improving sustainability by integrating hybrid technologies with renewable energy
The Intl. Water Summit (IWS) will host an The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) Desalination Academy course on "Integration of Hybrid Technologies with Renewable Energy to Improve the Sustainability of Water Desalination" and "Sustainable Operation with Advanced Membrane Filtration."
Awards were conferred at the conclusion of the 2013 IDA World Congress
The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced the recipients of its Best Papers Awards and the Emerging Leaders Achievement Award in Desalination and Water Reuse. The awards were conferred at the conclusion of the 2013 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, held Oct. 20 to 25 in Tianjin, China.
IDA presents awards at the World Congress 2013 in Tianjin, China
The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced the recipients of seven Presidential Awards at the IDA World Congress 2013 in Tianjin, China. In addition, IDA presented a special All Presidents Award to Patricia A. Burke, IDA’s secretary general.
The Presidential Awards are conferred upon individuals and organizations whose work on behalf of IDA and the desalination industry demonstrates outstanding achievement, leadership and vision. This year’s recipients are:
Dr. Jim Birkett recognized for his contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse
The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jim Birkett in recognition of his extensive contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse. The award was conferred at the IDA World Congress 2013 in Tianjin, China.
Plenary address focuses on the importance of sustainable water management in Saudi Arabia and China
The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) World Congress 2013 officially convened at the Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center in Tianjin, China, with an opening ceremony that featured dignitaries from around the world as well as the People’s Republic of China, and the traditional ribbon cutting and VIP exhibition walk-through.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh has been named president for the 2013-2015 term
Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, deputy governor for planning and development for Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) of Saudi Arabia, has been named president of the International Desalination Assn. (IDA) for the 2013-2015 term.
In addition, Emilio Gabbrielli, vice president business development for Toray Membrane, has been named first vice president, and Miguel Angel Sanz, director of development and innovation for Degrémont, has been named second vice president.