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Aqua Resources LSE:H2O London Ordinary Share GG00B39T7V85 ORD NPV
  Price Change Price Change % Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00 +0.00% 0.33 0.00 0.00 - - - 0 05:00:10
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Gas Water & Utilities 0.0 -1.5 -2.1 - 23.55

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Un-salting the Earth: Jerry Patterson’s Desalination Ambitions Texas is sitting on a massive amount of “brackish” water. Too salty to drink, but far less salty than ocean water. A lot of it is just sitting there, below our freshwater aquifers. And there’s enough of it to satisfy the current Texas population for a hundred and fifty years. But how do we get to it, and how much will it cost to do so? That question is now on the mind of the Texas General Land Office. Today Commissioner Jerry Patterson proposed building some smaller desalination projects in Central Texas to help meet water demand in the region. “Everyone says the state’s population is going to double by 2060,” Patterson tells StateImpact Texas. “And I guess you could say there’s enough water. But it’s not in the right place.” Patterson, who’s running for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, is looking at several sites that belong to the commission’s Permanent School Fund, all of them along the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. “Anything we do to produce water for Central Texas reduces the impact on the Highland Lakes,” Patterson says. “That’s not only good for the folks that live around the Highland Lakes, it’s also good for those downstream consumers.” Patterson says less water taken out of the lakes means more for rice farmers, bays and estuaries, utilities and the petro-chemical industry. But isn’t desalination expensive and energy-intensive? GRAPHIC BY GENERAL LAND OFFICE The desalination project would use brackish water deep underground and make it fresh. “Yeah, it is,” says Patterson. “It’s about twice as expensive as some of our more traditional ways to acquire water.” And while desalination and reverse osmosis filtration require a lot of power, he says that they’re looking at the potential to power the plants, perhaps just in part, using renewable energy like solar and wind. But Patterson thinks the investment would pay off, whether or not the money for the plants comes from the General Land Office or private investors. “The market is in play here,” he says. “We have the shortage of a commodity. We have increasing demand. Therefore the price of that commodity – what was thought to be expensive in the past, may look like a bargain in the future.” The proposal would be far from establishing the first desalination plant in the state, all of which are inland at the moment. There are dozens of desalination plants currently in Texas, and more on the way. And El Paso has the largest municipal desalination facility in the country, capable of processing over 27 million gallons of water a day. Patterson is quick to point out that he sees desalination as just one part of the solution to the state’s looming water crisis. He also advocates more conservation, accessing more groundwater supplies, and moving water from areas where it’s a surplus to where it’s needed most. The agency has hired two water engineering firms to analyze the land. Patterson says that if all goes well, they could be breaking ground on the first of the plants in eighteen months.
by freddie01 on *** WATER ***
Innovative aid, or how to get drinking water from a polluted stream From using sunlight to purify water, to foam houses that can withstand gales, new technologies are helping sharpen responses to humanitarian disasters around the world Adult Image Hosting In 1994, the Rwandan genocide triggered a huge influx of refugees into what was then eastern Zaire. Within 30 days, between 50,000 and 70,000 people – about 10% of the total refugee population – died of waterborne diseases, cholera and dysentery among them. Those deaths did not need to happen, says Nathan Jones, who works for Hydration Technology Innovations. What those refugees needed was reliable – and immediate – access to clean water, and Jones says his company has the technology that can deliver it. Their invention is called the HydroPack, and it has already been used in disaster situations across four continents. When empty, the 4in by 6in pouch looks like a paper-thin bit of plastic, but drop it into a water source – anything from a swimming pool to a rubbish-infested stream – and in eight to 12 hours you'll have 500 millilitres of water that is safe to drink. With its bright colouring and the little straw that comes attached, a swollen HydroPack looks surprisingly like a juice box, minus the glossy packaging. The HydroPack works by forward osmosis, the same process by which plant roots extract water from the ground, and the water that ends up inside exceeds the clean-water guidelines set out by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The packs are fortified with sugar and salt to aid absorption, as well as flavouring to increase the appeal. About 15,000 of the packs, which can be airdropped, were distributed in flood-ravaged western Kenya this year. They were also used in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010, as well as after the tsunami in Japan last year. "It's a real paradigm shift in how you approach that initial phase [of disaster relief]," says Jones, adding that aid agencies and NGOs have long relied on chemical tablets, or even flown-in bottled water, to provide safe drinking water in emergency situations. "Bottled water is frequently used, but it comes with a really heavy cost, both financial in terms of the transport of it, but environmentally as well." The HydroPack is just one of a number of new technologies that are helping the international community sharpen its response to humanitarian emergencies around the world. Jones and other innovators had the chance to sell their products to procurement experts during "pitch tank" sessions at the Aid & International Development Forum, which was held last week in Washington. The private sector is key to keeping aid agencies on their toes, says Maura O'Neill, the chief innovation officer at USAid. "Increasingly, we are co-creating solutions [with private companies] around a big, difficult development problem," she says. "A main part of their business objectives are overlapping increasingly with our development outcomes." Other innovations that got an airing include Puralytics, a technology that uses sunlight to purify water, and pop-up greenhouses from a company called Got Produce? Its 300 square metre greenhouses, which double as water purification systems, can produce fruit and vegetables in only 30 days, operating completely off the grid. Gigacrete, a Las Vegas-based company, makes easy-to-construct foam houses that can withstand winds of more than 300km/h, and the Leading Edge Group, which produces a brick-making machine that can churn out nearly a thousand blocks an hour, with clay-bearing dirt as the only input. Losberger, a German company, presented its hi-tech inflatable shelters that can be used to house hospitals in the field. USAid is hoping to promote more of these kinds of advances through its Development Innovation Ventures fund, a government programme that operates like a venture capital fund for new ideas in development. So far, says O'Neill of USAid, the programme has received more than 1,200 applications and funded two-dozen projects, with many more in the pipeline. Any group or individual can apply for a grant, she says, whether they're based in the US or overseas. The fund, which was launched in 2010 and is known as DIV, gave out its first grants last year. DIV divides its grantees into three stages: stage one projects are still in the proof-of-concept phase, and get up to $100,000; stage two projects are ready to scale up across an entire country, and receive up to $1m; while stage three projects are poised to have a multinational impact, and can get as much as $15m over several years. The programme aims to fund "solutions that are several times more cost effective than current practice", USAid says on its website, and it is looking for innovations that can quickly be brought to scale: "We recognise that development breakthroughs can come from anywhere – a lab in a university, a local person who has deep contextual knowledge, or a passionate entrepreneur. Perhaps it will come from you."
by freddie01 on *** WATER ***
New desalination approach addresses water reclamation challenges Adult Image Hosting It must be something in the water. Ask anyone in the resource industries and they will know exactly what that might be. Among the many water treatment challenges facing oil and gas, shale gas and mining operations, treating saline content in process water is an ongoing operational and fiscal headache. While conventional desalination processes are effective in removing salt, they are costly and energy-intensive, and deliver relatively low water recovery rates. In recent months, a number of eyes have been on Vancouver-based Saltworks Technologies Inc. as a potential answer to desalination challenges in the resource industries. The developer of sustainable solutions for desalination and brine treatment has come up with a unique system called the Salt-Maker that can run on low-grade waste heat (30º to 40ºC) generated by operational processes or on solar energy. This approach can effectively reduce energy consumption and costs by as much as 50 per cent and deliver a water recovery rate upwards of 90 per cent, according to Saltworks CEO Ben Sparrow. The innovation is capturing growing attention from major players. Last year, Calgary-based Cenovus announced a $2.5 million investment in the company as part of its Environmental Opportunity Fund (EOF). Saltworks also received an investment from Teck Resources Limited for an undisclosed amount. This year it was awarded a $1 million grant from the Province of British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. Desalination is definitely on the radar screen in Canada and beyond its borders. Global Water Intelligence reports that the water treatment equipment market in the U.S. will grow from $5.0 billion in 2010 to $9.9 billion in 2025 at an annual growth rate of 4.7 per cent. Within the oil, shale and gas sectors, the anticipated growth rate will exceed that to the tune of 10.5 per cent. Desalination technologies specifically will experience the fastest growth rate (20.4 per cent per year average). “Oil and gas, shale gas and mining all consume water in their processes,” Mr. Sparrow explains. “Those processes produce waste salt water that has to be treated. Regulations demand remediation of waste salt water so they can input fresh water back into processing.” While conventional reverse osmosis is considered a highly effective process for desalinating sea water, it simply isn’t a fit for industrial or resource operations, he adds. In addition, water recovery rates with reverse osmosis are well below the 90 per cent threshold demanded by regulators. “The chemistry in oil and gas and mining wastewater is much more complicated and costly to address,” Mr. Sparrow says. “The average cost of desalinating sea water for example is $1.50 per 1000 litres including the plant, energy consumption and operational costs. Once you move inland, it can cost up to $20 per 1000 litres.” “Saltworks is developing something that could potentially reduce the impact of what we do,” says Dave Hassan, director of environmental technology investments for Cenovus Energy in Calgary. “It has the potential to desalinate water using much less water than conventional technology.” Mr. Hassan notes that the increasing demand for water is driving demand for solutions to improve water reclamation and reuse in the oil sands, where SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage) operations draw 95 per cent of their process water from deep saline aquifers. But the implications of the solution extend beyond that. In fact, Saltworks’ low-grade waste heat approach shows definite promise for industry as a whole. “Other processes such as evaporator crystallization or reverse osmosis typically use five to 10 times more energy. It’s definitely something everyone in the industry can use,” says Mr. Hassan. John Thompson, vice president of technology and development for Teck Resources Ltd. in Vancouver says investing in innovation such as this is not about locking up a technology idea and keeping it to oneself. “Saltworks is working on a technology that may be broadly applicable and useful to a lot of people,” he says. “It has some innovative people doing great things. While the technology is yet to be proven, it potentially offers a very cost-effective way to treat salt water, which is something we are looking at for new operations in Chile for example.” Mr. Hassan also believes there’s a place for desalination outside the resource industries. “We saw this was a technology that could reduce fresh water use. If it can be developed globally and packaged appropriately, it could be rolled out as a potable water solution for a thirsty world.”
by freddie01 on *** WATER ***
Well, well, well - A TRADE. Someone bought 100k @ c29.9!
by skyship on Aqua Resources - H2O
Thanks Skyship.
by praipus on Aqua Resources - H2O
Hi P. - Ah, I bought in my SIPP (Sippdeal). I couldn't deal online, so left them a limit order @ c35 - which they completed on a Fill or Kill basis. I see someone paid the same c35 for 30k on Tuesday of this week.
by skyship on Aqua Resources - H2O
About Tapmagic * Tapmagic units convert the flow of water into a spray reducing the flow from a standard tap outlet to 2 litres per minute in the low flow mode. However, unlike other similar water saving devices, it also enables the user to receive a full flow of water as the tap is turned on further. * All Tapmagic products save water and the associated energy used to heat, clean and transport it. Southern Water has independently run tests demonstrating a 52% water saving in their offices when using Tapmagic. That is taken from an RNS announcement from Straight(STT) who recently bought TapMagic. I haven't included STT in the list in the header, because this water-related product is too small a part of what they do (business is mostly waterbutts, wheeliebins, kerbside crates, etc)
by m.t.glass on INVESTING in WATER
Serious retail order for HALO (from India) lifted its share price this morning.
by m.t.glass on INVESTING in WATER
sllab - no, not really. I came across them while assessing the portfolio of holdings held by Origo (OPP) in whom I have a stake.
by m.t.glass on INVESTING in WATER
Hi MT, do you know much about them?
by sllab101 on INVESTING in WATER
Hi MT, what you say is very true I think as we have seen many cases of people taking water from other peoples water main. I have a heat pump company and we have to get water readings from our punters before we size anything for them, last week we found that a golf club near Oxford is supplying half of a village with water without even knowing. The cost of there water every year is £1000s.N
by sllab101 on INVESTING in WATER
This is a current news story today - about theft of water from the mains, in Suffolk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-10753970 I mention it because I think there will come a day when water is so highly valued (and charged for accordingly) that security devices will need fitting to every farm tap, every external household and alotment tap. Is there any listed company specialising in water security devices?
by m.t.glass on INVESTING in WATER
Never mind, still think a bid will come above £4?
by sllab101 on INVESTING in WATER
No, I missed out on its recent rise.
by m.t.glass on INVESTING in WATER
Hi MT, nwg has started coming good for me, are you on this one? Best.N
by sllab101 on INVESTING in WATER
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