Israeli tech to curb US water crisis

Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 by Webmaster

Israeli tech to curb US water crisis
An Israeli technology is about to address America's growing water crisis. IDE Technologies  – a pioneer and world leader in water technologies – won a contract to design and supply equipment for a new nearly $1 billion desalination plant to be located near the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, California.

The facility, which is expected to begin operations in 2016, will produce 54 million gallons (204,412 cubic meters) of potable water each day.

"The Carlsbad Desalination Project is a significant milestone for us, California and the US at large, as we believe it will set the stage for the future of desalination in America," says Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE Technologies.

"Israel has [always] had to deal with water problems. In the US, most places have plenty of water. The whole concept of desalination is kind of new there," says Felber.

"There's a whole list of Israeli groups including IDE that lead various aspects of the world water industry. We bring solutions that are innovative and different," says Felber of Israel's international reputation as a center of world-class expertise in the field.

The latest $922 million project will help the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) alleviate its water shortage problem and achieve its goal of having seven percent of the region's water supply come from seawater desalination by 2020. The treated water will be delivered into the county's water system.

The Carlsbad Desalination Project will be designed by IDE subsidiary IDE Americas, and administered by Poseidon Resources, a subsidiary of Poseidon Water. In addition to the $150 million design contract, IDE Technologies will receive a further $500 million for operating and maintaining the plant under a 30-year contract.

Felber says IDE has plans for other desalination plants in US states facing water crises, such as Texas, Florida and Nevada.

"Our view is that the Carlsbad project that we're about to embark upon will accelerate both the visibility of desalination in North America and the ability of potential clients, both public and private, to understand how creative project delivery, creative finance and innovative process design allow these types of projects to happen. The movement in the US toward desalination has been a long time coming, and we're ready to lead the charge," said Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas.

(communicated by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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