Water > Desalination

Why we need to use water desalination plants early

27 March, 2019 by Nathan Taylor, Professor Andrew Western and Professor John Langford, University of Melbourne

The long dry has left Melbourne’s water supplies at their lowest levels since 2011, at less than 55 per cent capacity.

Upcycling desalination waste

20 February, 2019 by David L Chandler, MIT

Engineers at MIT have developed a new desalination approach that can convert concentrated brine waste into a useful chemical resource.

Major desalination study finds minimal marine impact

20 September, 2018

The six-year study looked at the effects on marine invertebrate recruitment of the pumping and 'diffusing' of high-concentration salt water back into the ocean.

Self-desalinating sea water takes the pressure off industry

06 June, 2018

A newly developed 'self-desalination' concept uses pressure generated by highly concentrated salt brine as the energy source to desalinate the less salty sea water.

Desalination to the rescue

23 January, 2018 by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman

The world has very little fresh water and it is running out. At tens of billions of tonnes yearly, the fresh water of the ice caps is falling into the salty sea, which is already 97% of the world's water.

Perth desal plant recognised for infrastructure excellence

13 April, 2017

At the 2017 National Infrastructure Awards, utility company SUEZ received the Operator & Service Provider Excellence Award for its work with Water Corporation at the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant (PSDP).

Desalinated water starts flowing in Victoria

20 March, 2017

The first water from the Victorian Desalination Plant, located in the seaside town of Wonthaggi, has begun to flow into the Cardinia Reservoir.

Evoqua electrochlorination systems for Australia's navy

04 August, 2016

Evoqua Water Technologies has been selected to design and deliver technology that prevents marine growth in seawater cooling systems on eight Royal Australian Navy ANZAC Class frigates.

Desalinated water delivery for Ballarat

09 March, 2016

The Victorian Government has acted to secure Ballarat's water supply by placing an order of 50 GL of desalinated water for delivery next summer. The order comes in the wake of a steady decline in water storages for the past two years.

Desaln8 In Situ Desalination technology

02 December, 2015

ISD is a low-power desalination solution that solves the waste issue at the point of source. The chemical-free technology is said to be cheaper to run than traditional desalination systems.

Commercial solar desalination plant for California

17 July, 2015

HydroRevolution has announced plans to build a commercial solar desalination plant in the Panoche Water and Drainage District in California's Central Valley — said to be the first of its kind in the region.

Crowdsourced power helps water-quality research

07 July, 2015

Crowdsourced computing power from 150,000 volunteers worldwide has helped a research team discover a new method of improving water filtration systems and water quality. Ultimately, this could help design carbon nanotube-based membranes for water filtration with reduced energy consumption.

Funding boost for clean desalination and irrigation system

19 February, 2015

An alternative water desalination and irrigation system, based on clean thermal energy, has received a $132,000 grant from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

Flemington desalination project wins international award

10 September, 2014

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has undertaken a desalination project at Flemington Racecourse, turning brackish bore water into clean water suitable for the course's roses.

New desalination method for irrigation

23 June, 2014

Researchers from the UTS Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater have developed a new way of desalinating water for irrigation. The process, designed by Dr Hokyong Shon and his colleagues, is called fertiliser-drawn forward osmosis (FDFO).

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