April's top stories: Upgraded NZ water treatment plant opens, ADF loan to Senegal

The $2.1m Eltham water treatment plant opens in New Zealand and the African Development Fund (ADF) approves a XOF18.74bn ($39.3m) loan and grant to finance Senegal's Water and Sanitation Sector Project (PSEA). Water Technology wraps up the key headlines from April.

New Zealand has opened the $2.1m Eltham water treatment plant and the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a XOF18.74bn ($39.3m) loan and grant to finance the Water and Sanitation Sector Project (PSEA) of Senegal. Water-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from April.

Upgraded water treatment plant opens in Eltham, New Zealand

Water treatment

The South Taranaki District Council announced the opening of the $2.1m Eltham water treatment plant with the installation of a clarifier as well as sophisticated chemical and control systems.

The work follows upgrades that were made to the Opunake and Rahoutu water treatment plants.

In the last five years, $4.85m has been spent improving Eltham's water supply. The existing reservoir was strengthened by building a new reservoir, and a new steel water main and other associated works were also completed.

ADF to finance Senegal water and sanitation project

The African Development Fund (ADF) approved a XOF18.74bn ($39.3m) loan and grant to finance the Water and Sanitation Sector Project (PSEA) of Senegal.

The project is expected to improve the drinking water supply and sanitation (DWSS) access rate and will reduce malaria and diarrhoeal diseases by half, while reducing health-related expenses.

Launched by Senegal in 2005 as part of the Millennium Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM), the project consists of a rural component which has been designed to improve access to drinking water supply and sanitation for residents in the Louga, Kaffrine and Tambacounda regions.

USDA to award funds for rural water projects

Water and wastewater

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will award nearly $387m to 116 water and wastewater projects to improve services for rural Americans and benefit the environment in 40 states as well as Puerto Rico.

Among projects to be funded this year is $2.1m for a new water treatment facility and two water supply wells in McCrory, Arkansas, as well as refurbishment of its two water storage tanks. Following the improvements, high manganese and iron levels in the water supply will be minimised to provide safe drinking water to McCrory's nearly 800 residents.

Paintsville, Kentucky will receive a $4.9m loan and $2.1m grant to rehabilitate its sanitary and stormwater sewer systems to serve nearly 2,300 residents and businesses, while protecting the ecosystems of nearby lakes and streams.

Pennsylvania to invest in drinking water and wastewater projects

Drinking water

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) announced an investment of $41.7m in 13 non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across 12 counties in the state.

The funding will be obtained from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from PENNVEST funding awards that were given earlier.

Of the investment planned, $32.9m will be for low-interest loans and $8.8m will be offered in the form of grants.

ECS to support Thames Water sewage treatment upgrade project

Thames Water selected engineering services provider ECS to provide access steelwork to support its £675m sewage treatment upgrade programme in the UK.

ECS Engineering Services will provide all of the access steelwork to support the development of new anaerobic digestion plants, which includes construction of new sludge blending tanks.

The project includes the £200m expansion of the Crossness sewage treatment works (STW) and the £190m expansion at Beckton STW, which is expected to be completed this year.

GE wastewater treatment technology selected for Canadian coal mine

GE's advanced biological metals removal process (ABMet) technology selected by Anglo American to remove nitrate and selenium from wastewater discharge at the Peace River coal trend mine in Canada.

New regulations prompted Anglo American to build the wastewater treatment plant for heavy metal removal. The plant is currently under construction, expected to enter commercial operation this summer.

When complete, it will be capable of treating 24l/sec of flow and meet targets to reduce nitrates from 85mg/l to 3 mg/l and selenium from 130µg/l to 5µg/l. The system is designed to achieve these limits at temperatures of 4.4°C and warmer, without the need for any post-treatment.

World Bank to provide Bulgaria with water and sanitation strategy

Water and sanitation

Bulgaria appointed the World Bank to advise the country on the implementation of its new water and sanitation strategy.

The strategy aims to enable affordable sustainable water supply and sanitation services to consumers.

The World Bank will strengthen the capacity of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission and will also support government compliance with EU urban wastewater regulations while avoiding excessive costs.

Mott MacDonald Group acquires AWT Water

Management, engineering and development consultant company Mott MacDonald acquired AWT Water, a water technology and consulting company based in New Zealand and Australia.

The acquisition of AWT Water is part of Mott MacDonald's business strategy to broaden its services in the Australasia region.

AWT Water is a technology and consulting company that provides services across the water sectors of collection, conveyance, treatment, reuse and residuals incorporating water, wastewater (industrial and municipal) and stormwater.