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Britain unveils desalination plant for London reservoirs

first_img More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/ Explore further Citation: Britain unveils desalination plant for London reservoirs (2011, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-britain-unveils-desalination-london-reservoirs.html Reverse osmosis water purification is a filtration process whereby brackish water is pressurized in a tank which pushes it through a thin membrane, allowing only the pure water to emerge out the other side. Because of the extra energy needed for pressurization, reverse osmosis generally costs up to twice as much as regular purification processes, which in turn causes taxpayers, especially in such a wet climate as Britain, to wonder about the wisdom of installing such a plant.But Thames Water, the company in charge of supplying drinking water to London, believes such a plant will be necessary in the future, citing the water restrictions put in place during the last extended drought in 2005/06, which was a catalyst for the construction of the plant. Critics have been quick to point out, however, that had the water company fixed its leaking pipes, some of the worst in the world, there would not have been a need for a new plant at all.Construction of the plant was finished in June of last year, but it wasn’t until just last month that the plant began actively pumping clean water into nearby reservoirs, albeit at only one sixth capacity. Simon Evans, spokesman for Thames Water, claims they are only doing so to test the system and train workers. The idea after all, is to fill the reservoirs if they fall low due to lack of rainfall, which coincidently or not, is exactly what Britain has been experiencing this spring.It’s likely the construction of the plant will cause other metropolitan areas to take notice as city planners the world over fall victim to criticism from thirsty city dwellers who suddenly find themselves at the mercy of varying weather patterns. Traditionally reverse osmosis plants have been built for areas with few other options, such as those in the Middle East; with this new plant in London, however, that could change. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Britain has brought online a new desalination plant near London capable of providing the city with 150 million gallons (568 million litres) of water per day, should the need arise. At a cost of £270 ($445) million, and built over the past four years, the plant uses reverse osmosis to remove salt from the brackish water pumped in from the Thames Estuary, which it then pumps into local reservoirs, thus staving off the threat of drought. Controversy surrounds British water plant Aerial view of Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lynched man identified one held hunt on to nab others

first_imgKolkata: The man, who was allegedly beaten to death on Wednesday at Muraripukur in Manikatala, has been identified as Ratan Karmakar of Adi Saptagram in Hooghly and one person was arrested on Thursday in this connection.According to sources, Karmakar frequently visited Hari Saha haat near Gouribari to buy clothes for his business of garments. It was alleged that he has been arrested for theft earlier. However, it is not clear whether he stole anything from the market on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKarmakar lived near the club where he was found dead as it helped to run his business. His wife died a few weeks ago at Adi Saptagram. His two daughters are married and the younger one lives at his house in Hooghly. Though local residents of Muraripikur know him as “chor Ratan” but his neighbours in Adi Saptagram said Karmakar was a good human being. He was allegedly dragged inside a local club and was beaten up badly till he died. Cricket bats, wickets and bamboo sticks were used to attack him. When he fell unconscious, the attackers left the club. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to local residents, the room that was being used as a club was actually an abandoned pump house room of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. As it was an abandoned place local youths had started using it as a club. It is alleged after it gets dark, people drink and indulge in anti-social activities here. Cops from Maniktala police station detained three youths on Wednesday night. Out of them, one identified as Tapas Saha, has been arrested. A few more accused are absconding and the police are trying to nab them. Searches are on in possible hideouts. Also, on Thursday, a team from state Forensic Science Laboratory collected samples from the spot. Bamboo sticks, cricket bat and wickets were seized and sent for examination. On Thursday, after autopsy, doctors said several injuries were found on Karmakar’s head and legs. He could have died due to internal hemorrhage.last_img read more

More room nights higher commission with new Solmar Agent Expert platform

center_img Share Tuesday, June 26, 2018 TORONTO — The launch of Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ new Solmar Agent Expert platform comes with ramped up commission levels per number of nights booked as well as a free three-night stay incentive at a Solmar property.The Mexico hotel company, with seven all-suite properties in Los Cabos, says Solmar Agent Expert was developed with travel agents in mind “to provide a seamless management process for client reservations”.The program allows agents to book hotel and air or hotel-only options, track and manage client reservation details and track performance with a full online reporting dashboard.To register agents are asked to provide their name, address, and IATA number via the official Solmar Agent Expert website.When booking 1-29 room nights, agents earn 10% commission. With 30-59 room nights, agents earn 15% commission. And with 60-90+ room nights agents earn 18% commission plus they get a certificate for a three-night stay at a Solmar Hotels & Resorts property.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesSolmar’s newest resort, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, made its debut in February. The new resort is part of the first phase of Rancho San Lucas, an 834-acre resort community.Resort amenities include two adults-only infinity pools and one kids pool with a mini waterpark, fitness centre, health clinic and more. There’s also a signature spa offering a menu of healing massages and body therapies.Solmar also recently introduced the option of all-inclusive rates at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa.For details, see solmar.com/travel-agents.aspx.last_img read more