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Greening the desert
Welcome to the latest issue of
Working with Water
. It’s around this time of yearthat water issues rise to the top of the news agenda. In the northern hemisphere,there are concerns about depleted reservoirs and water shortages – or, toomuch rain and the flooding that this causes. In the southern hemisphere thereare ongoing concerns for rainfall and getting the water supplies built up inanticipation of the summer.But there is a part of the world that has water issues year round – the MiddleEast. Essentially desert, the region has sufficient financial resources thanks to itsoil reserves to be able to pay for the latest water solutions in order to green theirdesert; witness the surge in desalination plants in the area, as well as conferencessharing and calling for expertise when it comes to matters of water. However,despite the ability to ‘throw money’ at the problem, the political instability inthe region, as well as international environmental concerns and the strugglingeconomy still mean that clean and plentiful water is not all easy.In this issue we examine some of the most common water infrastructure projectsgoing on in this area, thanks to an article by the McIlvaine Company. We alsotake a look at some of the larger projects going on in this region, including thePalm resort, in an article by Norrie Hunter. Over these two articles, we canexamine the issues, successes and challenges faced by the Middle East.Elsewhere in the issue, we include a show preview of WEFTEC, North America’slargest water event, which is being held in Orlando, Florida this year.
Working with Water
spoke to some of the exhibitors to see what is on offer. We also includearticles on improving river water quality; using sustainable drainage; and takea look at a case study featuring a sewage works that needed to avoid downtimeby minimising pump blockages. We also include a technical article by ThermoScientific on fast and accurate sampling.As usual, we hope you enjoy the issue and find it relevant to your day-to-daywork in the water industry. Our website, www.workingwithwater.net has regularnews updates and features that you can’t find in the magazine, and I hope thatyou find this useful too.Enjoy the issue, Nova