IDE Water Technologies signs agreement with MCGM to develop project for seawater desalination plant

The 200 MLD desalination plant, expandable to 400 MLD, will increase and diversify the drinking water sources of the city

IDE Water Technologies, has announced an agreement with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for preparation of a Detailed Project Report for a 200 MLD seawater desalination plant, expandable up to 400 MLD, after which bidding for the project development and operation on Swiss Challenge method will be taken up by MCGM with IDE having right of first refusal. The project will serve Mumbai’s municipal needs and increase the city metropolitan’s drinking water supply.

As one of India’s most populated city and one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world, Mumbai’s water supply requirement averages around 4.4 billion litres per day for domestic, commercial and industrial use, IDE revealed. The seawater desalination plant, to be constructed at Manori, will diversify Mumbai’s sources of drinking water and overcome challenging conditions to provide supply of water at a reduced cost yet environmentally sustainable.

I S Chahal, municipal commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, said: “We are thrilled to partner with IDE on this sustainable water initiative, bringing their industry-leading desalination technology to Mumbai metropolitan to benefit the millions of citizens and commercial businesses that rely on our water supply on a daily basis. This project will be able to support the increasing demand for drinking water while still preserving our environment.”

Alon Tavor, CEO at IDE Water Technologies, added: “IDE is excited for the opportunity to share our comprehensive expertise and knowledge in seawater desalination technology to benefit Mumbai metropolitan and its many water challenges. We at IDE see this collaboration as an opportunity to partner with MCGM to benefit Mumbai’s population, and continue to strengthen the long-lasting cooperation between India and Israel.”