Second Desalination Project Operational in Marshall Islands

Two Spectra LB-2800 reverse osmosis desalination systems can convert seawater into more than 5,600 gallons per day of clean, fresh, EPA-approved drinking water, Spectra Watermakers announced.

Spectra Watermakers (San Rafael, CA), which makes energy-efficient, small-scale (150 to 10,000 gallon per day) desalination systems, announced that a second solar- and wind-powered water desalination plant is now operational on Kili, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, following a similar plant's installation earlier this year on Utrik, 400 miles to the north.

The region has suffered a drought for several years, Spectra reported.

On Kili, Tom Vance of Moana Marine LLC installed two Spectra LB-2800 reverse osmosis desalination systems, which can convert seawater into more than 5,600 gallons per day of clean, fresh, EPA-approved drinking water. Before the installation, Kili's 1,200 residents suffered not only from drought, but from polluted groundwater that they had to boil before drinking.

While a typical desalinating plant of this size would be powered by a diesel generator, these systems rely entirely on wind and solar power.

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