News | January 23, 2014

Spectra Watermakers Relieve Drought-Stricken Marshall Islands

Spectra's reverse osmosis desalination systems provide sustainable water production for residents in remote regions like Utrik

San Rafael, CA /PRNewswire/ - On Utrik, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, the region's first permanent solar and wind-powered water desalination plant is staving off the effects of a yearlong, region-wide drought.

In May 2010, Tom Vance of Moana Marine LLC installed two Spectra LB-1800 reverse osmosis desalination systems, which convert sea water into 3,600 gallons per day of clean, fresh, EPA-approved drinking water. Without the water from the desalination systems, life would be impossible for Utrik's 485 residents.

A typical desalinating plant of this size would be powered by a diesel generator, but outer island fuel prices have averaged eight to ten dollars per gallon, and this would mean $30,000 to $75,000 per year in fuel costs. The fuel expense with the Spectra units is zero, and the installation has paid for itself in fuel savings alone.

Local technicians, trained by Vance, maintain the installation: "The Utrik technicians are doing a great job," says Vance, "They value the water treatment facility and are devoted to the operation and maintenance of the machines."

Fuel prices are now soaring to $15 per gallon, and the supply is unreliable. The only way to assure consistent, affordable water on a remote island is with alternative energy and reverse osmosis desalination systems. Spectra uses proprietary energy-recovery pumps, making their systems the most energy-efficient in the industry, and therefore the best for solar and wind-powered installations.

With more drought and water crises predicted for the area, Utrik remains a model for drought preparedness and safe, sustainable water production in the Pacific Island region.

About Spectra Watermakers
Spectra Watermakers (San Rafael, California) is a longtime leader in energy-efficient, small scale (150 to 10,000 gallon per day) desalination systems with built-in energy recovery for marine and land applications. Spectra's land-based product line includes solar and wind-powered desalination units for military, disaster relief, village water supplies, small eco-resorts, and remote home applications. Spectra products are sold and serviced through a worldwide network of distributors.

SOURCE: Spectra Watermakers

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