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Caribbean Island of Eleuthera to Increase Supply of Drinking Water with GE's Desalination Technology

Posted: Thursday 6th July 2017

Despite being surrounded by water in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean island of Eleuthera has experienced challenges with the supply of fresh, potable water. To help improve water quality and reliability of potable water, GE is providing Water and Sewerage Corporation Bahamas with a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant.

Under the terms of the 15-year outsourcing service agreement, GE Water & Process Technologies will build, own and operate (BOO) a SWRO desalination plant that will supply North Eleuthera with 600,000 imperial gallons per day of clean drinking water. The new facility will be GE's fourth BOO desalination plant on the island, which is located about 80 kilometers east of Nassau in the Bahamas.

"We are committed to providing a reliable, accessible, affordable and safe water supply to all Bahamians. This latest seawater desalination plant in Eleuthera, the fourth by GE on the island, will bring much needed freshwater to our residents," said Cyprian Gibson, assistant general manager Family Islands, Water and Sewerage Corporation Bahamas.

The new plant is expected to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2018. It is located in North Eleuthera and will serve approximately 7,500 residents.

2GE's build, own, operate water treatment solutions provide fresh, potable water with little to no capital expenditure for our customers. We handle the entire process from equipment installation to startup to operations as well as maintenance, repair and troubleshooting," said Kevin Cassidy, global leader, engineered systemsGE Water & Process Technologies. "GE's outsourcing capabilities are ideal for islands that need seawater desalination for freshwater, and we have worked extensively with Water and Sewerage Corporation Bahamas on many projects to successfully bring clean water to Eleuthera."

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