Pall Mobile Water System Helps Alleviate Drought Crisis in Tuvalu

Posted: Monday 5th December 2011

A mobile water treatment system from Pall Corporation has been deployed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to drought-stricken Tuvalu, the Pacific island nation battling a crippling water shortage. Part of an international crisis response, the Pall WTS30 microfiltration (MF) and reverse osmosis (RO) system is providing 40,000 litres of fresh water per day for the island’s 10,500 residents. The system is owned and operated by the New Zealand military.

This is the second humanitarian deployment of Pall’s mobile water technology by the New Zealand military this year. In March, the NZDF utilized a Pall system to provide water relief for victims of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

Earlier this month, Tuvalu officials declared a state of emergency in the midst of prolonged drought worsened by rising sea levels, which have contaminated fresh water tables. The Pall mobile system transforms salt water into drinking water and is operating from the wharf at Funafuti, the capital city. It has helped deliver 2,000 litres per day to the area hospital, 1,000 litres to each of the three schools, and the remainder is being pumped to public works distribution points. A Pall Advanced Separation Systems (PASS) technician is on the ground in Tuvalu to assist in full commissioning and operation of the system.

“Pall is gratified to supply a solution that meets an emergency humanitarian need in Tuvalu. Our mobile water systems are increasingly being called upon to meet the demand for solutions that can be deployed rapidly to provide a clean water source where none existed previously or where existing sources have been compromised,” said Greg Collins, senior vice president, Pall Water and Energy. “Pall’s microfiltration and reverse osmosis technologies are ideal for both emergency relief and long-term installations.”

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