Israel quenches Marshall Islands thirst
Friday, May 01, 2015
Israel’s G.A.L. Water Technologies sends its new mobile water purification system to the parched Pacific island at the request of the Foreign Ministry.
For more than 20 years, Israel’s G.A.L. Water Technologies managed to stay under the radar as it quietly provided its water-treatment products on a humanitarian basis to African nations through Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Now the Caesarea-based company is in the spotlight as it sends its latest solution — a unique water-purification system loaded into a vehicle — to the Marshall Islands, which suffer a serious lack of drinking water despite being surrounded by the vast saltwater northern Pacific Ocean.
Israel has gained a worldwide reputation for sharing its advanced desalination and water-tech products. Just in the past year, the Israeli company IDE Technologies constructed a ship-based desalination operation in Japan. Therefore it was understandable that at a recent Samoan summit for heads of small developing island states, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak appealed to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi for assistance with the water shortage.
“In a few minutes you have enough fresh water for 6,500 people to drink, completely automatically, with no need for an engineer.”
In response, Hanegbi arranged for the island to receive a donation of the very first GalMobile, G.A.L. Deputy CEO Sigal Levi tells ISRAEL21c. “This new product, patented in 171 countries, is the first of its kind in the world,” she says.“In a few minutes you have enough fresh water for 6,500 people to drink, completely automatically, with no need for an engineer.”
G.A.L. will ship the self-contained purification system to the Marshall Islands along with a training team to show local operators how to connect it to a brackish water source to produce drinking water that meets World Health Organization standards. Two operators can deploy the system within half an hour.
The weather-resistant GalMobile is designed to produce drinking water from any contaminated water source up to 620 miles away.
The weather-resistant GalMobile is designed to produce drinking water from any contaminated water source up to 620 miles away. It is capable of operating for 60 hours before refueling from an independent energy source, and its integrated storage tank holds up to 2,650 gallons for distribution.
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Abigail Kleinm Leichman, ISRAEL21c
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