Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Water Emergency - Solar Water Desalination Unit Preparation!
On most remote islands, over 90% of fresh drinking water comes from water catchment (rain flowing off the roof of homes, into gutters, and into water storage tanks). With the majority of the homes and roofs damaged or destroyed, islanders are currently forced to drink potentially contaminated drinking water from runoff ponds or pools. With the dry season quickly approaching (April through October) and without adequate water catchment and storage capacity, the risk of dehydration and waterborne illnesses on these remote islands will be very high.
To address that growing concern, Sea Mercy has currently secured and retrofitting 7 desalination units to run on Solar power. We will deliver them and additional storage tanks to the most at risk remote island communities at the earliest opportunity. Each unit can produce over 1,000 liters of clean drinking water a day, giving us the additional time needed to rebuild the water catchment capacity of each village.
Our thanks to Jess & Sam at Kaleva Yachts and their supporters for helping us meet this incredible need. We already have one unit heading out to Batiki on Shine and these units are going to make a massive difference.