At the beginning of February REvivED water was in Tanzania to complete the installation of two of the latest models of its small, solar-powered desalination systems for rural areas. Florian Martini, from project partner Phaesun, coordinated closely with both local leaders and village inhabitants to familiarise them with the operation and upkeep of these units.
The ground water in these rural areas contains a high salt content which causes health issues among those whom nevertheless must rely on it as their primary source of drinking water. The electrodialysis technology used by REvivED water systems converts this to fresh water without removing an excess of the natural important minerals our bodies require. Furthermore, the remote-capable monitoring and low operating costs of these solar-powered units makes them ideal for areas where access to power grids or heavy machinery is unreliable.
REvivED water desalination units are remotely monitored and troubleshooting and system adjustments can be made from the Phaesun offices in Germany. Additionally, during each installation, REvivED water provides training to local operators to ensure that the systems can also be operated and maintained long after the project’s conclusion. Furthermore, REvivED water has committed to setting aside a set spare parts for each installation that will continue to be available beyond the life of the project.
While the REvivED water project will conclude in April 2020, these installations show the potential of desalination units such as these to be a solution for those in need of better access to safe water.