Port Washington-based Pall Corp. says the New Zealand Defence Force used a Pall mobile water treatment system to turn seawater into drinking water in the island nation’s communities damaged in a Feb. 22 earthquake.
The filtration equipment, previously bought for use aboard the New Zealand Navy’s ships, was deployed as part of the government’s aid to residents of Brighton, Lyttleton and Christchurch after the quake disabled water systems, Pall said in a Friday news release.
The Pall equipment is the WTS40 system, which produced more than 10,000 gallons of water a day. This is the first time the equipment has been used on land, Pall said.
“The WTS40 system is capable of producing drinking water from almost any raw water source within hours after delivery ... using state-of-the-art hollow fiber and reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technologies,” Pall said.
The system removes salt, bacteria, cysts and particles with little need for maintenance or supervision.