As NDTV reported yesterday, India has transported 1,000 tonnes of fresh water to Malé, the capital and most populous city of the Maldives, which is currently suffering from a severe water shortage.
The tiny island nation urgently requested help after its single water desalination plant caught fire on December 4th. The water arrived via a fleet tanker and Indian Navy ships.
While it’s relieving to hear that the people of Malé won’t go thirsty, it’s worrying to see how much of an effort it is costing to get potable water to them – with fuel-greedy planes and tanker ships being deployed to ease the crisis.
Alexei Levene, Desolenator’s Rainmaker, believes a scenario like this demonstrates a pressing need for devices like Desolenator.
“The problem is that the Maldives, like many islands, has big issues with water,” he says. “If they do not have a sustainable local source they may either have to bring it by boat which is expensive and uses diesel – or they have to bring diesel by boat to power the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants, which is expensive and even more eco-unfriendly.
The Maldives needs to have water security from tapping its most abundant resource, the ocean, and that is where Desolenator can make a huge impact for the long term.”
In a part of the world where temperatures average 27°C in December, Desolenator could be ideal. It would allow families to have control over their own water supplies, and it’s environmentally-friendly. At the very least Desolenator is a low-cost, efficient alternative to enormous desalination plants – a malfunctioning of which, as the case of Malé proves, can have disastrous consequences.
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