Palau Solar Powered Desalinization Plant Set To Open

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Peleliu facility to solve brackish, unhealthy water supply problem

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, March 17, 2014) – The formal opening of the new desalination plant for Peleliu State was reset to next Tuesday, March 25.

The new facility was supposed to be opened on Monday, March 17. The reason for the rescheduling is for everybody involved in the project to be present for the occasion.

Expected to attend the ceremony are top government officials, including President Remengesau, senators, delegates, and others.

The project involved the use of reserve osmosis technology to improve water quality and the use of solar energy to power the plant.

The opening of the desalination plant will be a milestone for Peleliu. People from the island state have suffered for years from brackish and inadequate supply of healthy potable water.

The project is funded by the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Secretariat.

Aside from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Nauru also received funding for solar or desalination projects in their respective countries.

The funds are part of a pledge by the government of Japan to Pacific island countries during the PALM 5 summit in Hokkaido in 2009.

A desalination plant utilizes several processes to remove some amount of salt and other minerals from saline water.

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