Over the past few years, global climatic changes have significantly impacted the quantity and quality of the water sources. This trend, together with a steady increase in the global population, have made the use of desalination technology more relevant than ever. By using desalination, it is possible to convert inexhaustible reserves of saline sea water into potable water, and effluent into unlimited agricultural irrigation water.
EMS Mekorot Projects designs, builds and supplies water desalination plants, using the reverse osmosis (RO) process.
Over the past few years, the Company worked to expand the Granot desalination plant, in order to facilitate the utilization of the brackish groundwater in the eastern part of the coastal aquifer, in order to stream the water to the national agricultural irrigation system and, in parallel, to restore the coastal aquifer and prevent it from becoming brackish. The facility has ben expanded in stages: during stage 2, the second 10,000 cu. m. per day capacity desalination unit was put into operation and during stage 3, two additional desalination units were opened, and together they generate 20,000 cu. m. per day.
EMS’s extensive experience in building desalination plants allows it maximum flexibility in adapting the facility to the unique needs of the customer and to relevant environmental conditions. These facilities are operated automatically by a control system, which leads to a savings in manpower, operations and maintenance expenditure. The quality of the desalinated water is measured by means of advanced and sophisticated instrumentation based on sensors, in order to ensure compliance with stringent international quality standards requirements.
Recently, the Greek Government approached the Israeli Government for assistance in finding a solution to the water shortage on a number of Greek islands where many tourists vacation during the summer season. Because of the availability of seawater surrounding the islands, the optimal solution to such a shortage is desalination.
Such small desalination plants have been designed and installed by EMS in the Israel’s Arava region, supplying 3 to 15 cu. m. per hour.
Mobile Desalination Systems
In addition to stationary desalination facilities, EMS designs and manufactures compact, mobile desalination facilities, designated for remote and isolated sites. These systems are automatically operated, environmentally friendly and may be operated anywhere by connecting the machine to a water source (borehole or surface reservoir) using the plug-in method. Such facilities are suitable for remote construction sites or isolated settlements in times of emergency.