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Truong Sa islanders get access to fresh water

Update: November, 21/2014 - 09:29
Song Tu Tay island. — Photo VNA

KHANH HOA (VNS) — Inhabitants of the island district of Song Tu Tay, off the coast of Khanh Hoa province, will have access to fresh water now that a solar energy-generated desalination system is complete, director of the HCM City-based Bach Khoa Solar Investment Company (Solar BK) Nguyen Minh Vu said yesterday.

The system will supply 15 m3 of fresh water for the island each day.

"It's a pilot project that will be expanded to other islands in the Truong Sa Archipelago. It is part of a clean energy project for the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands that also includes solar and wind energy systems," Vu explained. "The nano-technology Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems will provide drinkable clean water for daily use, while also generating solar and wind power."

Vu said the system would replace water from wells and tanks, which is often limited during the dry season from May to August.

Almost all the islands in the archipelago benefit from a recently developed hybrid power system that provides solar and wind power 24/7, replacing diesel generators, which provided power only for six hours.

Cham Island, off the coast of Hoi An city in central Quang Nam Province, recently piloted a solar-powered seawater filter system that provides fresh water to people on the island and islets. — VNS

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