|Powertrin makes water drinkable |
Friday, July 5 2013
Local company Powertrin is using solar and wind power to make any type of water drinkable.
The Trunz solar or wind-powered water purification system can make drinking water available on the spot, according to Umar Khan, Powertrin’s executive director.
“Clean drinking water is everyone’s business simply because of the lack of awareness for clean water and health. Trunz water system delivers clean drinking water anywhere at anytime,” Khan said on Wednesday, when Powertrin demonstrated the water treatment system at Chaguaramas Boardwalk, Williams Bay.
The launch was done in collaboration with the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA).
The demonstration converted the sea water from Williams Bay into drinkable water. The audience was able to sip on desalinated water. Though some thought it was good, they admitted they never drank desalinated water before, and did not know how to compare the sample.
However, a member of the CDA, who did not give his name, told Newsday the water was very good for desalinated water. He has tasted desalinated sea water before, and said many times the water tasted salty.
Khan suggested agencies such as regional corporations, emergency first responders, hospitals, and even remote communities with water problems could benefit from the water purification system.
Dr Stephen Ramroop, CEO of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, applauded Powertrin’s initiative to have water purification available to the public. He said in the case of natural disasters, such as an earthquake or tsunami, the most important resource the country would need is water.
Ramroop referred to the problem Haiti had during the 2010 earthquake when thousands of people were without clean, drinkable water resulting in the spread of diseases such as cholera. He said if first responders and regional municipalities acquired a purification machine they would be able to get water to people much more effectively.
Ramona Ramdial, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Water Resource, commended Powertrin for its efforts to provide water treatment systems to the public and hoped the private sector would become more involved in the well-being of the country.
She highlighted while three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is made up of water, only one percent of it is drinkable, and as such should be preserved.