RWL Water Supplies Drinking Water to Chilean Community Throughout Earthquake and Tsunami

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Chanavayita town suffers from a severe earthquake, but drinking water supplied by RWL Water is uninterrupted.

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I was congratulated by the leader of the town, who recognized our systems as providing the only reliable source of water.

On April 1, 2014, the town of Chanavayita, a fisherman’s village 50 kilometers from Iquique on the Pacific Chilean coast, suffered a severe 8.2 magnitude earthquake, followed by a tsunami. The population has relied on RWL Water’s seawater desalination plant to provide clean drinking water to the town before, during, and after this disaster.

The seawater desalination plant was supplied to Chanavayita in November of 2013, through a Public Works Ministry program for small towns, with a capacity of 1,080 cubic meters per day. The plant provides potable water according to global drinking water standards and includes ultrafiltration, three reverse osmosis units and remineralization as post treatment.

The earthquake was approximately 95 kilometers northwest of Iquique, near the Chanavayita fisherman’s village. The earthquake triggered a tsunami on the coast of Iquique, which supplies inlet water to the plant. These natural disasters have caused an even greater water shortage in the area. RWL Water’s seawater desalination plant was the only plant that maintained a steady output of clean, safe drinking water to the area affected by the earthquake.

“I was congratulated by the leader of the town, who recognized our systems as providing the only reliable source of water,” said Miguel Corrales, RWL Water’s Regional Project Manager in Chile. “We were happy to support those in need of clean water. The town officials and citizens were incredibly appreciative of our work.”

The success of this plant serves as an example of the quality of RWL Water’s systems. RWL Water aims to provide similar communities along the Pacific coast with potable water.

About RWL Water
Founded by Ronald S. Lauder, RWL Water was established with a vision to meet the world’s increasing need for clean water and environmental sustainability. The Company offers global solutions for desalination, water, wastewater, waste-to-energy, recovery & reuse, and food processing treatments. RWL Water provides responsible solutions through the utilization of advanced water purification and recycling technologies.

The Company has designed plants for clients on all seven continents to help industrial and municipal clients treat their complex wastewater effluents in affordable, energy efficient ways.

With more than 7,000 sites installed in over 70 countries around the world, RWL Water has a reputation for superb engineering, fast deployment and affordability. The Company’s core operations are strategically located in the Americas, the Middle East and Europe to provide rapid response through its network of sales, service, technical and engineering professionals worldwide.

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To learn more about the Chanavayita desalination project supplied by RWL Water, or to arrange an interview with Henry Charrabé, President & CEO of RWL Water, or Miguel Corrales, RWL Water’s Regional Project Manager in Chile, please contact Samantha Kelman at +1 (212) 572-4350 or skelman(at)RWLwater(dot)com.

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