September 19 saw the beginning of the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja on the Canary Island of La Palma. This natural disaster is causing serious problems for the local population, who have been displaced from their homes and population centres due to the debris. Basic infrastructures, such as water supply and major communication routes have also been affected.
There has been a growing number of gestures of solidarity with the citizens of La Palma as the eruptive activity has evolved. Tedagua wished to contribute through the commissioning of two portable desalination plants in record time to help increase water reserves in the areas affected by the volcano.
On October 5, the plants were transferred to the island of La Palma from Puerto de la Luz (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and arrived at their installation location in Puerto Naos on October 6. In the coming days the plants will be installed and commissioned so that the production of desalinated water suitable for irrigation can commence as soon as possible.
The two plants have a total production capacity of 5,600 m3/day and implement reverse osmosis technology for the seawater desalination process. The containerized build of the plants facilitates their transport and installation, whilst also reducing environmental impact.
The output of these desalination plants will guarantee the supply of water for irrigation to the affected areas of the island. The large banana industry, with 2020 exports of 144,300 tonnes, will benefit particularly as these plants work to minimise the water supply problems caused by the Cumbre Vieja volcano.