BALASHI, Aruba -- Water, water everywhere -- and there is a lot to
drink, more than 11 million gallons of fresh water a day, to be
Converting seawater to drinking water is a process that can be
seen at Aruba's desalination plant called Water-en-Energie Bedrijf
The desalination process produces tap water by heating seawater
under vacuum conditions until it vaporizes. Then the water vapor is
condensed as distilled water, which eradicates bacteria and
guarantees fresh water.
Once the saltwater is converted to fresh, two local companies
bottle and sell it.
The plant can be toured free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m. on Thursdays. Groups of 10 or more should request a separate
tour by calling (011) 297-8 54600. The plant's Web site is located
at www.webaruba.com. -- H.M.
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