Desalination tour focuses on the sea-to-bottle process

BALASHI, Aruba -- Water, water everywhere -- and there is a lot to drink, more than 11 million gallons of fresh water a day, to be exact.

Converting seawater to drinking water is a process that can be seen at Aruba's desalination plant called Water-en-Energie Bedrijf Aruba.

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 -- H.M.

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