EL PASO – Enviro Water Minerals Company has completed its new desalination facility. El Paso Inc. reports that this is the world’s first commercial full-recovery desalination plant.
Construction began in February 2016. The plant was designed to produce 2.1 million gallons per day of potable water from brackish water.
The new facility is next to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant at 3640 Global Reach Dr.
City water officials said conventional desalination technologies for brackish water typically yield 75 to 85 percent fresh water. Enviro Water Minerals Company claims its technology can recover 99 percent of the water.
This puts El Paso in a better position to attract companies in the manufacturing sector that use a lot of water, said Marcos Delgado, executive vice president at the Borderplex Alliance.
Texasbased Enviro Water Minerals uses its technology to extract minerals and contaminants discharged in wastewater from the desalination process. The leftover salts and minerals are turned into commercial products.
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