New Desalination Plant Undergoing Final Trials

desalination plant signSt Mary’s new desalination plant is currently going through routine trials before it begins producing water for the island.

The £478,000 scheme has been funded from a £1.5m Defra grant. The Council says the project is on budget.

Chair of the General Purposes committee, Steve Sims, says the new kit will be better for the environment as it uses 26% less electricity than the current model, which consumes 75kW each hour.

And the capacity to produce water is higher when running at full power.

Steve says the new facility also has better sound proofing so, from the outside, it’s much quieter than the existing unit.

The plant is being fed by new boreholes near Pellistry, set 60m down.