A desalination plant in Swansea, Mass., has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Global Water Award given out by Global Water Intelligence, an organization that monitors developments and trends in the global water industry.
The plant, operated by the Swansea Water District, was commissioned last year. It has the capacity to process 4 million gallons of salt water per day and deliver 2.2 million gallons of fresh water to homes and businesses in the town.
Swansea's desalination plant will be facing the challenge of competing against facilities in traditionally leading desalination markets, such as Dubai, Israel and Singapore, the local Taunton Gazette reported. Just being shortlisted for the award is a huge recognition, said Water District superintendent Robert Marquis.
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He explained that the Swansea desalination plant is the first municipal desalination project in New England and the acknowledgement of its quality of operation was in no way solicited by the Water District. It was nominated by a weekly industry journal, Water Desalination Report, which has been following the project ever since it was first conceived more than a decade ago.
According to Global Water Intelligence, among the reasons for including the Swansea desalination plant in the list of candidates was the fact that it was the first of its type in rural Massachusetts and desalination was in fact the only viable option for the town of Swansea, which has been fighting water scarcity since the 1980s.