Culebra desalting plant open for interested bids

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Desalting plant bids for the Island of Culebra will be opened next week, June 9th, by Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority. The opening had been scheduled three weeks earlier, but was postponed after the U.S. Navy asked to review PRASA's desalting supply plans for Culebra's 800 residents. Culebra, a small island to the east of Puerto Rico, has been used over the yrs. as a target practice area and its beaches have been stormed in numerous war games by the Navy. Some island dwellers are now protesting continuing use of Culebra, Vieques and other smaller islands for mock warfare by Navy.

At any rate, PRASA's duty is to help the islanders with their potable water supply, worsened by drying-up of four wells which, with rain catchment, previously supplied Culebra. It had also earlier been PRASA's plan to connect a 50,000 GPD reverse osmosis unit to the 1200 ppm TDS brackish wells, and the RO unit would have served as original for several duplicate facilities in other locations in P.R. Meanwhile, barged-in water is augmenting Culebra's rainwater cisterns.

The present construction invitation covers two vapor compression distillation units with a total capacity of 30,000 GPD. In addition to their installation, Jose Goitia, PRASA desalting chief and project mgr., says PRASA will also operate the units. Invitations were mailed to these desalting manufacturers: Aqua-Chem, Westinghouse, Colt Industries, Mecco, AMF and Aerojet-General.

Volume 6
Issue 23
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