A key part of Purpose is recognizing that Parker people and technologies have a vital role to play in making the world a better place. We call it Leading with Purpose and it's one of the core ideas at the foundation of Parker's partnership with Water Mission.
Water Mission is a non-profit organization that responds to the urgent need for safe drinking water around the world in developing countries and areas impacted by natural disasters. Since 2001, the organization has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for more than four million people in 55 countries. And yet, Water Mission did not have a system for treating saltwater.
The need to supply potable water to people after a disaster is one of the greatest challenges. When disaster strikes, a clean water supply must be established as quickly as possible. The longer a population is without a clean water supply, the higher the incidence of disease and other complications. Many Relief agencies struggle to supply clean water in a timely manner due to funding, logistics, and resources. In the past, the solution has been to truck in bottled water. However, one tanker truck can only supply approximately 8000 gallons of water. It would take numerous trucks to supply a large population with water. In addition, moving this amount of water is a resource-intensive and costly task. The operation of moving this large amount of water on highways is a poor use of critical logistic resources and may be restricted due to the nature of the disaster. The roads could be better used for other tasks in the resource-constrained days following a disaster.
In 2014, Parker and Water Mission forged a strategic partnership, in which Parker provided the organization its highest-capacity water purification system that could fit in a standard 20' container. This took watermaker technology, often employed for onboard ship water purification for extending voyages, and scaled it for an entire community.
The Parker Sea Water Desalination Unit, also known commonly as a watermaker, uses reverse osmosis (RO) as its method of seawater desalination. Capable of treating up to 30,000 gallons per day, the container-based system is ready to deploy wherever temporary or emergency potable water is required.
Parker water purification systems were deployed in the US following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Water Mission deployed its Parker RO Unit in Columbia, South Carolina in 2015 in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.
Various size units that have been deployed and installed across multiple sites including:
And then, on September 1st, 2019 Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a record-breaking category 5 storm and battered the islands of Grand Bahamas and Abaco for two days before moving North. It delivered sustained 85mph winds that razed buildings and knocked out the electric infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abaco's largest city.
According to Red Cross, about 45% of the homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco were severely damaged or destroyed while devastating floods compromised the water supply, leaving more than 60,000 people without clean drinking water.
With a production capacity of 30,000 US Gallons Per Day, the LB-30 fills the need for large-scale demand with efficiency and speed. This complete watermaker system is enclosed in a standard 20-foot ISO container and includes a generator, supply pump and storage tanks. Deliverable by road, rail or by sea, the LB-30 can be deployed quickly wherever temporary or emergency potable water is needed.
Watch the video and images supplied by Water Mission of their work in the Bahamas