August 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm EST
Royal Swedish Yacht Club partners with Bluewater to turn Baltic Sea water into drinking water
Bluewater and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club are turning Baltic water into clean drinking water for summer visitors to the Stockholm archipelago island of Sandhamn to help protect its threatened underground water reservoirs and help avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.
KSSS has taken the initiative to help save threatened water supplies on the beautiful Baltic Sea island of Sandhamn this summer by opening a unique hydration station that serves fresh drinking water generated from water pumped directly from the sea. The water station has been built by Stockholm-based Bluewater, a world leader in easy-to-use water purification technologies.
“Sandhamn, which is a highly popular destination for KSSS members during the summers months, suffers an acute water shortage. That’s why we decided to find a solution by using water from the Baltic.” said Magnus Woxén, head of operations at KSSS.
“Thanks to Bluewater can now offer visitors to Sandhamn the chance to drink as much water as they want without having to place any demand on local resources just be using the water from the Baltic.”
Bluewater uses its patented, second generation reverse osmosis technology to turn brackish Baltic Sea water into fresh drinking water.
Bluewater’s compact water purifiers remove up to 99% of most known water contaminants such as toxic metals like lead, chemicals, pharmaceutical residues, and micro-organisms down to 0.0001 microns (500,000 times tinier than the diameter of a human hair), while using around 80 percent less water than a traditional RO water purifier to flush out contaminants.
Bluewater and KSS are turning Baltic water into clean drinking water for summer visitors to Sandhamn
Bluewater caught the attention of KSSS after the company successfully helped Swedish America’s Cup Challenger Artemis Racing turn harvested rain water at its base on Bermuda into drinking, cooking and washing water for the 100 athletes and support staff. Eighteen months ago, the company also donated two of its powerful Pro water purifiers to the American town of Flint in Michigan, which saw its tap water poisoned by extremely high levels of lead.
Bengt Rittri, a Swedish environmental entrepreneur who founded Bluewater four years ago, says Bluewater’s advanced water purifiers are an ideal solution to help solve water shortage problems along Sweden’s East Coast archipelago.
“The Bluewater Pro is able to generate up to 5.7 liters per minute of clean, fresh water direct from the Baltic, uses little energy and is very compact, which makes them ideal for use by summer home owners and communities in places like Sandhamn that suffer acute water problems,” said Bengt.
Committed to leveraging human ingenuity to find solutions to the problems threatening the planet’s environmental wellbeing, Bengt is deeply concerned about the levels of plastic now found in all oceans around the world. With micro plastics in the stomachs of almost one in three mackerel caught in the Baltic, according to Stockholm University’s Baltic Sea Centre, Bengt has made delivering clean drinking water and tackling ocean plastic pollution a cornerstone of Bluewater’s business mission.
Bluewater’s water purifiers are an ideal solution to help solve water shortage problems along Sweden’s East Coast archipelago
“Sweden is famed around the world for being a clean country, yet the Baltic suffers from unacceptable plastic waste and other pollution as well as a growing shortage of drinking water. As concerned individuals and businesses, we need to use all our ingenuity to protect both water resources and marine environments,” said Bengt Rittri.
“KSSS wants to minimize any negative impact our activities may have on the environment by continuously looking for new ways to drive sustainability and environmental awareness,” says Stefan Rahm, the club head at KSSS. “Our sustainability efforts embrace working with partners such as Bluewater, a company providing technology designed to reduce environmental impact by protecting out water assets and cutting the need for single use plastic water bottles.”
Fast Facts about Marine Pollution in the Baltic
- Up to 40 tonnes of microplastics – particles <5mm in diameter – are released annually into the Baltic Sea catchment area through the use of products like body wash, shower gels and scrubs, according to the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, HELCOM
- HELCOM says Scientific studies show that microplastics can bring serious harm to the marine environment and its inhabitants. When in water, microplastics act as magnets, attracting and carrying bacteria and various contaminants that “colonize” the particles.
- Around 130 tons of polyethylene particles from personal care products are flushed down the household drains in the Baltic Sea catchment area each year, according to HELCOM.