Grundfos Partners with Sychem to Turn Salty River on Crete into Safe Drinking Water
Sychem, a Greek company that specializes in water treatment, desalination, reverse osmosis, and ultrafiltration, partnered with Grundfos, a pump manufacturer in Denmark, to build a new state-of-the-art desalination plant outside of Heraklion. This partnership has allowed locals and tourists to drink water directly from the taps.
The Greek island of Crete is a popular tourist destination with more than 2.5 million visitors each year, but an additional 300,000 permanent residents live in the capital city of Heraklion. Even though the island has over 1,000 kilometers of coastline, it is dry and has almost no groundwater, requiring islanders to rely on rainwater and bottled water instead.
In 2014, Sychem installed a brand new public desalination plant into operation west of Heraklion, close to the river of Almyros.
“The Almyros Desalination Park is a custom built state-of-the-art facility that can provide fresh and safe drinking water for a fraction of the price. And at the same time we have built the first educational facility in Europe, where people can get to know the technology and benefits of desalination,” says Factory Manager, Notis Ellinakis from Sychem.
Informing the people on the island is key to the success of this project, since most islanders are not accustomed to drinking desalinated water. Outside the plant there is an automatic dispenser, where residents can collect the desalinated drinking water for free.
“Since this is a public plant, only a one-time sum of money was allocated for the project, which means that besides being automatic with a minimum of maintenance, we also had to select the best and most reliable products for the plant. For this reason we are very happy with the partnership with Grundfos,” says Mr. Ellinakis.
Grundfos is a leading supplier of pumps for the water and wastewater industries and is the world’s largest pump manufacturer with more than 18,000 employees globally.