Puerto Ricans gets a disaster resilient water purifier system

A water purifier system that works on solar power is supplying residents in Loíza, an hour east of the capital city of San Juan in Puerto Ricans, affected by impacts of two major hurricanes Irma and Maria, with fresh water.

Developed by Lincoln Laboratory and IHS/Roddenberry Foundation team, the Water Aid and Renewable Power (WARP) system cleans polluted municipal water and supplies 850 pure gallons per day for public consumption.

The system is a modified version of a water purification system that the IHS/Roddenberry Foundation team has been installing in disaster-affected areas around the world since 2013. But it needed a generator to power the pumps and purification equipment.

This issue was solved when researchers at Lincoln Laboratory who were developing a set of small, albeit expensive, direct current (DC) systems to power LEDs or cellphone charging stations, collaborated with the IHS/Roddenberry Foundation.

GeoInnovation, which had helped the laboratory deploy large battery and solar array system at the southern U.S. border for a homeland security project also stepped in to help.

The WARP system provides up to 1,500 watts of power when the sun is out.  At night a 600-gallon food-safe storage tank continues providing clean water.

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