Machine for Desalination of Israel Sea Water Completed in U.S.

The completion of the first mass-production type of machine for desalination by the Zarchin process has been announced by the Israel Government and the Fairbanks Whitney Corporation of the United States, partners in the development and testing of the Zarchin method.

After tests in Beloit, Wisconsin, the process was termed “the most economical method of desalting known to date. The new machine will be installed in a plant to be built in Eilat on the Gulf of Akaba. Ground-breaking ceremonies are slated for early March. The plant may be operational by early 1962. The Israel Government and the American firm worked together 13 months on the new process.

Actual cost figures for water conversion were not available. It was said, that to be worthwhile, the ratio of capital and operating cost production should approach one dollar per 10,000 gallons.

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