St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Sep. 27)
Two new seawater desalination units constructed by an Israeli firm were recently dedicated at Charlotte Amalie, it was announced by Shmuel Ben-Tovim, Israeli Trade Commissioner to the United States. The Israeli firm which designed and built the new plant is Israel Desalination Engineering (IDE). Its managing director is Nathan Berkman. Both Ben-Tovim and Berkman visited St. Thomas last week to inspect the units.
According to Ben-Tovim, the two units, already producing fresh water in excess of their design capacity, are the first of their kind in the Western Hemisphere. He said a third unit is scheduled for completion in November on the adjacent island of St. Croix.