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Zarchin Desalination Plant in Israel Sold for Use by Italians

February 8, 1967
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An Israeli desalination plant, produced in accordance with the vacuum-freezing process invented by Alexander Zarchin, has been sold to the Italian Government, it was announced here today.

The first such plant to be sold abroad will be used in Italy’s semi-arid south. The Israeli firm will supply its key components, and the rest will be made in Italy according to Israeli specifications and plans. Cost of the plant is $250,000.

The plant will be assembled at Bari, Italy, for testing, after which it will be shipped to the south of Italy, where Israeli experts will be on hand to operate it for the first few months. It will produce 400 tons of fresh water per day. A similar plant is now in use in Eilat, Israel, and a second reportedly may be constructed next summer.

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