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March 8, 2016 2:30 pm

Israel Donates Water-Purification Vehicle to Papua New Guinea

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A GalMobile, which was donated to Papua New Guinea. Photo: Gal-Water.com.

A GalMobile, which was donated to Papua New Guinea. Photo: Gal-Water.com.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated a mobile water purification system to the drought-stricken independent island of Papua New Guinea, Israel21c reported on Sunday.

The GalMobile is a mobile water-treatment, storage and distribution vehicle that connects to any possible water source and produces drinking water in less than 30 minutes that is up to par with standards of the World Health Organization. The system produces approximately 8,000 cups of drinking water per hour.

The Foreign Ministry teamed up with the Caesarea-based G.A.L. Water Technologies, providing water-treatment products to African nations for the past 20 years. Last March, they sent a GalMobile to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, where drinking water is also limited.

The ministry announced its purchase of a GalMobile on Feb. 29 at an event in its Jerusalem offices, held by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and Raphael Morav, director of the ministry’s Pacific Department. During the event, there was a demonstration of GalMobile’s capabilities and how it will help residents of Papua. The southwestern Pacific island is facing its worst drought in a century, and about 85 percent of its 6 million citizens lack access to electricity and tap water, according to Israel21c.

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