KSSS SANDHAMN

Royal Swedish Yacht Club partners with Bluewater to turn Baltic Sea water into drinking water

As climate change threatens to run Stockholm archipelago’s 200 populated islands dry of drinking water, a unique desalination project initiated initiated on an island beauty spot by Bluewater and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club is generating tens of thousands of liters of pristine drinking water every day directly from the Baltic Sea for residents and visiting tourists.

Is the Baltic sea water the new gold?

Can the seawater become the lifeline for the hundreds of thousands of people who live along the Baltic coast or each summer visit the hundreds of archipelago islands?

The answer is likely yes thanks to a unique Swedish technology from Bluewater that is already helping to save the threatened water reserves of an archipelago island commonly known as Sandhamn and ensure the survival of the community’s tourism-driven economy despite an ever-worsening water scarcity crisis.

Drinking water supplies threatened

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) turned to Bluewater to help save threatened water supplies on the beautiful Baltic Sea isle of Sandhamn, or Sandön, which is the island’s proper name, where it operates a popular summertime marina. With the aquifers supplying the island’s 90-strong year around population depleting fast due to frequent summer droughts and the pressure of growing numbers of visitors, KSSS had concluded a radical approach was required to assure drinking water availability.

The answer came from Bluewater, which harnessed its market-leading second-generation reverse osmosis technology to create a micro desalination system capable of delivering yachtsfolk, tourists and residents up to 45,000 liters of pure drinking water every day. Three hydration stations also served on-demand chilled still or sparkling water generated from the Baltic Sea.

Start of a revolution

“We believe this is the start of a revolution, where local communities can increasingly go off the grid to meet their needs for drinking and washing water without causing further damage of climate change threatened ecosystems,” said Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri.

He added that Bluewater’s water harvesting solutions are an excellent example of how human ingenuity can achieve a balance between sustainability, environmental integrity and spurring local economic growth.

An additional benefit of the Bluewater water stations is that they halt the need to use and transport single-use plastic water bottles, which in themselves contribute to both land and ocean pollution which leads to further microplastic contamination in the water and food value chains.

The technology

The Bluewater desalination technology used on Sandhamn harnesses six compact Bluewater Pro water purifiers, which are specially designed to handle brackish water.

Each Bluewater Pro can generate up to 7,000 liters (1849 U.S. gallons/1539 Imperial gallons) of pristine water generated directly from the Baltic Sea, which is pumped into an inline series of three cisterns for onward delivery to a group of centrally located water points in the marina.

Several freestanding Bluewater hydration stations, each with their own dedicated Bluewater Pro400 BVC model, serve chilled still or carbonated water to the general public.