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Latest News January 20, 2022
WaterCap brings the first state-of-the-art, containerised desalination plant to Somalia

WaterCap’s containerised water purification systems provide clean drinking water to World Health Organisation and European drinking-water standards. Our Chelsea Village WaterCap unit offers an output range from 1000 to 800,000 litres a day. Through this establishment we can easily meet your water requirements, offering delivery straight to your accommodation or office within the AAIA. Reach out to us at bookings@chelseavillage.com or +252 (0)612352491 for more information.

Find out more about WaterCap solutions here.

The WaterCap story

For three years up until 2017, WaterCap provided secure accommodation camp Chelsea Village in Mogadishu, Somalia, with a Reverse Osmosis plant that provides WHO-standard clean drinking water straight from the tap. This not only provides ongoing water security but reduces the carbon footprint, as no bottled water is needed – minimising the waste pollution from discarded plastic. During this period, we guaranteed water security successfully for our clients in Mogadishu, one of the most hostile places in the world.

In 2017, WaterCap brought its first containerised desalination plant to Somalias shores.

“Water security and the reuse of water is essential for any remote-site operation in challenging environments and even more so in drought-ridden countries such as Somalia,” says Chelsea Village Manager Costa Yiannakis. After studying the freshwater aquifer that supplies the water to Chelsea Village, and many of the surrounding embassies and operations, the team decided to make the investment into a Desalination plant. “With a continued lack of fresh water and our operation 1km from the sea, we decided to invest into desalination as this does not pressurise a threatened water source that is already being exhausted and allows balance and control across the aquifer.”

The WaterCap solution 

Desalination Plant Mogadishu

The Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination plant is one of our solutions. It is European-designed and takes into consideration more than three years of water monitoring from WaterCap’s existing plant in Chelsea Village, analysing how the aquifer changes during the seasons depending on demand. The result is a water treatment plant fit for purpose, complying to both European and WHO standards for Somalia.

WaterCap’s Tier 1 manufacturer utilises the latest technology in water treatment processing and provides 24/7 monitoring of the water treatment plant’s operation, offering immediate service support remotely. The water treatment plant processes salt water into drinking water at over 5m3 per hour on demand 5000 litres. Utilising the very latest pump technology ensures that the plant has a low power consumption footprint.

Security Considerations

The design of the plant takes into account the ever-increasing volatility of security in Mogadishu as it can be quickly assembled and disassembled by the Enigma Alliance teams if the security situation deteriorates. “If we need to get our assets or the clients’ assets mobile in 48 hours we can do so,” says Costa. “This is one of the key considerations of all our products (NapCapWaterCap, SafeCap, and GymCap): that they are mobile, rapidly deployable, plug-and-play solutions that are easily transportable.”

The Future of Water Security in Somalia

WaterCap’s strategy is the partnering of solutions and the education of water conservation, its reuse, and waste-water management in areas such as Somalia. We believe that education plays an essential role in how to stabilize the world’s most precious resource, and this has to be shared at grassroots level if Sustainable Development Goal 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’ is to become a reality. “WaterCap is eager to play its part in assisting the current water challenges in Somalia and partnering for solutions,” says Costa.

For information about WaterCap and any of our other remote site solutions, please reach out to hello@enigma-alliance.com

Enigma Alliance is able to transform inhospitable areas, whether that be city locations or remote environments, into safe and comfortable experiences through our turnkey life support solutions. Our containerised, plug-and-play products are designed by a team with more than 25 years of experience operating in fragile and high-risk environments. We offer quality and secure container accommodation (NapCap), plug and play saferoom units (SafeCap), modular state-of-the-art gyms (GymCap), and modular water purification and waste management systems (WaterCap).

Chelsea Village, a secure accommodation camp in Mogadishu, was designed, built, and managed by COG an Enigma Alliance company. Providing peace of mind, expert organisation, and on-the-ground support, Enigma Alliance offers an end-to-end solution for clients who are required to perform specialised tasks, often under extreme conditions.