Dirty water drinkable on Royal Navy’s new ships

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THE Royal Navy’s new £1bn Type 45 destroyers are to be fitted with generators to make seawater drinkable.

A contract has been awarded to Pall Corporation to retrofit its Integrated Membrane System (IMS) to the six Portsmouth-based warships which were built by BAE Systems.

It comes after sea trials demonstrated that the system works efficiently – even with the high contamination levels found in some coastal waters.

The self-cleaning generator is said to reduce maintenance tasks and has lower running costs compared to conventional water treatment systems.

Tom Quaye, of BAE’s Type 45 programme, said: ‘The Type 45 is the largest and most powerful air defence destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy.

‘It is a versatile platform capable of contributing to worldwide maritime and joint operations in multi-threat environments.

‘It is essential that these ships can produce fresh water wherever they are operating and we were very pleased with the performance of Pall’s IMS for delivering fresh water supplies.’